For the second year in a row, Emmitsburg will be the site of a Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession. The Seton Shrine and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Emmitsburg are working together to conduct the Procession on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ-Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 18. “We’re really pleased to partner with St. Joseph’s again on the Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession,” said Tony DiIulio, Programs Director of The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. “It’s a unique and powerful experience to walk with the Holy Eucharist through the streets of our town.”
The procession will begin at St. Joseph’s Church around 11:30 a.m. on June 18. Participants will leave St. Joseph’s Church and walk nearly a mile to the Basilica at the Seton Shrine while accompanying the Holy Eucharist as it is carried through Emmitsburg. Father John Holliday, C.M., Pastor of St. Joseph’s, will carry the monstrance holding the Holy Eucharist. He will be accompanied by representatives from the Knights of Columbus Brute Council 1860 of Emmitsburg, various groups from St. Joseph’s parish and anyone else interested in participating in this sacred procession. The procession will walk on sidewalks and closed-off side streets, and there will be assistance from the sheriff’s office and other public safety personnel to help ensure participants’ safety. The entire route is handicapped accessible.
Because the procession ends at the Seton Shrine, anyone who wants to participate should park at the Shrine by 11:00-11:15 a.m. in order to have time to walk to St. Joseph’s to join the procession. The Seton Shrine address is 339 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, and the address for St. Joseph’s is 47 DePaul Street, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. There is plenty of parking at the Shrine. The Eucharistic devotion will continue afterward in the Shrine’s Basilica with a Holy Hour from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Confession will be available during that time. The Shrine’s normal 1:30 p.m. Sunday Mass will follow.