St. Patrick to hold Eucharastic procession Sunday in Franklin

St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Franklin will hold a Eucharistic procession through downtown Franklin on Sunday.

The procession, which will begin at the church at 3 p.m., is in honor of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, which the Roman Catholic Church celebrates this Sunday.

The procession will be accompanied with hymns as it proceeds up Liberty Street, along 13th Street to Buffalo Street, and back down Buffalo. Prayers will also be recited in the church for those unable to process.

The congregation will hear gospel readings and receive a Eucharistic blessing at three altars set up along the route, and Eucharistic benediction will then be held inside St. Patrick to close.

A reception and refreshments will follow in Cenedella Hall.

The Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Patrick Church since last year upon the retirement of long-time pastor Monsignor John Herbein, said the procession is part of a three-year Eucharistic Revival that was announced last year by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This year, “the (Erie) Diocese asked each region if they could do (a Eucharistic procession),” Campbell said, adding that St. Patrick was asked to host it for the local region.