WAVERLY (SNR) – The 29th annual Marian Mass, rosary and candlelight procession will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, on the grounds of the Catholic Retreat Center near Waverly, at 7 p.m.
Due to bridge construction, 112th Street is closed at Alvo Road, the most commonly-used route to the retreat house. Participants should approach the Catholic Center grounds from Fletcher Avenue.
Bishop James Conley will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass. A Fatima play will be performed by S.T.A.G.E. (Student Theater And Godly Evangelization) at 5:45 p.m.
The event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend. Seating and handicapped-accessible restrooms will be provided.
This annual event had its beginnings in 1988, when several members of St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln went on a pilgrimage to Marian shrines with then-pastor Msgr. Myron Pleskac.
Lourdes, France and Fatima, Portugal are among the most popular shrines in the world, with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visiting them each year. Msgr. Pleskac, who died in February of this year, had reported that the pilgrims were so inspired by the experiences, “that we felt it was something we wanted to share with our friends and fellow parishioners here at home.”
What began as primarily a parish experience involving 250 people has evolved far beyond the parish boundaries. In recent years, as many as 1,500 people have attended the annual celebration.
After the Mass, the rosary will be prayed in several languages, as is done in Fatima: English, Czech, Spanish, Vietnamese and German. Msgr. Joseph Nemec, pastor of St. Teresa Parish, said this will be a vivid reminder to all who attend of the pilgrims who travel to the famous Fatima shrine from all over the world, “beautifully reflecting the Church’s diversity and at the same time her oneness or unity.”
Questions may be directed to Msgr. Nemec at 402-477-3979.