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The Question at the Foundation of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

The remaining pilgrims for the Seton Route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage all arrived in New Haven on May 17, the day before their 65-day pilgrimage was about to commence.

The first thing they did upon the last person arriving was to celebrate Mass in the beautiful rectory chapel of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, CT, where the official launch of the Seton Route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will take place on May 18 at the 4 pm Vigil Mass of Pentecost to be celebrated by Hartford Archbishop Christopher Coyne.

Father Roger Landry, who will accompany the pilgrimage all two months, said it was fitting to begin with Mass because Jesus in the Mass is the "source" or starting point of our faith, and therefore of our pilgrimage.

During his homily for the Mass, Fr. Landry focused on two elements.

The first was Jesus' questions to Simon Peter after the resurrection: "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" That is the question Jesus asks each disciple each day from the Holy Eucharist.

The second element was the memorial of St. Pascal Baylon, the patron saint of Eucharistic Congresses, whose feast day the Church observes each May 17.

St. Pascal, Father Landry said, is a model for all of us in loving Jesus with true self-giving love.

To listen to Father Landry's homily given for the opening Mass of the pilgrims, please click here.


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