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An historic cross-country journey with Jesus Christ will be making its way through the Diocese of Lake Charles in early June as the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage sets its sights on Indianapolis for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.

While pilgrimages have a long legacy within the Church, this is the first undertaken at such a scale — traveling coast-to-coast with Our Eucharistic Lord.

Four separate Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimages — with starting points in California, Texas, Connecticut, and Minnesota — will converge in Indianapolis on July 16, 2024.

The Diocese of Lake Charles is located along the southern arm, called the Juan Diego Route. Departing on May 17 in Brownsville, Texas, the Pilgrimage will pass through Southwest Louisiana June 3-4, making its arrival at Camp Karol in Moss Bluff on Monday for Youth Adoration Night.

Jesus will be the focus of the entire “Eucharistic Caravan” with 24 Perpetual Pilgrims (those who have committed themselves to making the entire 60-day journey) traveling a total of 6,500 miles.

The southern arm of the Pilgrimage was named for St. Juan Diego because of his great devotion to the Eucharist. He made his own little pilgrimage every day, rising before dawn and walking 15 miles to daily Mass.

The National Eucharistic Revival began on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) in 2022 and continues through 2025. Following the Congress will be a “Year of Missionary Sending,” in which Catholics from all stages and walks of life will be sent out to share Christ’s love that they have received in encounter with him through the Eucharist.

Plenary Indulgence

A decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary and approved by Pope Francis indicates that a plenary indulgence will be granted to the Christian faithful who participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage at any point between May 17 and July 16, 2024. It will also be granted to the elderly, infirm, and all those who cannot leave their homes for a serious reason and who participate in spirit with the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, uniting their prayers, pains, or inconveniences with Christ and the pilgrimage.

This indulgence is granted under the usual conditions of sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father. They faithful may also apply this indulgence through suffrage for the souls of the faithful departed in Purgatory.

Pilgrimage Events

All are invited to accompany Jesus as he makes his way through the Diocese of Lake Charles. Please note that events and their details — location, timing, etc. — are subject to change.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Youth Adoration Night at Camp Karol — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Camp Karol, 1087 Bozo Road, Moss Bluff

Adoration Night for youth with presentation from the Pilgrims — Camp Karol will welcome the youth of the diocese for a night of prayer, music, and reflection on the Blessed Sacrament led by the visiting pilgrims.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Mass at St. Theodore Catholic Church — 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
St. Theodore Catholic Church, 785 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff — The Pilgrims will join the community of St. Theodore Parish for Daily Mass

Midday Prayer in Cathedral — 9:50 AM to 10:05 AM
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street, Lake Charles — Short Morning Prayer service in the Cathedral with the Pilgrims before beginning the walk through Lake Charles

• Walk with the Pilgrims from the Cathedral to Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana — 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM

Catholic Charities Tour and Work Project — 10:25 AM to 11:10 AM
Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, 1225 Second Street, Lake Charles — Pilgrims will hear an explanation of the work of Catholic Charities and help in the warehouse for a short period.

• Walk with pilgrims from Catholic Charities to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 610 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles — 11:10 AM to 11:25 AM

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and School Presentation — 11:25 AM to 12:15 PM
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 610 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles

Presentation on the history and significance of Sacred Heart Parish and School in Lake Charles, including the influence of Saint Katharine Drexel. Mr. Charles Honoré and Deacon Harold Nixon will present a history of Sacred Heart Parish and School, including the influence of Saint Katharine Drexel and her sisters, and its impact on the Black Catholic Community of Lake Charles.

• Walk from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2031 Opelousas Street, to St. Henry Catholic Church, 1021 Eighth Avenue, Lake Charles — 1:55 PM to 2:45 PM

St. Henry Parish Presentation — 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
St. Henry Catholic Church, 1021 Eighth Avenue, Lake Charles — A lively celebration with the Hispanic Community. Festivities will include a time of prayer with music, a short presentation on the Hispanic Community in Lake Charles, a cultural activity with refreshments, and games with prizes.

Vespers Service at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 710 N. State Street, Jennings — 4:25 PM to 5:00 PM —  The Pilgrims will pray Vespers in the church with the Jennings Community.

For more information on the Perpetual Pilgrims, visit https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/perpetual-pilgrims

For more information and to register for any National Eucharistic Pilgrimage events in the Diocese of Lake Charles, CLICK HERE


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