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Day 12: Manahawkin

BORDENTOWN, NJ, May 29 — After a somewhat grueling day processing 17 miles, the pilgrims on the Seton Route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage had a quieter day with Masses and adoration at St. Mary of the Pines Parish in Manahawkin, on the Jersey Shore.

The day began with a holy half hour with about 200 school children in the gym of St. Mary's Academy, during which hymns and praise and worship music were sung by the students and Eucharistic witness talks were given by Seton pilgrims Natalie Garza and Dominic Carstens.

Then there was a Eucharistic Procession on the extensive parish grounds to St. Mary of the Pines Church, where, after Benediction, there was Mass celebrated by Trenton Bishop David O'Connell, CM, who was celebrating his 42nd anniversary of priestly ordination. During the Mass he preached on lessons we all can learn from Blessed Carlo Acutis.

After Mass, pilgrims had lunch with the bishop, members of the leadership of the Trenton Diocese, as well as priests and seminarians of the Diocese present.

During the afternoon, there was Eucharistic adoration in the Church, in which pilgrims, Diocesan seminarians and others in attendance took time in quiet prayer.

After an early dinner, pilgrims had a half-hour meeting with Bishop O'Connell in which he got to know them personally and encouraged them on their pilgrimage to Indianapolis and pilgrimage through life.

In the evening, there was a Mass by Bishop O'Connell for a packed Church of faithful. He preached about the Real Presence of the Lord and the impact that gift should have on our life as believers.

The Mass was followed by a Eucharistic Procession to the gymnasium where was a holy hour of adoration, which included hymns, praise and worship, witness talks by Seton pilgrims Marina Frattaroli and Christoph Bernas and Eucharistic benediction, which was imparted by pilgrim Fr. Pierre Toussaint Guiteau, CFR.

Below are various photos from the day.

Below is a video of the Evening Mass, Small Procession and Holy Hour.


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