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Openings still available for World Meeting of Families trips

Best prices to those who register by April 1

LINCOLN (SNR) - Many news outlets recently reported that Pope Francis has confirmed his plans to address Congress in Washington, D.C. and the United Nations assembly in New York City. But the primary reason the Holy Father will visit our nation is the World Meeting for Families being hosted in Philadelphia from Sept. 22-25.

Pope Francis is expected to bring that gathering to a close with a special Mass Sunday, Sept. 27, and more than a million of the faithful are expected to participate in that event.

The Office for Family Life and Evangelization of the Diocese of Lincoln is sponsoring a trip that will allow individuals, couples and families from the area to take part in these historic events.

Pilgrimage director Father Matthew Eickhoff, said the cheapest options ($450-$600) were made very affordable “by taking advantage of the special relationship the Diocese of Lincoln has enjoyed with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because the diocese have used St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for more than 30 years to provide theological training for our young men preparing for the priesthood.”

Most of the participants on the diocesan pilgrimage will be hosted by Catholic families from St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Warrington, Penn.

“Several of the young priests currently serving in our local parishes did weekly apostolic work for eight months or more at St. Robert’s while attending the seminary in Philadelphia,” Father Eickhoff said. “We presently have two seminarians assigned there.”

One of the diocese’s recently ordained priests, Father Steven Mills (assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ), did his seminary apostolic work at St. Robert’s and has joined Father Jay Buhman (pastor of St. Peter and St. Joseph parishes in Bellwood), pilgrimage director Father Eickhoff (pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Brainard), youth coordinator Jeff Schinstock and NFP coordinator Michele Chambers in organizing the September pilgrimage.

“The pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish agreed to solicit parishioners to provide housing for pilgrims from our diocese to help make the trip affordable,” Father Eickhoff said.

Participants will be transported by van or bus to Philadelphia from Lincoln. About half of those already registered for the pilgrimage will leave in time to attend the official World Meeting for Families before participating in events on the weekend, including the Papal Mass. The other half will enjoy a shorter trip made up of two days of sight-seeing in Philadelphia and participation in the weekend events.

Space is available for all of the options being offered, but prices increase after April 1, 2015. For more information or to register, visit www.lincolndiocese.org.

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