HASTINGS (SNR) – Bishop James Conley led a Eucharistic procession in Hastings Oct. 28.
The procession, from Holy Cross Chapel at Crosier Park to St. Cecilia Church, was part of the parish’s daylong event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima.
Participants processed to four altars. They were prepared by the Teens for Life group from St. Cecilia High School, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Hispanic ministry and the “Divine Will” Bible study group. Other major groups who assisted were the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Columbus Council 11823 and altar servers from St. Cecilia and St. Michael parishes in Hastings.
The event included talks by Bishop Conley, Father Scott Courtney of St. Joseph Church in Geneva and St. Mary in Shickley, Doug Barry, host of the EWTN hit series “Battle Ready,” and Teresa Monaghen, A.O. of Elkhorn.
Bishop Conley celebrated Mass in St. Cecilia Church after the procession.
Organizer Bob Sullivan of St. Cecilia Parish was pleased with the turnout.
“A non-Catholic neighbor came out to see the procession,” he reported. “She flagged down one of the processors and asked what it was. It was explained that we were walking with Jesus Christ so we can worship Him and so He can bestow special blessings on our community.”
The woman, who is 103 years old, responded, “That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”