Bishop seeks public expression of faith

Bishop seeks public expression of faith

The Eucharistic Procession for Corpus Christi passes from St Patrick’s Street to Grand Parade back in1942. 

THE Bishop of Cork and Ross has urged Catholics to publicly celebrate their faith on the streets of the city at this year’s Eucharistic Procession.

The Procession, now in its 92nd year, will be held on Sunday, June 18. 

It commenced in 1926 when a group of businessmen in the city approached the then Bishop, Daniel Coholan, with a view to having a Eucharistic Procession in the city to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi. 

It was hoped that such an event might heal the division and bitterness in civil society at the time.

Bishop of Cork and Ross Dr John Buckley said: "Remarkably, since then, the Procession has not just survived but has become a feature of Catholic life in Cork.

Our faith is not something that we celebrate behind closed doors, it is something that is meant to affect our daily lives."

"Four years ago, while speaking at the Procession, Archbishop Brown said that we worship Jesus in our churches for fifty-one Sundays of the year. On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we worship Him publicly in the streets. 

"We should seek opportunities to celebrate our faith in public and give witness to the faith that has been given to us. The Eucharistic Procession is an ideal way of doing that."

Bishop of Cloyne William Crean will preach the Homily at this year's event and Catholic groups from across Cork will walk in the Procession. 

These include the Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Sick Poor Societies, SHARE, the Legion of Mary, the Pioneers and others. 

"It is appropriate that the Procession gives honour to the Blessed Sacrament and includes all Catholic groups and parishes," Bishop Buckley. 

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