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Diocesan Pilgrimage Set for Sept. 28 Print E-mail

Set for Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 5, 2013 – In celebration of the Year of Faith, the Diocese of Rockville Centre today announced a pilgrimage for Saturday, September 28, 2013 to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC.  The pilgrimage will be a day-long journey of faith to honor Mary, to seek her help and protection and to ask God to shower upon us his spirit for our earthly life here on Long Island.

All Catholics across the Diocese are invited to join Bishop William Murphy and his brother bishops for a day-long experience filled with opportunities for prayer, reflection, reconciliation and fellowship.  This pilgrimage is a unique opportunity for fostering faith, conversion and reconciliation.  The talented voices of the Diocesan Choir will provide the music for the liturgies.

The pilgrimage will include praying the Angelus at Noon in the Upper Church; a presentation by John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America; tours, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Sacrament of Reconciliation; Rosary in Word and Song; and celebration of the Eucharist for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Buses will then depart for Long Island at 5:30 p.m.

For the Christian, pilgrimage is a way of life.  Our life on earth is a continuing journey towards complete union with God in the kingdom.  From earliest times, Christians have journeyed to defined spaces and places to practice pilgrimage as a spiritual exercise for growth in faith.  Pilgrimage is a transforming practice which opens us to the gift of the indulgence for ourselves and for others.  It gives renewed meaning to the rites and rituals which are gifts of our faith and which serve to deepen our connection to God through Christ and one another.

Through prayer, personal sacrifice, reflection and service, the pilgrim embarks on his or her spiritual quest.  Celebrating sacramental reconciliation and participating in the Eucharist are integral to the pilgrim’s journey.  Also, acts of charity and penance are performed to express the true conversion of heart brought about by communion with Christ.

Pilgrimage calls for actions which express in a practical and generous way the penitential spirit which the heart of jubilee.  Such actions might include fasting, abstaining from smoking or alcohol, donating time and or money to benefit abandoned children, youth in trouble, lonely elderly people or other similar forms of personal sacrifice.

Many parishes will charter bus transportation.  For more information contact your parish coordinator or Suzanne Lynn of the Office of Worship at 516-678-5800, ext. 207 or

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.  

There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.   In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (04/13).

CONTACT:    Sean P. Dolan
        Director of Communications
        (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
        (c) 516-510-0473