By Catherine Jarboe, CMN Director for Catholic State Networks and Organizations
– April 15, 2014 –
At CMN our goal is education – and that is often best done by sharing great ideas. This Holy Week, we hope you gain inspiration and ideas from these two resources from the Texas Catholic Conference and from St. Cronan Parish in St. Louis. Our own CMN Lent and Holy Week resources are always available on our website, as well.
In years past, the Texas Catholic Conference has hosted “The Pilgrimage for Life” to promote reflection, prayer, and hope for the fullness of Catholic Church teaching on the life and dignity of the human person, from conception to natural death.
The special day began with the celebration of Mass, and included a Holy Hour for Life, at a local parish. Pilgrims were then able to choose several ways to participate in prayerful witness of the respect from all human life. Cardinal DiNardo led a one-mile prayerful procession from the Huntsville Planned Parenthood to the Huntsville Walls unit, where Texas executions take place.
Along the walk the Cardinal led a rosary for life and included prayers for the many ways that life is threatened including abortion, euthanasia, hunger, and violence. For those unable to do the physical prayer walk, the local parish held Eucharistic Adoration and a social justice-focused Stations of the Cross service. “The Pilgrimage for Life” provided an opportunity for more than 500 Catholic faithful to gather and pray for those affected by infractions on the dignity of life, and for a reinvigoration of the Culture of Life. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
At St. Cronan Parish’s “Way of the Cross” in St. Louis, participants stop at 15 different social justice-focused “stations” in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. At each station, a short reading from Scripture is shared, and then a prayer for justice is said together. At the conclusion of each station, the cross and book of prayer is carried to the next station by a volunteer participant, and then another scripture and prayer is said. At the conclusion of each station, drums and song always lead to the next. For information contact email@example.com.
This article first appeared in the April 2014 CMN Newsletter.