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Duluth Diocese to celebrate 125 years with Eucharistic procession

The Diocese of Duluth will mark its 125th anniversary on Saturday by inviting the members of its parishes to walk nearly four miles, rain or shine, to celebrate history and faith.

The Diocese of Duluth will mark its 125th anniversary on Saturday by inviting the members of its parishes to walk nearly four miles, rain or shine, to celebrate history and faith.

Bishop Paul Sirba, carrying the Eucharist in a monstrance with help from five regional deans and priests, will lead the procession from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena for Mass, said Kyle Eller, communications director for the Diocese of Duluth.

"It's a way to both celebrate that history and also a way to just bear witness to the continuity of our faith, that we continue to believe in the Catholic faith, and we cherish it and want to bring it to our city and bring Jesus to our city," Eller said.

As of Thursday, Eller estimated that 1,700 people would take part in the procession. They will come from numerous parishes within the diocese, which extends from International Falls to Pine City, and as far west as the Brainerd area, Eller said.

"One of the fun things about doing a precession like this is parishes will be having T-shirts that are distinctive or will be carrying banners or things like that," Eller said.

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Although this is the first Eucharistic procession the Diocese of Duluth has held, Eller said it's not uncommon in other parts of the world.

From the cathedral at 2801 E. Fourth St., the procession will leave at noon and head west on Fourth Street, eventually dropping down to First Street and passing the Civic Center before taking Fifth Avenue West to the DECC, Eller said.

The procession will stop twice along the route - at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center and the Damiano Center - for prayers, food and water. The Mass at the DECC will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to park at the DECC, where shuttles will take people to the cathedral for the start, Eller said. If they don't want to walk the entire route, shuttles will be taking people to the stops at St. Mary's and the Damiano Center.

For those who choose not to take part in the procession, a group will be praying at the DECC throughout the procession.

"We want every Catholic to feel totally invited, that this is the body of Christ and we want everybody to feel very welcome to come and participate and be there," Eller said.

If you go

What: 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth Eucharistic Procession and Mass

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When: Procession begins at noon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth; a hot dog lunch will be held before the procession at 11 a.m. at the cathedral. Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the DECC Arena. Refreshments to follow.

Parking: Park at the DECC and take the provided shuttle to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

More information: dioceseduluth.org

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