I'm going to take a break this year from leading my own walking pilgrimage. Instead, I will be attempting the full 21-mile Walk to Mary on May 4th. Anyone is welcome to participate and there are a number of different lengths you can walk. Learn more and register at WalktoMary.com

The national Eucharistic Pilgrimage will be coming to Champion Shrine. Four different Eucharistic processions are setting out from the four corner of the United States (North, South, East, and West) and all converging in Indianapolis for the national Eucharistic Congress which is set to occur July 17-21. All four routes and detailed information about where they will be each day can be found at EucharisticPilgrimage.org. There is a neat interactive map that lets you see every single pilgrimage stop on all four routes.

Here are some local highlights:

Tuesday, June 11

6:00-7:30 PM Holy Hour & Confessions at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1104 S 9th Ave, Wausau, WI 54401
Followed by a Social and Reception from 7:30 to 8:30 PM to meet the Perpetual Pilgrims

Register at the LaCrosse Diocese Registration Page

Wednesday, June 12

11:00 to 12 NOON Holy Hour at Holy Family-St. William Catholic Church at 202 N Ellms St, Wittenberg, WI 54499

2:30 to 3:30 PM Holy Hour at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil at 407 S. Warrington Avenue Cecil, Wisconsin 54111

This will be followed by a 1/2 hour walking procession, then a boat procession to Camp Tekakwitha.

Thursday, June 13

1:30 to 4:30 PM Walking Eucharistic Procession starting from Pittsfield Community Center, 4862 Kunesh Road, Green Bay. Walk the Mountain Bay Trail 7.3 miles ending at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2597 Glendale Ave, Green Bay. This will be followed by a procession around St. John the Baptist, and a Mass at 5 PM. (I'm not able to personally participate in this day).

Sunday, June 16

The Pilgrimage will be at Champion Shrine, 4047 Chapel Drive, Champion, WI 54229
1:00 p.m. - Talk on the Eucharist by the National Shrine's Rector.
2:00 p.m. - Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion with Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay
Following Mass - A 1.7-mile Eucharistic Rosary Procession around the grounds of Champion Shrine.
Following the Procession - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Light desserts and refreshments will be offered on-site in honor of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

Register for these above events at the Green Bay Diocese registration page

Registration is free, and it's easier than you might think. If you plan to attend one of these events, let me know through the contact form on the About page of my website.

Peace and Easter joy,
Fr. Joel