The Archdiocesan Pilgrimage for the Jubilee of Mercy will take place on
the Solemnity of Pentecost, May 15, 2016
at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha
What is a Pilgrimage?
In its simplest meaning a pilgrimage is a journey on foot to a holy place. The practice of pilgrimage dates from the earliest civilizations and is common to many cultures including Judeo-Christian. Abraham and Sarah and their household walked to the place of God’s promise. The Jews left the slavery of Egypt and wandered forty years before entering the promised land. Jesus and his family traveled every year to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. Throughout the centuries Christians have continued the practice of a holy journey. Many brave and hardy pilgrims trekked to the Holy Land at the risk of life and limb. Others traveled the road to Canterbury or followed the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and the “end of the earth.” These trips were not undertaken lightly. A sizeable number of pilgrims set out never to return home.
Our modern pilgrimages are not so arduous or dangerous, but true pilgrims still undertake them with great seriousness. Our archdiocesan pilgrimage in this Jubilee of Mercy is a simple journey taking only part of a day, but the spiritual gifts it offers cannot be gained without intentionally turning away from sin and towards the Father whose mercy overflows for his children. Passing through the holy door is a truly worthy goal in this Jubilee year. We are invited to know what pilgrims have always known – “The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned,” (Ps 34:22).
We welcome all parishes to organize a delegation for the Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage. The sizes of parish delegations will vary based upon circumstances and pastoral discretion. Whether a carload or busload, we recommend that each parish delegation travel together to the Cathedral.
Pilgrims in parish delegations carry not only their personal intentions but those of their fellow parishioners whom they represent. The last part of the trip, approaching the Holy Door at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, will be on foot.
Masses will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. (in Spanish). To allow sufficient time, delegations of pilgrims should plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the chosen Mass.
The faithful are encouraged to participate fully in the Jubilee of Mercy and in this pilgrimage. We invite all interested parishioners to contact your pastor or designated parish representative to register as part of your parish delegation. If you are unable to join a delegation, please register as an individual or family participant at the link below.
Parking & Pilgrim Route
• Pilgrim arrival route in green
• Pilgrim exit route in red
Attendees are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before Mass to complete the Pilgrim Ritual.
1. Park at Duchesne Academy – parking lot on northwest corner of 36th & California
2. Approach Cathedral on foot via Burt Street (north on 36th, west on Burt, south on 40th)
3. Pilgrims are sprinkled with Easter water by vested Deacons at the foot of the Cathedral steps.
4. Pilgrims ascend the steps and pass through the Holy Door.
5. Pilgrims are directed down the main aisle to the crossing. Pilgrims place grains of incense in the brazier and take their seats.
6. Mass for the Feast of Pentecost
a. 9:30 a.m.
b. 11:30 a.m.
c. 1:30 p.m. (in Spanish)
7. Refreshments served outside the Cathedral on the south side following each Mass.
Contact Beth Carlson in the Office of Evangelization at 402-557-5610.