St. Benedict Parish, Richmond, will conduct a pilgrimage to Mount Calvary Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The event, led by Father Tony Marques, will underscore the significance of praying for the dead, a Spiritual Work of Mercy that receives special attention during November — the month of All Souls. (See accompanying article).
Inspired by the words of St. Paul, the cemetery walk will evoke the pilgrimage to heaven: “We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor 5:6–8).
Participants in the Cemetery Walk will leave from St. Benedict Church at 10 a.m. After visiting Mount Calvary, learning its extensive history — the diocese purchased the land in 1885 — and offering prayers for the faithful departed, pilgrims will walk to the nearby Fan district for lunch at Postbellum restaurant. Buses will then be available to shuttle participants back to St. Benedict, arriving around 2 p.m. The distance of the cemetery walk is two-and-a-half miles.
Those wishing to participate are asked to email Ida O’Leary firstname.lastname@example.org, by Thursday, Nov. 8.