Holy Week Missions Return
Teens, young adults, families welcome
Last year, about 100 people took part in Holy Week Missions here as part of a national program run by Regnum Christi, but held here for the first time.
This year, the group expects many more.
The April 16 – 18th event offers individuals, groups, and families missions lasting one, two, or all three days. Missions will be held in four tracks:
- High school young men
- High school young women
- Young adults (18 and over)
Missionaries will work at area charities and perform devotions such as Stations of the Cross and Cincinnati’s own “Praying the Steps.” They will also process through the streets with crosses, asking to pray for anyone they pass.
Participating charities include:
- Matthew 25: Ministries
- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Senior Services
- The Salvation Army
- Choice Food Pantry
- St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys
- Local Churches
All participants are invited to a Commissioning Mass Wednesday evening at Royalmont Academy (Mason, OH). Highlights of the missions include Eucharistic Adoration, night prayer, Stations of the Cross at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, a closing ceremony and dinner, Easter Vigil at the Cathedral, and the iconic “Cross Walk.”
For the Cross Walk, missionaries will carry a full-sized cross from St. Peter in Chains Cathedral to Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams. At least three groups of missionaries will take different routes to Mt. Adams. Along the way they will ask people if they want to be prayed for. Missionaries will write the prayers on pieces of paper they tack to the crosses, stopping to pray at intervals for those prayer intentions.
Missionaries will be based at four area churches for the event: the Cathedral, St. William Church (Price Hill/ Cincinnati), St. Leo the Great Church (South Fairmont/Cincinnati) and Holy Cross-Immaculata.
While Holy Week Mission are run by Regnum Christi, the organizers say all are welcome to participate.
“As a missionary you will profoundly experience the liturgies and you will touch the lives and souls of others by either participaing in corporal works of mercy, doing simple acts of kindess, making a child or elderly or homeless person small, playing cards or basketall with youth, listinging to someone in need, or inspiring someone to go to confession,” organizers say. “Or maybe your presence alone will spark one soul to get closer to Christ.
Photos courtesy Cincinnati Holy Week Missions. For a gallery of photos from last year’s missions, click here.
For our story on last year’s missions, click here.
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