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Biennial diocesan pilgrimage will include a Eucharistic procession

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Catholics of the Diocese of Arlington can join Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in prayer during the biennial diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Oct. 14.

Dominican Father Thomas Joseph White, director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, will speak during the Holy Hour about the message of Fatima. He is the author of The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism.

“Fatima is a call to personal responsibility,” said Father White. “It is a reminder that we need to take serious that what is at stake is our eternal salvation, the offer of perennial happiness with God, but also the real possibility of eternal loss.”

This year’s pilgrimage theme is “Totus Tuus; We are totally yours, Mary.” Totus Tuus was Pope John Paul II’s motto. Father White said the sense of this title is that there is no competition between our devotion to Christ and His Blessed Mother.

“Our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary allows us to grow closer to Christ,” he said. “In growing closer to her, our own lives can be immersed more deeply in the life of Christ.” 

If you go

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., N.E.,Washington

9 a.m. — Opening music 

9:30 a.m. — Welcome and rosary 

10 a.m. — Confessions, Seek and Find family activity 

11 a.m. — Holy Hour with reflections on the message of Fatima 

12 p.m. — Lunch 

1:30 p.m. — Mass with Bishop Burbidge, blessing of religious articles 

2:30 p.m. — Eucharistic procession to Saint John Paul II National Shrine 

3 p.m. — Benediction and Divine Mercy Chaplet at Saint John Paul II National Shrine

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017