St. Mary’s parishioners embark on their annual procession |

St. Mary’s parishioners embark on their annual procession

A procession carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary travelled down Park Avenue Sunday, August 11 to celebrate the 132 year of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. The procession made its way from the St. Mary's Old Town Chapel to the St. Mary's Church and continued the celebration during mass.
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St. Mary’s of the Assumption procession and feast

9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11

St. Mary’s Old Town Church, 121 Park Ave.

St. Mary of the Assumption parishioners are getting ready for their annual four-mile walk.

Each year the church hosts the Feast of the Assumption Procession, which starts at the Old Town location, 121 Park Ave., and ends at the new church at 1505 White Pine Canyon Rd.

The two-hour procession will start this year at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, said Reverend Christopher Gray.

The procession, which celebrates the feast day of the parish’s patron St. Mary of the Assumption, started 20 years ago, according to Gray.

“Aug. 15 is the feast day of the Assumption, and it’s also the anniversary of the dedication of the (new) church,” Gray said. “The procession always takes place the Sunday before the feast day.”

The event, which is open parishioners, friends and visitors, will include song and prayer, Gray said.

“We also carry candles and a large statue of Our Lady down Park Avenue through the trails beside Highway 224,” he said. “It’s a very easy-to-prepare procession that has everybody walking and a few people carrying things. We don’t have water stations along the way.”

The procession will be followed by a special bilingual mass and a meal.

“Meals are nothing new for the parish,” Gray said. “We have people preparing meals for a lot of events. So we have things lined up logistically. The only thing you need to watch out for is the sun and bad weather.”

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