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DETROIT (LifeSiteNews) – The Archdiocese of Detroit is planning a Eucharistic procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi to restore Eucharistic devotion.  

On June 19, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will lead Catholics in a Eucharistic procession as part of the National Eucharistic Revival in America. 

“(The procession) is an opportunity for Jesus to draw people to Himself, and so we take Jesus to the streets, and we pray,” Sr. Esther Mary Nickel, RSM, director of worship for the archdiocese, told Detroit Catholic.

Catholics will begin with Mass a 1:00 p.m., followed by Eucharistic adoration. The procession will span two miles as the Blessed Sacrament is carried from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.   

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The Feast of Corpus Christi, which translated from Latin meansBody of Christ,” is a major Catholic feast. Traditionally, the feast is celebrated with Eucharistic processions; however, this practice has become less common in recent years.  

Belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is increasingly low, as studies show only one-third of Catholics adhere to the reality of the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, is the “source and summit of the Christian life.”

In response to growing unbelief in one of the greatest Catholic mysteries, this summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching a three-year revival of devotion and faith in the Real Presence. 

The programis divided into three parts: a Diocesan Year of Eucharistic Revival, a Parish Year of Eucharistic Revival, and finally the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States since 1975.  

Already, the Detroit procession is causing an increased interest in the Holy Eucharist. One of the (Detroit police) officers from the precinct who will help us with safety asked, ‘What is this about? What are we really doing?’ Sr. Nickel said 

“I responded and said, ‘It’s a pilgrimage, and we’re not here to stay. We’re on our way to heaven, and this is a symbolic representation of how we’re on our way to heaven together as we go to the streets,’” she continued.  

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Sipe told McElory that numerous seminarians and priests reported sexual advances and activity by McCarrick in a letter that also detailed extensive abuse by other clerics.

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McElroy, who claims there was no corroborating evidence, could have brought the allegations to the pope, or even to the Papal Nuncio, but instead ended the correspondence with Sipe, himself a clerical sex-abuse victim.

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Marlon De La Torre, director of evangelization and missionary discipleship for the archdiocese, noted that the Feast of Corpus Christi falls on Father’s Day this year. 

“I think this is a beautiful new springtime of evangelization, a new way to usher in the gifts of the Church and the gift of our Lord,” he said. 

“This beautiful procession brings a spotlight to the role of the priesthood, and with the archbishop leading the procession, with our auxiliary bishops assisting, with our priests assisting throughout the route, they are a band of brothers,” De La Torre said.  

“That’s something a young man can see — this isn’t just an isolated event where men come together and just disperse,” he added. “No, this is a band of brothers brought together to serve the Lord and to proclaim Jesus Christ.” 

“I would encourage people to look at the Eucharistic procession as an opportunity to break free from those chains, from those bonds that are holding you back, to really allow the Lord to embrace you,” De La Torre continued.

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