04 July 2017

Quincy-area Catholics to mark the anniversary of Father Tolton's death

Area Catholics and others devoted to the Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the death of Father Tolton with a pilgrimage procession on Sunday, July 9th. Those wishing to participate in the pilgrimage procession are invited to gather at 4:15 p.m. by the statue of Father Tolton outside St. Peter's Catholic School at 2500 Maine Street.

The pilgrimage procession will begin at 4:30 p.m. after a few words of welcome and explanation and of prayer. The pilgrimage procession will process along the south side of Maine Street where it will cross onto the east side of South 33rd Street. It will then process along the east side of South 33rd Street until it reaches St. Peter Catholic Cemetery.Those who are able to join in the pilgrimage procession are most welcome to do so and are encouraged to maintain a prayerful mindset throughout the pilgrimage procession.

Photo: Dominic Rankin
After entering the cemetery between Midas and Showplace Cinema, the procession will stop at the grave of Father Tolton for the celebration of Evening Prayer at 5:00 p.m. After Evening Prayer, the pilgrims will pray for more priests through Father Tolton’s intercession and for his canonization as a saint.

The pilgrimage procession will conclude with the singing of “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name,” Father Tolton’s favorite song.

Those who wish to participate in the Evening Prayer but cannot walk in the procession are invited to park near the cemetery to meet the procession at the grave.

Chairs and bottled water will be provided at the cemetery for those who wish to participate in the Evening Prayer.

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