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National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

By Emily Woodham
Assistant Editor

The faithful from across Idaho and neighboring states are encouraged to participate in any portion of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage (NEP) as it passes through the Diocese of Boise. The pilgrimage has nine stops in the lower portion of Idaho, making participation more accessible for local pilgrims. 


“Please be sure to identify when and where your deanery’s NEP event is,” said Tish Thornton, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Boise. “It will be important at each of these stops within a deanery to have enthusiastic representation of the faithful to welcome the Lord and the pilgrims as they make their way through the state. Please plan to attend.”


There are nine stops at parishes within Idaho. Each stop will include opportunities for the faithful in their area to meet the national pilgrims, pray with them, adore the Blessed Sacrament, socialize, listen to talks, and witness testimonies. Local pilgrims can also process with the national pilgrims. 


Beginning on Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2024, four teams of young people, together with priest chaplains, sisters, and seminarians, will embark on a pilgrimage, processing across the country with the Blessed Sacrament, each from a different starting point. Each route is named for a regional saint, and the routes converge in Indianapolis in time for the National Eucharistic Congress on July 17. 


Idaho is on the “Serra” Route, which begins in California. The Serra route is named after the “Apostle of California,” St. Junipero Serra, a missionary priest who dedicated his life to administering the sacraments to indigenous people and Spanish settlers across the west coast of our continent. He traveled approximately 24,000 miles throughout his ministry, mostly on foot.

 
On May 27, Bishop Peter Christensen will meet Bishop Liam Cary of the Diocese of Baker on the border between Oregon and Idaho. There, the Blessed Sacrament will be solemnly transferred to our Diocese, and then be carried in procession across the southern portion of the state before crossing the Utah border. 


The dates for the Idaho portion of the pilgrimage have been finalized. However, details for each stop, including times are still in the planning stage. The Office of Worship and the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Boise will provide more information as it becomes available, and a commemorative edition of the Idaho Catholic Register published in late spring will provide more details about the NEP in Idaho.


When the NEP arrives at its evening destination, area parishes will welcome pilgrims and be represented at a “gathering of altars” at a local city park. 


The NEP will process from altar to altar and pass the Blessed Sacrament with-in the NEP monstrance to the pastor of each parish in the deanery. The pastor will then bless pilgrims from his parish, who can be laity, ministry leaders, or any group that wants to participate, with the Blessed Sacrament before handing the monstrance back to the NEP. 


Following the blessing of parishes, the NEP and local pilgrims will process to a church for Adoration, praise and worship, prayer and to listen to testimonies from the national pilgrims. The faithful will then have time for fellowship and socializing.

The following stops have been confirmed:

Monday, May 27:

  • Afternoon - Blessed Sacrament in Ontario

(transfer of Eucharist from Oregon to Idaho)

  • Evening - Corpus Christi in Fruitland 

Tuesday, May 28:

  • Afternoon - Sacred Heart in Emmett

  • Evening - St. John’s Cathedral in Boise

Wednesday, May 29:

  • Afternoon - Our Lady of Limerick in Glenns Ferry

  • Evening - St. Jerome in Jerome

Thursday, May 30:

  • Afternoon - St. Nicholas in Rupert 

  • Evening - Holy Spirit Community in Pocatello

​Friday, May 31

  • Afternoon - St. Peter’s in Preston

(transfer of Eucharist from Idaho to Utah)

Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional

Por Emily Woodham
Asistente Editor

Todos quienes vivan en Idaho y estados vecinos, están invitados a participar en la Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional, (PEN) que estará de paso por la Diócesis de Boise. La peregrinación tiene nueve paradas en la zona sur de Idaho, lo que facilitará la participación a peregrinos locales. 


“Por favor, asegúrese de identificar cuándo y dónde es el evento PEN de su decanato”, dijo Tish Thornton, Directora de Liturgia de la Diócesis de Boise”. Será importante que, en cada una de estas paradas, cada decanato tenga una representación entusiasta de los fieles para dar la bienvenida al Señor y a los peregrinos en su camino a través del estado. Por favor, hagan planes para asistir”.
Habrá nueve paradas en las parroquias de Idaho. Cada parada incluirá oportunidades para que los fieles de su zona conozcan a los peregrinos nacionales, recen con ellos, adoren al Santísimo Sacramento, socialicen, escuchen charlas y escuchen testimonios. Los peregrinos locales también podrán ir en procesión con los peregrinos nacionales. 


