Marian Pilgrimage

A specially commissioned statue of Mary, Mother of God is visiting more than 100 locations across the Diocese of Charlotte during the anniversary year – making a spiritual pilgrimage to visit the faithful across our diocese just as she did in her “Visitation” to St. Elizabeth. Through participation in this memorable Marian Pilgrimage, our diocesan family comes together by uniting parishes, missions, schools and other Catholic institutions in prayer to God through the intercession of our patroness. (Read more about the custom statue: “Pilgrim image of Mary to visit 100-plus sites across diocese this year”.)

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What is a Pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is no ordinary journey. It’s a kind of “holy traveling” undertaken with resolve for a particular spiritual purpose. Throughout Church history the faithful have traveled to holy sites – whether it’s a place where a saint lived, a miracle occurred, or a saint is especially honored – to obtain a special favor and do penance for one’s sins.

How can you have a fruitful pilgrimage? Simply carry a special prayer intention in your mind and heart! You can have a single intention, or a different one for each destination. Upon arrival kneel near the altar or statue of Our Lady and pray fervently, asking her to intercede with Jesus for your request. Conclude by offering prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

Where’s Mary?

The statue of Mary, Mother of God is visiting parishes, missions, schools and other Catholic institutions across the Diocese of Charlotte. Check back here to see where Mary is going next!

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May 17 – May 19

ST. LEO THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
Springdale Avenue, Winston-Salem

St. Leo the Great Parish will welcome the pilgrim statue of Mary, Mother of God May 17-19, when it will be prominently located in the church for prayer from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.
The rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, and at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 18.

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May 20 – May 23

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

St Mary’s Catholic Church
Gorrell Street, Greensboro

The pilgrim statue of Mary will be received at St. Mary’s Church at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, by parishioners and the local Knights of Columbus. There will be a procession, introduction, and recitation of the rosary. Other events include:

Friday, May 20
• 6:15 p.m.: Mass followed by a Marian Devotion by the parish’s Charismatic Prayer Group
• 9:30 p.m.: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour by the parish youth on retreat
• Individual veneration until midnight
Saturday, May 21
• 9:15 a.m.: Miraculous Medal Novena followed by Daily Mass
• 10 a.m.: Servants of Light Prayer Group Holy Hour and Marian Devotion
• Noon-3 p.m.: Individual veneration
• 3 p.m.: Mass for Quinceañera with special dedication to the Blessed Mother
• 5:30 p.m.: Vigil Mass
• 7 p.m.-midnight: Group and individual veneration
Sunday, May 22
• Individual veneration until 10 p.m.
• 1:30 p.m.: Procession from the original church to the new church for Mass offered in Vietnamese
• Presence for Spanish-language Masses and procession back to the original church after the 6:15 p.m. Mass
Monday, May 23
• 7:30 a.m.: Daily Mass before the statue departs

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May 24 | 5:00PM

CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE MASS

St. Matthew Catholic Church
Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte

The pilgrim statue will be present for Charlotte Catholic High School’s Class of 2022 Baccalaureate Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte.

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May 26 | 6:00PM

BISHOP MCGUINNESS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE MASS

Holy Cross Catholic Church
South Cherry Street, Kernersville

The pilgrim statue of Mary, Mother of God, will be present for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School’s Class of 2022 Baccalaureate Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville.

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May 27 – May 30

HOLY ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH

Holy Angels Catholic Church
North Main Street, Mount Airy

The pilgrim statue will visit Holy Angels in Mount Airy – one of the oldest Catholic parishes in our diocese – May 27-30.
The pilgrim statue will be welcomed to the Monsignor Duncan Center at 5 p.m. Friday, May 27, with Mass at 6 p.m., then placed in the historic Daily Mass Chapel for individual veneration from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Other events include:
3 p.m. Saturday, May 28: Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction and recitation of a bilingual rosary before the 4:30 p.m. Mass. Note: Father Peter Nouck, pastor, will be on hand to hear confessions at the Monsignor Duncan Center.
9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29: Bilingual rosary (immediately after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and before the 10 a.m. Mass).
Noon Monday, May 30: Mass followed by a final blessing and recitation of a bilingual rosary.
All of these events will take place in the Monsignor Duncan Center.

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May 31 | 5:00PM

CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE MASS

Saint Mark Catholic Church
Stumptown Road, Huntersville

The pilgrim statue of Mary, Mother of God, will be present for Christ the King Catholic High School’s Class of 2022 Baccalaureate Mass at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.

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June 4 | 10:00AM

DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE DIACONATE ORDINATION

Saint Mark Catholic Church
Stumptown Road, Huntersville

The 50th anniversary pilgrim statue of Mary, Mother of God will be present for the June 4 ordination of three men as deacons – one of the steps on their formation journey to becoming priests for the Diocese of Charlotte in 2023. Being ordained are: Christopher Brock of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Charlotte, Chinonso Nnebe-Agumadu of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Charlotte, and Peter Rusciolelli of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. Everyone is invited to the ordination Mass at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.

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June 4 – June 9

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH

St Joseph Catholic Church
West Wainman Avenue, Asheboro

The pilgrim statue of Our Lady will visit St. Joseph Catholic Church in Asheboro June 4-9.

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 4, the Pilgrim Statue of Mary, Mother of God will arrive.
On Sunday, June 5, the parish will celebrate the diocese’s 50th jubilee with a procession, Mass and a picnic in the park across the street from the church.
The St. Joseph community will honor Mary with daily prayers and recitation of the rosary in the church until Thursday, June 9, when Our Lady will move on to another parish.

For details, contact the parish at 336-629-0221 or stjoe@triad.rr.com.

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We give thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in supporting the yearlong celebration of our golden anniversary: