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Week of May 2, 2005
Collins plans Corpus Christi procession
By BILL GLEN
WCR Staff Writer
Archbishop Thomas Collins is planning a parade and he wants everyone in the archdiocese to come and rejoice.
Speaking to some 300 Catholic Women's League convention delegates at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove, Collins announced that on May 29 following a special 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica, he will lead a Corpus Christi procession along Jasper Avenue, from the basilica to St. Joachim Church.
Collins plans a few stops during the procession, including a prayer vigil for the sick at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre.
This follows his planned Mass and blessing of the perpetual adoration chapel at St. Andrew's Church earlier in the day.
Collins encouraged the women to carry their CWL council banners in the procession and hold them high.
"You are all invited to gather in a spirit of worship," Collins said.
"We are celebrating this awesome dimension to help us. God doesn't need it, but we need it."
The archbishop urged the women to bring along a friend or a neighbour and to pray for a pained world so in need of God.
Collins asked the women to pray for their brothers and sisters who have "tuned out." He invited those people to join the procession and see what they have missed.
"The Eucharist is a gift, but we need to know what it is. We need to be attentive to the great reality which breaks into our frazzled world," he said.
"To spend time, for five minutes or an hour, in adoration is to enter into the mysteries of who Jesus is and how he changes our lives. It is received and celebrated in the Eucharist, but we also need it in our hearts because we rush too much. We miss the many splendours."
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