NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On June 7, two Eucharistic Processions will take place in the streets of New Bedford, on the feast of Corpus Christi.
One of the processions begins at Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford at 2 p.m. Several Benediction stations will be set up along the route. The first station is at Our Lady of Purgatory Church on Franklin Street. The monstrance housing the most Blessed Sacrament will then be carried in a procession to St. Lawrence Martyr Church on County Street. From there it goes to the Missionaries of Charity Convent, also on County Street across the street from St. Lawrence.
Priests are most welcome to join the procession. Children are needed to strew flowers in front of the Blessed Sacrament during the procession. Religious groups with their banners are encouraged to attend. A pot luck supper will follow the final Benediction at Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford.
Another Eucharistic Procession, led by the Our Lady of Light Band will begin June 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church on Acushnet Avenue. The procession will travel to St. Kilian and Immaculate Conception churches There will be an outdoor altar for Benediction at each location. The procession will return to St. Anthony’s for final Benediction.
“The Church is asking us to go out with Jesus in the monstrance to the streets and reminds us that Jesus goes out to those who do not come to Him,” Father Edward A. Murphy, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford told The Anchor prior to last year’s event.