The parishioners of Notre Dame d’Auvergne, in Ponteix have been celebrating their yearly pilgrimage since 1934. This year the celebration took place on Sunday July 16th and the theme was, “The Lord Has Done Great Things For Me, And Holy Is His Name”. (Luke 1: 49.) The members of the Archdiocesan Young Adult Leadership Team shared their personal testimonies with the pilgrims and lead the music for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Anointing of the Sick. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was lead by Mrs. Annette Labelle and Archbishop Donald Bolen, presided at the Mass. After Mass there was a candle light procession with the Pieta, a 400-year old statue of Our Lady of Sorrows given by a friend from Auvergne, France. This historical statue had been hidden by peasants during the French Revolution to save it from desecration and vandalism.
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