Saint Mary on the Hill


"St. Peter's Basillica Singing
at Mass"


"St. Ignatius Loyola"

John Paul II

Pope John Paul II


"Papal Audience"


"After Mass"


"Tomb of St. Peter"

Pilgrimage to Rome

Eighty-eight members of the parish and choir traveled from Augusta to Rome on pilgrimage to perform at several of the churches and basilicas in and around Rome. The pilgrimage began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Tomb of St. Peter with Bishop Raymond W. Lessard as the main celebrant. The choir sang at Masses celebrated in Assisi at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. The choir was also given a second opportunity to sing at the celebration of a daily “parish” Mass at St. Peter’s. In addition to these liturgies, the choir performed a concert for the people of Rome at the Church of St. Ignatius and sang for Pope John Paul II at his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father Pope John Paul II declared more than 300 saints during his pontificate. This fact distinguishes Pope John Paul II as having canonized half of all the saints named in the last 400 years. The highlight of the pilgrimage was the celebration of the Papal Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday, November 21, 1999. The choir sang two pieces as a prelude to the Mass at which Pope John II canonized nine members of the Brothers of Christian Schools and a Passionist priest martyred in the 1930’s during the Spanish civil war. Among these is St. Hector Valdivielso (Br. Benito de Jesus), the first Argentinian to be canonized. Also canonized were St. Benedict Menni, the founder of the Congregation of the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Thomas of Cori the founder of the Franciscan Hermitage of St. Francis at Bellegra. In his homily at the Basilica of St. Mary Major on the final day of the pilgrimage, Fr. James Costigan reflected on how the pilgrimage, like our faith, must be experienced to be appreciated. He continued by saying that after this experience how could one doubt that we are part of one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

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