A partir del domingo de Pentecostés, 19 de mayo de 2024, cuatro equipos de jóvenes, junto con sacerdotes capellanes, religiosas y seminaristas, partirán en una procesión, peregrinando por todo el país con el Santísimo Sacramento, cada uno desde un punto de partida diferente. Cada ruta lleva el nombre de un santo de la región, y las rutas convergen en Indianápolis a tiempo para el Congreso Eucarístico Nacional del 17 de julio. 


Idaho se encuentra en la ruta “Serra”, que comienza en California. La ruta Serra lleva el nombre del “Apóstol de California”, San Junípero Serra, un sacerdote misionero que dedicó su vida a administrar los sacramentos a los indígenas y a los colonos españoles a lo largo de la costa oeste de nuestro continente. Recorrió aproximadamente 24,000 millas a lo largo de su ministerio, en su mayoría a pie.


El 27 de mayo, Obispo Peter Christensen se reunirá con Obispo Liam Cary de la diócesis de Baker, en la frontera entre Oregón y Idaho. Allí, el Santísimo Sacramento será trasladado solemnemente a nuestra Diócesis, y luego será llevado en procesión a través de la parte sur del estado antes de cruzar la frontera de Utah. 


Las fechas de la peregrinación a Idaho ya están establecidas. Sin embargo, los detalles de cada parada, incluidos los horarios, están todavía en fase de planificación. La Oficina de Liturgia y la Oficina de Educación Religiosa de la Diócesis de Boise proporcionarán más información a medida que esté disponible, y una edición conmemorativa del Idaho Catholic Register que será publicada a finales de primavera proporcionará más detalles sobre la PEN en Idaho.


Cuando la PEN llegue a su destino final, las parroquias de la zona darán la bienvenida a los peregrinos y estarán representadas en un “encuentro de altares” en un parque de la ciudad. 
La PEN irá de altar en altar y pasará el Santísimo Sacramento dentro de la custodia del PEN al párroco de cada parroquia del decanato. A continuación, el párroco bendecirá con el Santísimo Sacramento a los peregrinos de su parroquia, que pueden ser laicos, responsables de ministerios o cualquier grupo que desee participar, antes de devolver la custodia a la PEN. 


Tras la bendición de las parroquias, la PEN y los peregrinos locales se dirigirán a una iglesia para la adoración, la alabanza y la oración, y para escuchar los testimonios de los peregrinos nacionales. A continuación, los fieles tendrán tiempo para convivir y socializar.

Se han confirmado las siguientes paradas:

Lunes 27 de mayo:

  • Tarde – Blessed Sacrament en Ontario

  • Noche - Corpus Christi en Fruitland

Martes 28 de mayo

  • Tarde – Sacred Heart en Emmett

  • Noche – Saint John’s Cathedral en Boise

Miércoles 29 de mayo

  • Tarde – Our Lady of Limerick en Glenns Ferry

  • Noche - San Jerome en Jerome

Jueves, 30 de mayo

  • Tarde – Saint Nicholas en Rupert

  • Noche – Holy Spirit en Pocatello

Viernes, 31 de mayo

  • Saint Peter’s en Preston 

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Pocatello, Thursday, May 30

  • 4:30 p.m. National pilgrims arrive at St. John’s Catholic Student Center on the Idaho State University campus.

  • The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist will give a presentation at St. John’s Catholic Student Center about the Holy Eucharist and the importance of the pilgrimage event.

  • National and local pilgrims will solemnly process across town to Caldwell Park. Each Catholic community from the Eastern Deanery has been invited to set up its own temporary altar in the park. There, the Eucharist will be presented at each altar, and the priest from each community will bless their faithful.

  • The pilgrimage will process to St. Anthony’s Chapel, which is several blocks away.

