Marian Procession 2018

It is 100 years since the foundation of St Clement’s Monastery, Galong!

This year’s annual Marian Pilgrimage will take on extra significance as the Redemptorist’s celebrate 100 years at Galong. St Clement’s was established in 1918, with the Apostolic Nuncio of the day opening the Monastery. To mark this special occasion and link in with this historic relationship, His Excellency, Archbishop Yllana, the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia will be the Principal Celebrant and Marian Preacher. He will be joining our own Archbishop Christopher, for the whole day. As this is a significant occasion, the Marian Procession will have a particular focus on giving thanks to Jesus for this holy place and the Redemptorist’s presence in our Archdiocese.

Over many decades, the Marian Procession has gathered tens of thousands of Catholics from across Australia. The now, rapidly growing Marian Procession is held during the beautiful spring month of October and is a wonderful family day of prayer, feasting and celebration. During the day there will be the opportunity for Mass, the Sacrament of Confession, to pray the rosary, a procession to the grotto and to be inspired by the speakers.

In addition, the Catholic Church is in the midst of the Year of Youth, which was declared by Pope Francis. To facilitate this focus, the day of prayer and celebrations will begin at 8.30am with a Youth Pilgrimage from Galong Village to St Clement’s. This hour long prayer walk will take place with an Icon of the Holy Family and a large cross, being carried by the young people of the Archdiocese and Archbishop Christopher.

The warmer month of October is proving to be a great blessing, with last year’s procession turning out to be a wonderful prayerful day. We were bathed in beautiful spring weather and our numbers were close to 700 pilgrims from a variety of parishes, movements and ethnic backgrounds.

The Marian Procession is on Sunday, October 14 at St Clement’s Monastery, Galong. It will start with Confession at 10.30am, followed by Mass at 11.30am. A multicultural lunch follows at 12.30, with the procession to the Grotto beginning at 2pm. The Marian Sharing will be conducted from the Grotto. Please bring food for the day, an umbrella for shade and a chair to sit on.

On this multicultural family day of festivities, local Parishes, ethnic communities, clergy and religious take time to enjoy one another and journey with Mary to the heart of Jesus. Come and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of rural NSW.

We would love for members of EVERY Parish, EVERY community and EVERY school to be represented at our 2018 Marian Procession.