Spring Parish Pilgrimage
Last May, many of us enjoyed taking part in the pilgrimage to La Crosse for the Year of Mercy. This year, I thought we would take another day pilgrimage to the Green Bay area. On Thursday, May 4th, we will be departing at 7am via coach bus from St. Mary’s in Auburndale to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. Here, over 150 years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a young Belgian immigrant woman by the name of Adele Brise and instructed her to teach the area children in the faith. Since then, pilgrims have been coming to this location.
The Catholic Church officially confirmed the Marian apparitions to Adele in 2010, making it the only confirmed place of Marian apparition in the United States. And in 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops officially designated the grounds as a National Shrine. After a brief introduction by Shrine staff upon arrival, you will have the chance to visit the apparition site in the crypt of the Shrine Church, as well as walk some of the grounds. Confessions will be available to pilgrims before the 11am Mass at the Shrine.
Following Mass, we will depart for a buffet lunch at St. Brendan’s Inn in downtown Green Bay. At this popular Irish restaurant, you will have the choice between corned beef and cabbage, or Irish Stew. The meal also includes a salad bar, rolls, seasonal vegetables, dessert, and beverage. (This will be a hearty lunch buffet, I promise!). After lunch, we will head just a few blocks away to St. Francis Xavier, the beautiful Cathedral for the Diocese of Green Bay for a guided tour of the church and history museum.
Finally, we will head to St. Norbert Abbey in DePere where one of the Norbertine friars will give us a tour of the impressive abbey church. The abbey’s beautiful modern stained-glass windows were produced by the same artist that made the windows for the Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Champion. After our visit to the Abbey, we will return to Auburndale sometime around 6:30pm.
Please consider joining us for this pilgrimage! The cost is $40 per person, including bus transportation and meal. Please call St. Mary’s Parish Office at 715-652-2806 to register. Registration is open first to parishioners of St. Michael’s, St. Mary’s, and St. Kilian’s. After April 1st, if there is still space available, registration will be open to anyone.