St. Gall Catholic Church parishioners pass by Sharkey’s on Sunday as part of a Eucharist Procession to Heritage Park in Gardnerville.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.
On Sept. 10, more than 100 parishioners of St. Gall Catholic Church held a Eucharist Procession through the streets of Gardnerville from the church grounds on Centerville Lane, across Highway 395 to Heritage Park.
A procession of the most holy Eucharist is a Church tradition originating in the 12th century as a form of pilgrimage, public witness, and veneration. The Procession invokes our journey from earthily lives towards the eternal, as well as recalls the resurrected Christ accompanying two companions walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
The Eucharist, a consecrated host, is the real and substantial presence of Jesus Christ: body, blood, soul and divinity which is the source and summit of Christian life.
By processing joyfully, prayerfully, and reverently with the holy Eucharist through our streets, Catholics declare and affirm the intimate life giving presence of our Lord in ourselves and neighbors as we journey to eternal life with him.
Following the procession, an outdoor Catholic Mass, attended by more than 200 people, was celebrated in Heritage Park with a picnic lunch hosted by the Knights of Columbus.