Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, June 24, 2018

corpus christi stmary nh 029 900x600Members of St. Mary and St. Joseph churches in New Haven walk in a Corpus Christi procession on June 3.

The procession followed  the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's on Hillhouse Avenue and proceeded on city streets, concluding with Benediction at St. Joseph’s on Eld Street..

Dominian Father John Paul Walker, pastor, said the procession is an important devotion.

“It is most appropriate that our parish community solemnly participate in one of our Catholic Church’s most cherished traditional practices, the Corpus Christi procession,” he said.

Solemn processions on the solemnity of Corpus Christi have played a prominent part in Catholic worship since the 13th century. The sacred liturgies of Corpus Christi are intended to foster a renewed appreciation for the Catholic teaching on the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine offered at Mass. 

Father Walker said, “Whatever may now separate our parish locations in distance, we know that we are and will always be united in our love for Jesus present in the Eucharist.”

A parish-wide picnic on the grounds of St. Joseph’s followed the procession.

Photos by Aaron Joseph. See gallery of photos of this event at www.catholiclifephotography.net.