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May 31, 2020: Mary, Mother of Pentecost Pilgrimage

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Mary, Mother of Pentecost Pilgrimage

We invite all people to join us in solidarity as we depart "from our front door" on a walking pilgrimage to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO. Each person will walk their own pilgrimage and route - in the traditional style of the pilgrims of old - starting from their own houses, or if the distance is too far, from a local church. Each pilgrim will ideally walk about 2-3 hours (4-6 miles) and arrive at the Cathedral to participate in a prayer and blessing in honor of Pentecost.

We encourage you to split up and find different starting points for your journey. If you are unsure of where to start from, see our starting point recommendations for distances and difficulties.

What:

Join us in a walking pilgrimage from our homes or local parishes to the Denver Cathedral, followed by a prayer and pilgrim blessing.

Where:

Depart from either your house or a local parish (see suggestions below) and walk to the Cathedral.

When:

Sunday, May 31st

Walk in the morning, meet at Cathedral by 1:30 PM or 3:00PM. Please arrive at the time for which you register.

Who:

Anyone in the Denver area – up to 30 spots are available. Remember to register!

Each pilgrim must:

  • Sign up – pilgrimage limit of 30 people per timeslot
  • Walk – wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines below
  • Find a ride home – Creatio is not responsible for transportation and we do not encourage carpooling (unless from the same household)

How:

  • Walk according to your abilities
  • If possible, depart “from your front door” for the authentic pilgrimage experience OR from a nearby church
  • Donate to the Cathedral Basilica Outreach Ministry which supports their sandwich line, food pantry, and St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Carry a pack with prayer intentions – A rock in your pack for each intention adds weight to meditate upon
  • Receive a prayer and blessing upon arrival

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STARTING POINT RECOMMENDATIONS

Advanced:

Holy Name C.C.

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Distance: 8.6 Miles/Time: 4.5 Hours

Intermediate:

Our Lady of Lourdes C.C.

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Distance: 4.7 Miles/Time: 2.5 Hours

Beginner:

Mother of God C.C.

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Distance: 1.2 Miles/Time: 1 Hour

We ask everyone to strongly consider making a donation to the Cathedral’s Outreach Ministry for their collaborative effort in making this happen. This supports their sandwich line, food pantry, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Check out Modern Catholic Pilgrim’s Marian Pilgrimage movement. We suggest downloading or printing their Marian Pilgrimage Guide and Marian Prayers to use while you are participating. Also, don’t forget to log your pilgrimage with Modern Catholic Pilgrim to help them reach their goal of 300 completed Marian pilgrimages!

You can still participate, even if you don’t live in Denver!
View the Modern Catholic Pilgrim website to learn how to do your own personal pilgrimage to a local cathedral or holy site. In fact, we would love to see people across the country embarking on pilgrimage regularly.

Health & Safety Information

Upon arrival at the Cathedral Basilica, pilgrims will be arranged into three groups of ten with each person six feet apart–one group in the Mary Garden, one outside of the north fence, and another outside of the east fence.

We require all participants to review and follow these guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Masks – Masks must be worn at all times
2. Carpooling – Carpooling to/from starting points and the destination will not be allowed unless from the same household.
3. Symptom Checking – Participants must take their temperature 24 hours before and the day of, and report any symptoms to Creatio staff. They cannot participate if feeling ill.
4. Social Distancing – All participants must stay at least 6 feet apart from one another.
5. Hand Hygiene – All participants are recommended to carry hand hygiene supplies – hand sanitizer (70%) or biodegradable hand soap.
6. Travel Regulations – All participants and leaders will be required to follow government, state, and county regulations regarding travel distances and locations.

The Pilgrimage of Our Lives

A pilgrimage is a metaphor for and a reality of our lives. As we walk we see how our lives are like a voyage filled with joy, effort, beauty, suffering, surprises, goals, adventure, love and expectation. But our life is not only “like” a pilgrimage, it is in fact a pilgrimage from birth to death; in this world we are only “strangers and sojourners” (1 Pe. 2:11). “For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” (1 Tim 6:7) We are all pilgrims walking through, and this life, this passage, is the time we are given to reach the eternal goal, IT IS THE TIME OF SALVATION. Let us enjoy the journey, love it and live it! Pope Francis reminds us: “I want people to go out! I want the Church to go out to the street! Jesus, with His Cross, walks with us…!”

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An Invitation to All

Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our participants to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.

Creatio takes a holistic approach to improving lives by addressing material and spiritual wellbeing of the people we serve. We do this with a Catholic worldview as our foundation, however, we encourage Catholics and non-Catholics to join us in encountering the beauty of creation and our Creator. All participants are encouraged to join in group activities such as discussions on faith-based topics or visiting holy sites, but nobody should feel compelled to participate in specifically Catholic traditions and practices.

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