Way of the Cross in New Bedford on Good Friday

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Catholic movement Communion and Liberation has organized a Way of the Cross to take place in New Bedford on Good Friday, April 14 at 11 a.m. It will begin at St. Joseph-St. Therese Church, 1960 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford. Father Luca Brancolini, a priest of the Fraternity of St. Charles Borromeo, will lead the procession and provide short meditations at various stops along the Way of the Cross. All are invited to join this procession.

The Way of the Cross is a traditional Catholic procession that recalls the redeeming suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

This year, the procession will leave St. Joseph-St. Therese Church and continue through Brooklawn Park to Ashley Boulevard and Tarkiln Hill Road. The Way of the Cross will include prayers, readings, and hymns as it makes various stops along the route. It will conclude at St. Mary’s Church on Tarkiln Hill Road at approximately 1 p.m.  

The Way of the Cross has become a public gesture of prayer and participants aspire to be united to the prayers of Pope Francis during this holy season. In this year’s Lenten Message, Pope Francis said: “The Lord, Who overcame the deceptions of the tempter during the 40 days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s Word, be purified of the sin the blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.”

Communion and Liberation is an international movement in the Catholic Church founded by Msgr. Luigi Giussani in 1954. Through its members, it is actively present in more than 90 countries and many dioceses in the United States. Communion and Liberation is a friendship, open to everyone, reminding everyone of the living presence of Christ in the Catholic Church. 

They work in different professions and come from various backgrounds. They are united by Baptism and the experience that Christ, recognized as present in daily life, makes it possible to be truly happy without ignoring the difficulties of life.

To learn more about Communion and Liberation go to the website, http://us.clonline.org/

For more information about the Way of the Cross, contact Amanda Sampson at 508-817-7268 or clnewengland2@gmail.com.

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