  • Confessions will be heard at St. Anthony’s Chapel, and testimonies will be given by some of the national pilgrims.

  • Adoration at St. Anthony Chapel until 8:15 p.m.

  • Blessed Sacrament transferred to St. Joseph’s Chapel on the west side of Pocatello. Adoration at St. Joseph’s from 10 p.m. until 6:45 a.m. Friday morning.

 

Pocatello, Friday, May 31

  • 7 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s Chapel

  • The pilgrimage departs for Preston, where Bishop Peter Christensen will transfer the Eucharist

Pocatello NEP

By Brad Bugger
for the ICR

When Beth Huston first heard about the National Eucharistic Congress planned for Indianapolis this summer, she started bugging her pastor, Father Emil Parafiniuk, to start planning a pilgrimage from Holy Spirit Parish in Pocatello to the congress. Little did she know the pilgrimage would come to her and her fellow Eastern Idaho Catholics.


“When I heard the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage was coming through Pocatello, I was just ecstatic,” said Huston, who is chair of the Eastern Deanery committee that is planning activities associated with the Pocatello portion of the pilgrimage in Idaho. “I think it’s going to be amazing and beautiful. Pocatello has never done anything like this before. And I think it’s going to be shocking to our neighbors – we don’t have very many Catholic neighbors.”


Father Parafiniuk has been busily communicating with all the communities in the Eastern Deanery, coordinating activities that will take place in Pocatello on May 30-31. The Pocatello portion of the pilgrimage will begin around 4:30 p.m. on May 30, when national pilgrims arrive at St. John’s Catholic Student Center on the Idaho State University campus. The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, who live west of Pocatello, will give a presentation at the student center chapel about the Holy Eucharist and the importance of the pilgrimage event.

 

Then, national and local pilgrims will solemnly proceed to Caldwell Park in Pocatello. Each community from the Eastern Deanery – Idaho Falls, American Falls, Blackfoot, St. Anthony, Salmon, and Soda Springs – has been invited to set up a temporary altar in the park. There, the Eucharist will be presented at each altar, and the priest from each community will bless their faithful.

 

From the park, the pilgrimage will proceed to St. Anthony’s Chapel, several blocks away, where confessions will be heard, and testimonies given by some of the national pilgrims. Adoration will take place until 8:15 p.m.

 

The Eucharist will be transferred to St. Joseph’s Chapel on the west side  of Pocatello, and adoration will take place there from 10 p.m. to 6:45 a.m., with Mass beginning at 7 a.m. on the morning of May 31.


The procession will then depart for Preston, where the Eucharist will be transferred to the Salt Lake City Diocese Bishop as the pilgrimage continues south through Utah.


“I think the pilgrimage is an essential and beautiful element of a Eucharistic revival,” said Father Parafiniuk. “It will help us all, including priests and lay people, to understand what the Eucharist is – and Who the Eucharist is – in our spiritual life.”


Father Parafiniuk, who is from Poland, experienced a lot of Eucharistic processions in his native country that attracted large gatherings. As a result, he has been deeply involved in planning the Eastern Deanery activities, said Huston.


“He’s planned the canopy, the bells, the musicians, the role of the Knights of Columbus and the cross (for the procession),” said Huston. “He’s going to standardize the altars.”


When asked what message he hopes the Eucharistic Pilgrimage will send to the people of Eastern Idaho, Father Parafiniuk responded: “We believe as Catholics the Eucharist is Christ. And
that His words during the Last Supper are real. They mean what Christ is saying: ‘This is My Body.’ That’s why we believe this is His body.”


Even though they cannot receive the Holy Eucharist, Father Parafiniuk hopes that non-Catholics will be inspired by attending the pilgrimage and consider joining the faith. “We invite them to adore, to participate, and to ask themselves if, at some point, they’d like to receive the Eucharist. Even if not, in Christianity, we
learn from our spiritual experiences


. . . This experience can be a community-building experience.”

