Eucharistic Pilgrimage - Serra Route Updates

Posted 05.08.24 in Spirit News

Revival Events Coming to You this Summer!

The Eucharistic Pilgrimage will be headed to Nebraska and Iowa in June! Pilgrims will travel through the Grand Island Diocese June 12-19, 2024, Lincoln Diocese June 20-21, Archdiocese of Omaha June 22-23, and the Diocese of Des Moines June 23-25. Dioceses have asked anyone interested in attending the free events along the route to RSVP online, so they can get a count of how many people will be attending.

RSVP for Grand Island Diocese Events here
RSVP for Lincoln Diocese Events here
RSVP for Archdiocese of Omaha Events here
RSVP for Des Moines Diocese Events here

Be sure to check out Spirit Catholic Radio’s Eucharistic Miracles Display at several locations on the Serra route! Tune in to Spirit Catholic Radio to hear updates along the route, and listen along on air to a featured Mass.

Notable Stops:

Note: This is not a full schedule of events. See the National Eucharistic Revival’s website for full schedule of events, or head to your diocese’s website for event information.

June 13: St. Luke Church, Ogallala – Eucharistic Miracles Display, 6PM MT Potluck, 7:30PM MT Eucharistic Adoration

June 14: St. Luke Church, Ogallala – Eucharistic Miracles Display, 8AM Morning Mass followed by Eucharistic Procession

June 19: St. Mary Cathedral, Grand Island – Spirit Catholic Radio live broadcast of 8AM Morning Mass with Bishop Hanefeldt followed by Eucharistic Procession (Formal Transition between the Diocese of Grand Island and the Diocese of Lincoln). This will be a prayerful and beautiful transition of the passing of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage from one diocese to another across the historic Platte River in Nebraska with both Bishop Conley and Bishop Hanefeldt. Procession will start at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, NE and end at St. Ann’s in Doniphan, NE with Eucharistic Adoration 4PM.

June 21: Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln – 8:30AM Morning Mass and 10AM short Eucharistic Procession to John XXIII with Bishop Conley. 1PM Eucharistic Procession between Cloisters on the Platte to Holy Family Shrine (Formal Transition between the Diocese of Lincoln and the Archdiocese of Omaha with both Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Conley). Event concludes with 3:30 PM Eucharistic Adoration at Holy Family Shrine.

June 22: St. Wenceslaus Church, Omaha – Eucharistic Miracles Display, Eucharistic Adoration 7-8:30PM. The Eucharistic Miracles Display will remain til June 24th for viewing.

June 22: St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha – Eucharistic Miracles Display

June 23: St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha – Eucharistic Miracles Display, Morning Mass 10:30 AM with Archbishop Lucas, and 12PM Eucharistic Process from Cathedral in Omaha, NE to St. John’s at Creighton University, Omaha. 1PM Eucharistic Adoration at St. John’s. 1:30 PM Bilingual Mass at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. 1:45 PM Eucharistic Procession from St John’s Omaha to Tom Hanafan Park. 3PM Eucharistic Procession from River Park to Corpus Christi Parish in Council Bluffs, IA.

In a press conference about the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, Fr. Malachy Napier, CFR, beautifully described the events coming this summer. Never has there been a procession across the U.S., bringing Christ to all these different communities. This Eucharistic Pilgrimage, with the 4 routes, is making an intentional cross over the country, blessing the country with a massive wide Benediction. He noted interestingly, “the pilgrims are making their journey ‘across’ (a – cross) the country.” Fr. Napier emphasized this procession comes at a time when the U.S. needs unity.

What is the National Eucharistic Revival?

Prepare the way of the Lord! The National Eucharistic Revival, called for by the United Stated of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is an ongoing Catholic initiative purposed to inform, educate, and inspire Catholics and non-Catholics alike into deeper relationship with the Eucharistic Lord. The Revival is designed with different phases, with the website for the National Eucharistic Revival stating, “It takes time to kindle a living, loving relationship—and a relationship with Jesus Christ is no exception. That’s why the National Eucharistic Revival allows three years for discernment, encounter, and grassroots response on the diocesan, parish, and individual levels.”

