Bishop Gerald Vincke, Diocese of Salina, Kansas (Photo Credit: Matea Gregg,
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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Dec. 18, 2023
BELOIT, Kan., Dec. 18, 2023 /Christian
Newswire/ -- On Saturday, January 6, 2024, Bishop Gerald Vincke of the
Diocese of Salina, KS will complete a 20-mile eucharistic procession and
walking pilgrimage for peace from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glasco, KS
to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beloit, KS. The faithful are
invited to join him in this peace pilgrimage, praying for peace in our
world, our country, our communities, families, and hearts. Interested
individuals are welcome to join Bishop Vincke for the entire pilgrimage or
for pre-determined sections of the route. Shuttle services will be available
for pilgrims to return to their vehicles.
Bishop Vincke will offer first Saturday
Mass at 8 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glasco with the pilgrimage for
peace to follow, beginning at approximately 9 am. The route has been
designed to avoid major highways. The pilgrimage with the blessed sacrament
will conclude at approximately 4:30 pm with formal prayers for peace, the
recitation of the Litany for peace, and reposition of the blessed sacrament
at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beloit.
“There is so much unrest in the world
today,” said Bishop Vincke. “It is my utmost desire that all within the
Diocese of Salina would become Apostles of peace in our homes, our
workplaces, and communities by drawing from the living font, the most
blessed sacrament of the altar. This will be the focus of my prayer during
the pilgrimage, and I invite all who are able to join me,” he concluded.
The idea of the pilgrimage first arose as
part of a St. John’s initiative to encourage giving during their recent
#iGiveCatholic campaign. Bishop Vincke committed to the 20-mile walk if
donations reached $250,000. The campaign was incredibly successful netting
$321,204, ranking 6th in the nation when combining church and school
Three factors further developed the idea of
a pilgrimage for peace with the blessed sacrament. United States Catholics
are in the second year of the National Eucharistic Revival, a three-year
initiative by the United States bishops to inspire, educate, and unite the
faithful in a more intimate relationship with the real presence of Jesus in
the Eucharist. This movement will culminate with two events in the summer of
2024 when thousands are expected to participate in the National Eucharistic
Pilgrimage and attend the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis.
Bishop Vincke’s walk, that begins at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church and ends at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, can
be likened to the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin
Elizabeth. This reunion of Mary, miraculously pregnant with Jesus, and her
cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, was a truly joyful
event and reminds us of our joy in the Christ who dwells among us.
Finally, St. John’s was designated a “Star
on the Mantle of our Lady, Queen of Peace,” by Comunità Regina della Pace,
Poland, in 2021. Comunità Regina della Pace (The Queen of Peace Community)
is a Catholic, international apostolate created in 2008 to foster peace and
reconciliation among people and nations of the world through Eucharistic
Adoration. St. John’s parish is currently striving to increase eucharistic
adoration hours toward perpetual adoration, whereby adorers sign up for
designated hours of prayer before the blessed sacrament, both during the day
and throughout the night, seven days a week.
It is also interesting to note that Bishop
Vincke’s pilgrimage is occurring on the Feast of the Epiphany that
celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men from the East, together
with his baptism in the Jordan by St. John the Baptist, and the wedding
feast at Cana.
For more information on the pilgrimage for
peace and how you can participate, see the St. John the Baptist website at https://www.stjohnsbeloit.org/stj-media/news/820-join-bishop-vincke.
SOURCE St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
CONTACT: Janet Hesting, 785-534-0343, firstname.lastname@example.org