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Boise, Tuesday May 28th

 

•    5:00pm - Meet National pilgrims at North End Native Plant Reserve (NENPR)
•    5:20pm - Process from NENPR to Memorial Park
•    6:00pm - “Park Liturgy”

 

Parishes from all over the West & Central Deanery will meet at Memorial Park to partake in this moment of unity among our communities. Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament will be transferred from pastor to pastor. Each pastor will have a moment to bless any parishioners gathered behind their temporary altar. This will happen in sequence until all pastors have had the opportunity to bless their congregations.


•    6:30pm – Procession to the Cathedral
•    7:00pm - Holy Hour & Pilgrim Testimony at Cathedral
•    8:00pm - Eucharistic Pilgrimage Potluck Social in Cathedral Parish Hall
•    8:00pm May 28th until 9:00am May 29th: Adoration at the Cathedral until Mass the next morning

 

Boise, Wednesday, May 29th

•    9:00am - Mass at Cathedral
•    9:45am - Pilgrim’s Depart for Jerome


by Elisa Larson
for the ICR


Melea Ulery, Tish Thorton, and Elisa Larson have been coordinating the events for the Boise stop along the Serra route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. All parishes of the West/Central and Western Deanery are invited to join all or any of the events and experience the historic procession of the nation's longest pilgrimage when it comes through our city. 


Boise events will begin with a meeting of the national pilgrims at the North End Native Plant Reserve. From the Plant Reserve, all will go in procession to Memorial Park, about 1 mile away, 30 minutes walking. Parking is available along the streets in the North End neighborhoods for all who will be joining us. 


All West/Central and Western parish choirs are invited to join the Cathedral Choir at Memorial Park. Each West/Central and Western parish pastor will have a moment to offer Benediction to any parishioners gathered behind their temporary altar in the park. The Blessed Sacrament will then be transferred to the next pastor. This will happen in sequence until all pastors have had the opportunity to bless their congregations. 


After the activities at Memorial Park, everyone will go in procession to St. John's Cathedral (0.4 miles away - 15 minutes walking). During the procession from the park to St. John's Cathedral, individuals will carry banners with the names of all the parishes in our Diocese, so that all parishes will be represented and will journey with us symbolically. 


Upon arriving at the Cathedral, all will gather in the main sanctuary for a holy hour and a testimonial from one of the national pilgrims. The testimonial will be recorded so that anyone who cannot make it to this portion of the evening will be able to hear it. 


A potluck social in the Cathedral dining hall 
(downstairs) will be held immediately after the Holy Hour and testimonial. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue in the main sanctuary until 9:00 am the next morning. 


The Boise stop of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will conclude with Mass at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 29th, at St. John's Cathedral. The national pilgrims will then depart for Jerome and the southern Idaho stops along this historic pilgrimage. 


St. John Henry Newman said, “The Blessed Sacrament is that Presence which makes a Catholic Church different from every other place in the world, which makes it, as no other place can be: holy.” Our hope is that everyone who encounters our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in Boise may experience that which they long for — his Presence. 


If your parish is in the West/Central or Western Idaho Deanery and you all would like to join any or all of the events, please RSVP at tinyurl.com/boiseneprsvp.


We are blessed to have so many people in our community desiring to help with this stop, and we have many volunteer opportunities for those interested. We are still looking for volunteers to help with set up/take down, providing hospitality and housing for the national pilgrims, on-site medical professionals, etc. If you are interested, please email stjohnsnep@gmail.com

Boise en la Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional

Boise, martes 28 de mayo

•    5:00 pm – Encuentro con los peregrinos nacionales en North End Native Plant Reserve (NENPR)
•    5:20 pm – Procesión del NENPR a Memorial Park
•    6:00 pm - “Liturgia en el parque”

 

Parroquias de todo el Decanato Oeste y Central se reunirán en el Memorial Park para participar en este momento de unidad entre nuestras comunidades. Nuestro Señor en el Santísimo Sacramento será transferido de párroco a párroco. Cada  sacerdote tendrá un momento para bendecir a los feligreses reunidos detrás de su altar temporal. Esto sucederá en secuencia hasta que todos los párrocos hayan tenido la oportunidad de bendecir a sus  parroquianos.


