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Annual Pilgrimage to the Grotto of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, MD
August 4 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md., is scheduled for Thursday, August 4. Diocesan priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9:15-10:45 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel.
Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel at noon. A free-will offering will be received to cover the facility use and services. Lunch will begin at 1 p.m.; those staying for the afternoon should bring their own lunch. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 2:30 p.m., and Bishop Gainer will give a talk in St. Mary’s Chapel at 2:45 p.m. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be said at 3:30 p.m. The day will conclude with Benediction at 3:50 p.m. Gates to the Grotto will close at 4:30 p.m. The Gift of a Plenary Indulgence is granted to members of a pilgrimage group who, out of devotion to the Blessed Mother and Our Lord, Jesus Christ, visit the National Shrine Grotto on any day of the year. For further inquiries, please contact Father John Hoke (St. Joseph Parish, Milton; 570-742-4356) or Father Michael Reid (St. Vincent Parish, Hanover; 717-637-4625).
8:45 a.m. Volunteers from our Parishes arrive.
9:15 a.m. Pilgrims begin arriving. Volunteers greet pilgrims.
9:15 a.m. Priests available for the Sacrament of Confession
(until 10:45 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Chapel)
(until 11:30 a.m. outside Saint Mary’s Chapel)
11:45 a.m. Preparations for the Mass in Saint Mary’s Chapel [air conditioned space; seats 350 persons]
12:00 p.m. Mass in Saint Mary’s Chapel. Bishop Gainer is Principal Celebrant.
(A free-will offering will be received to cover the facility use and services.)
1:00 p.m. Break for Lunch (individuals responsible to bring their own lunches)
2:30 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Gainer will preside.
2:45 p.m. Bishop Gainer’s talk in Saint Mary’s Chapel
3:30 p.m. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
3:50 p.m. Benediction
4:00 p.m. Farewells
4:30 p.m. Gates to Grotto are closed and locked.