A Corpus Christi procession in Janesville last year. (Contributed Photo)
JANESVILLE – To celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the four Catholic parishes of Janesville are working together to offer a regional Eucharistic procession.
On Sunday, June 6th, the Corpus Christi procession begins at 3 p.m. with the display of the Blessed Sacrament on the steps of St. Mary’s Church at 313 E. Wall Street.
Participants then slowly walk the less than 1 mile (1.6 km) walk to St. Patrick Church, 315 Cherry St., as they sing and pray the rosary.
The procession ends with the blessing at an outdoor altar in the parking lot of St. Patrick Church.
Priests, volunteers, and parishioners from the Mary, St. John Vianney, St. Patrick, and St. William Parishes will attend the procession.
“The 2020 Corpus Christi procession was a beautiful public testimony of faith, hope and unity,” said Father Dr. Paul Ugo Arinze, Pastor of the Parish of St. John Vianney.
“The procession really impressed the people. When we passed street cafes, people stood out out of respect. Others prayed with us or even stopped what they were doing and joined the procession. “
Br. Drew Olson, Parish Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, said: “The procession in Janesville last year was attended by hundreds of people, even in the midst of COVID. We want to build on this dynamic and invite people from all over the diocese. We also hope to foster community by adding a hatchback for families after the procession. “
After the Blessing in the St. Patrick Church parking lot, processionists are invited to stay for food, music, and games.
The churches provide grilled meat and those who wish to stay for the celebration are invited to bring their own garden chairs, snacks, and drinks.
Processionists will be asked to park in the St. Patrick School parking lot (where the procession ends) and then be taken by bus to the Nativity of Mary Church at the beginning of the event.
More information and a map of the processional route can be found at saintpatrickofjanesville.org/corpus-christi