Diocesan Year: The Revival began on the feast of Corpus Christi, 2022, with countless Eucharistic Adoration and Procession events across the country. These Eucharistic moments would be the sparks that set U.S. Dioceses ablaze with Eucharistic fervor, with year 2022-2023 having been dedicated to diocesan revival. In the summer of 2023, Spirit Catholic Radio was blessed to be able to work with the Diocese of Grand Island, Diocese of Lincoln, and Archdiocese of Omaha. Together, we brought the faithful a three-day event called the “Eucharistic Encounter,” attended by nearly 3,000 people. The wonderful priests and staff at St. Mary Cathedral (Grand Island), Cathedral of the Risen Christ (Lincoln), and St. Wenceslaus Church (Omaha) were incredible hosts, which helped these events be so impactful and far reaching. The three events featured a National Eucharistic Revival speaker, Fr. Malachy Napier of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR), Eucharistic Adoration, music, various saint relics, diocesan/parish ministries and apostolate information tables, and the 157 Panel Eucharistic Miracles Display, designed by Blessed Carlo Acutis and provided by Spirit Catholic Radio.

Parish Year: The Eucharistic Encounter was the summit of Diocesan level revival efforts and also the kick-off for the year of parish revival. Year 2023-2024 saw a nation-wide effort at the parish level for encouraging Eucharistic devotion. Spirit Catholic Radio witnessed these efforts by seeing an overwhelming increase in requests for our free Eucharistic Miracles displays. Starting in Fall of 2022 when the revival began and up until now, we have received over 60 requests for the displays, including requests from states outside of Nebraska and Iowa, such as West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, and Minnesota.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress: The year of parish revival is punctuated at its end with two major events. Thousands will participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, which is a nationwide endeavor to have four Eucharistic Processions starting from each side of the U.S. end in Indianapolis with the National Eucharistic Congress, July 17–24. The four routes are named the Marian Route, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route, St. Juan Diego Route, and St. Junipero Serra Route. The Marian Route begins in the North with Lake Itasca, MN. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Route begins in the East with New Haven, CT. The St. Juan Diego Route begins in the South with Brownsville, TX. The St. Junipero Serra Route begins in the West with San Francisco, CA. The Serra Route may sound familiar! That’s because this procession pilgrimage route will be headed through Nebraska and Iowa this summer. Pilgrims on these routes will carry the Eucharist and travel a total 6,500 miles, stopping in many parishes, major cities and holy sites along the way. Laypeople are encouraged to attend Procession stops and partake in this special pilgrimage.

The National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis will be a momentous event. As the National Eucharistic Revival website states, “Making History: The First National Eucharistic Congress in 83 Years. This is a pivotal moment in both American history and the legacy of the Catholic Church.” The Congress is a multi-day event, featuring some of the best and most well-known speakers and performers in Catholicism. Some names include: Bishop Robert Barron, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, Gloria Purvis, Fr. Josh Johnson, Matt Maher, and Cardinal Christophe Pierre. The event will include impact sessions, reverent liturgies, breakout sessions, a expo hall, Eucharistic procession and adoration, confession, and revival sessions. The Revival proclaims, “Each day of the Congress is packed with opportunities for personal transformation and life-giving Catholic community.” Following the National Eucharistic Congress will be the third and final year of the Revival effort. It will be dedicated to the faithful “going out on mission” to revitalize the world.

Interested in attending the Congress? Reach out to your (Arch)Diocese to see if they are putting groups together to head to the National Eucharistic Congress, or if they are offering special rates.

Receive a Plenary indulgence

Excerpted from a National Eucharistic Revival email message.

News from the Vatican: several key moments in the National Eucharistic Revival are now opportunities to gain a plenary indulgence!

Anyone who participates in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage or attends the 10th National Eucharistic Congress will be granted this special remittance of temporal punishment associated with confessed sins (under the usual conditions of an indulgence). That means every stop along the nationwide Pilgrimage route and the Congress event itself are now even greater opportunities for grace than they were before!

Read the full press release to find out more about these special indulgences, the Apostolic Blessing that will be imparted at the Congress, and how these graces will flow into the Year of Mission.

Press Release

What can you do?

As we head into the final year of the Revival, it calls for personal witness and action. Develop your relationship with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament by attending Eucharistic events at your parish, participate in the Eucharistic Pilgrimage procession events this June, start or join a Bible study or book club (reading about the Eucharist). Go to Eucharistic Adoration and invite friends and family. Do what you can to deepen your love of Christ and to understand His full essence in the Eucharist. Be that personal witness to others- take it to your community. Get people asking you about your faith. Share the love of Christ that awaits all of us in the Eucharist.

Check with your parish to see what they have planned for the revival. If you feel called to help the mission at your parish, bring the Eucharistic Miracles Display to your parish and community. Bring the display, coordinate a Knight of the Holy Eucharist to come give a presentation on the Eucharist, and schedule an evening of Eucharistic Adoration. So many people reach out to us for our display and plan events just like this at their parish.