New Bedford streets ready to welcome Blessed Sacrament and worshipers June 18

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The streets of the historic Whaling City will once again welcome the Blessed Sacrament in a procession honoring the Body of Christ, to be held on June 18.

For many years now hundreds of diocesan faithful have lined the streets of New Bedford, or have walked along with the Eucharistic procession, in prayerful honor of Our Lord and Savior.

The procession is organized by dedicated members of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration program at Our Lady’s Chapel, along with other faith-filled volunteers and the friars at the chapel.

“The procession is important because it is a public witness to the faith,” Father Matthias M. Sasko, F.I., of Our Lady’s Chapel told The Anchor. “Our Lord belongs in the public domain — a Eucharistic procession is an opportunity for Catholics to give witness to their faith, especially to Our Lord’s true presence — Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, hidden under the appearances of bread — and for spectators to experience the presence of God in the world and hopefully in their personal lives.  

“In a world where God’s presence is being excluded in a systematic way, a procession is a beautiful way to make that presence erupt anew in places (or lives) where it has been forgotten or excluded.”

The annual procession will begin at Our Lady’s Chapel, 600 Pleasant Street in New Bedford at 2 p.m., and embark on a journey visiting three station churches during the afternoon.

The stations are:
— Our Lady of Purgatory Maronite Parish, 11 Franklin Street;
— St. Lawrence Martyr Parish,565 County Street; and
— The Missionaries of Charity convent, 566 County Street.  

The priests (or religious) from each church will be participating in some part of the procession.  Other clergy are welcome to participate and have done so in the past. 

During the procession, priests will take turns carrying the monstrance as faithful sing Eucharistic hymns and pray the Rosary.

Following the last station at Missionaries of Charity convent, the procession will return to Our Lady’s Chapel.

For more information call 508-994-5035.

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