•    6:30 pm – Procesión a la Catedral
•    7:00 pm – Hora Santa y Testimonio de Peregrino en Catedral
•    8:00 pm – Convivencia para llevar y compartir platillos con la Peregri-nación Eucarística en el  salón de catedral
•    8:00 pm del  28 de mayo  hasta  9:00am  del 29 de mayo: Adoración en la catedral hasta la celebración de la Misa la mañana siguiente

Boise, miércoles 29 de mayo

•    9:00am – Misa en catedral
•    9:45am – Peregrinos salen rumbo a Jerome

Por Elisa Larson
para el ICR


Melea Ulery, Tish Thorton y Elisa Larson han estado coordinando los eventos para la recepción del Santísimo en Boise, a lo largo de la ruta Serra de la Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional. Todas las parroquias del Decanato Oeste/Centro y Oeste están invitadas a unirse a todos o a cualquiera de los eventos y a vivir la procesión histórica de la peregrinación más larga de la nación cuando pase por nuestra ciudad. 


Las actividades en Boise comenzarán con una reunión de los peregrinos naciona-les en North End Native Plant Reserve. Desde ahí, todos irán en procesión hasta el Memorial Park, a aproximadamente 1 milla de distancia, 30 minutos a pie. Habrá esta-cionamiento disponible en las calles de los barrios del North End para todos los que nos acompañen. 


Todos los coros de las parroquias del Oeste/Centro y del Oeste están invitados a unirse al coro de la catedral en el Memorial Park. Cada párroco de las parroquias de West/Central y Western tendrá un momento para ofrecer la bendición a los feligreses reunidos detrás de su altar temporal en el parque. El Santísimo Sacramento será en-tonces transferido al siguiente párroco. Esto sucederá en secuencia hasta que todos los párrocos hayan tenido la oportunidad de bendecir a sus parroquianos.


Después de las actividades en el Memorial Park, todos se dirigirán en procesión a la catedral de St. John (a 0,4 millas - 15 minutos a pie). Durante la procesión desde el parque hasta la catedral, las personas llevarán pancartas con los nombres de todas las parroquias de nuestra Diócesis, para que todas las parroquias estén representadas y viajen con nosotros simbólicamente. 
Al llegar a la catedral, todos se reunirán en el santuario principal para una hora san-ta y un testimonio de uno de los peregrinos nacionales. El testimonio se grabará para que quien no pueda asistir a esta parte de la velada pueda escucharlo. 


Inmediatamente después de la Hora Santa y el testimonio, se realizará una convi-vencia en el comedor de la catedral (en la planta baja). La adoración del Santísimo Sacramento continuará en el santuario principal hasta las 9 de la mañana del día siguiente. 
La llegada a Boise de la Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional concluirá con la Misa a las 9:00 a.m. del miércoles 29 de mayo en la catedral de St. John. A continuación, los peregrinos nacionales partirán hacia Jerome y las paradas del sur de Idaho a lo largo de esta histórica peregrinación.


San John Henry Newman dijo: “El Santísimo Sacramento es esa Presencia que hace a una Iglesia Católica diferente de cualquier otro lugar en el mundo, que la hace, como ningún otro lugar poder ser: santa”. Nuestra esperanza es que todos los que se encuentren con Nuestro Señor en el Santísimo Sacramento en Boise puedan experi-mentar lo que anhelan: su Presencia. 


Si su parroquia está en el Decanato del Oeste/Centro o del Oeste de Idaho y a todos les gustaría unirse a alguno o a todos los eventos, por favor confirmen su asistencia en tinyurl.com/boiseneprsvp.


Tenemos la bendición de contar con muchas personas en nuestra comunidad que desean ayudar con esta parada, y tenemos muchas oportunidades de voluntariado para los interesados. Seguimos buscando voluntarios que nos ayuden en el montaje y des-montaje, la hospitalidad y el alojamiento de los peregrinos nacionales, profesionales médicos, etc. Si está interesado, envíe un correo electrónico a stjohnsnep@gmail.com.

Boise NEP

Diocesan Pastoral Center

FAX: (208) 342-0224

1501 S. FEDERAL WAY, SUITE 400, BOISE, ID 83705

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