The Lenten One-Day Pilgrimage, hosted by the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois took place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
The pilgrimage began with prayer and reflection at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows led by Fr. David Uribe, O.M.I. “Pilgrimage has been a tradition since before the time of Christ,” Fr. Uribe explained. “We are on our journey and we join generations of pilgrims who have journeyed before. We are a pilgrim group and we are leaving our homes and our comfort zones.”
The group of 90 pilgrims then boarded buses and headed west to St. Louis. The first stop was to visit the Shrine of St. Joseph – a beautifully restored church in downtown St. Louis built in 1843.
After lunch at Favazza’s on the Hill, the pilgrims moved on to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis the King, the crown jewel of the St. Louis Archdiocese. Millions of hand-placed mosaics adorn the basilica’s walls and ceilings.
The pilgrimage ended with the celebration of Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows.