Monday, April 21, 2008

Notre Dame Eucharistic Procession

As the Beatles would say, "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away..." For a few brief hours yesterday, I felt like I was in heaven. I believe this year's Eucharistic procession was the largest and most beautiful we've had. Every year, things seem to get a little more organized and better run. This really adds to the prayerfulness of the event.

It was a gorgeous day on campus. We estimate about 600 people were praying devotedly to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Happily, there were many Kloskas and blog readers present. If you look closely, you will see us in some of these pictures. You'll also see multiple Franciscans, a Benedictine, a Dominican, a diocesan priest as well as many Congregation of Holy Cross priests, sisters, brothers, and seminarians.

In this first picture, Jesus Himself emerges from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart:

The procession to the first station:

The faithful begin to kneel in adoration:

The religious kneel in adoration:

The presiders kneel in adoration (that's Fr. Kevin Russeau, CSC on the left [Kloskas call him RevKev], Fr. Tyson, CSC on the right [he's the head honcho of their province]):

I am proud to say that Holy Cross College once again had an excellent altar of exposition this year. The reredos was built by Br. Chris Dreyer, C.S.C. and stained and decorated by students. It will be enhanced even further next year - just wait and see!

New this year, the Women's Schola led the chanting from station to station. It was a great service to everyone.

I like the following picture because it sort of captures the Catholic Church in America: young, old, black, white, Hispanic, lay, religious, etc.

This picture shows approximately 2/3 of the procession:

At the statue of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom:

Gazing upon Our Lord...

These pictures speak for themselves:

Processing towards the Golden Dome:

One of the neatest things about public acts of devotion is the reaction of passers-by. One wonders what is going through their minds when they encounter something like this...

At the end of the procession on steps of the Golden Dome, Fr. David Tyson, the Provincial Superior of the Indiana Province of Priests and Brothers, gave the final benediction. It was an awesome experience to receive that blessing while kneeling in the very heart of campus.

The Liturgical Choir's rendition of Ave Verum Corpus (Hail the True Body) was emotional for me, as was the closing with the Alma Mater.

To be standing there and singing "Proudly in the heavens, gleams thy gold and blue" while looking directly at the dome was very touching.

Thanks so much to Margy Kloska for taking such beautiful pictures with such a simple little Kodak digital camera. If anyone would like to use these pictures for non-commercial purposes, feel free to help yourself!
Thanks also to Johnny Kloska who no doubt interceded for good weather for us on the third anniversary of his tragic death.
Mark your calendars now. Next year's procession will be held on April 26th, 2009. If you are not from the area, why not put together a group pilgrimage? Everyone is invited.

50 Comments:

At Monday, April 21, 2008, Blogger Sr. Marie Morgan, OSF said...

Lovely!

 
At Monday, April 21, 2008, Anonymous luke bruner said...

This receives the Luke Bruner Seal of Awesomeness.

 
At Monday, April 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Among other things, like respecting the dignity of the human person and promoting a culture of life, this must be what Pope Benedict had in mind when he talked about building a Catholic culture.

 
At Monday, April 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That one guy praying looks like Jesus!

 
At Monday, April 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding pictorial/post. I have to start leaving a box of tissues by my computer.

Cheer, cheer for ol' Notre Dame!

Jeanette
Cathlete.net
'DRUDGE' without the sludge!

 
At Monday, April 21, 2008, Blogger Mary Liz said...

Hey Kloskas - Is there anyway I could get a CD of the pictures Margy took for the procession archives? I can email you my campus address, or whatever works best for you.
Thanks!
Mary Liz

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous pbh said...

yeah, everybody calls him jesus on campus.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger BK said...

Mary Liz, I'm sure you know Fr. Kevin pretty well. I'll get all 88 of them on a c.d. and give them to him so he can give them to you. Thanks for your good work on the procession.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the photgrapher was lead by the holy spirite - what pictures!

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC said...

Join my congregation! If you do, I'll be praying especially for you from my position up here in heaven. Here is some info:

http://vocation.nd.edu/

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Methinks that be a Knight of Malta in the picture "Gazing at our Lord!"

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger PeterHWright said...

A truly wonderful sight.

As long as Christ in the Eucharistic species is adored and glorified, all will be well.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger Miss Meg said...

What a sight for us to see! What a joy for us to behold! Thank you for sharing it with us. It is a great encouragement.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger Mary Liz said...

Fantastic! That would be great :-)

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Trad Tom said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful procession, beautiful glory to God! The emotion --- just in viewing these pictures --- is overwhelming. My eyes welled up with tears at such devotion and beauty.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONLY ONCE A YEAR?

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous A Domer said...

Well, the procession is only once a year, but there are 46 chapels with the Blessed Sacrament on campus on probably 12-15 Masses on campus per day. There is also Eucharistic Adoration in the Campus Ministry chapel for about 40 hours per week, plus about 5 hours of Adoration at Sacred Heart Basilica on Fridays with a concluding Benediction. So, this event didn't just come out of nowhere!

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger Deo volente said...

Simply awesome! I have taken the liberty of posting this to my blog and using one of your photos. It is incredibly beautiful! Thanks for posting this!

Laus Deo!

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous janine said...

It was a glorious afternoon. I almost didn't go...so glad I did. Thanks very much.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the children. Children!

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wonderful act of worship and witness. Why on hold it April 20/Fifth Sunday of Easter?

Scott

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger BK said...

Good question Scott.

The logical day would be the Feast of Corpus Christi, but that occurs in the summer when the students are gone. It needs to be done in the late Spring because of the weather in South Bend. So its done as late in the school year as possible (so that the weather can be good) but before the students leave. Its also a nice way to celebrate the Easter season.

As a rule, it will usually be held on the last or second to last Sunday in April.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Luke Bruner said...

There are more masses said in the 46556 Zip Code (ND'S Zip Code) each week than any other zip code in the country!

And of course, more chapels than I've ever tried to count (someone said 46, that sounds about right).

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger Paul said...

"Why on hold it April 20/Fifth Sunday of Easter?"

In addition to the weather factor, I do believe they try now and schedule the procession to coincide with the football spring game, when lots of extra people will be on campus anyways.

And yes, there were several Knights and Dames of Malta on hand, although I was disappointed not to see the predicted Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. But the K of C was there, and I'm afraid I'm a little partial to them.

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger magdalene said...

I truly wish I could have been there to see Our Lord loved, honored and adored in this way...
even by religious!

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

What about the Feast of Corpus Christi, traditionally the day of procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of European towns (Poland in particular).

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay, look four comments up. :-)

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, the fact that Corpus Christi occurs in June, after the end of the academic year, is the decisive factor in picking the date.

But I think it makes a nice parallel to have the campus-wide Stations of the Cross processing through the quads in Lent, and then have the campus-wide Eucharistic Procession processing through the quads in Easter Season. It seems fitting!

Drew of the Holy Whapping

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Anonymous baptized and learnin everyday said...

Its no wonder the Holy Cross order is seeing an increase in vocations like it says in one of the posts down below. They've been doing the work for years and I specially like them because this isn't the only sort of thing they do. If I'm not mistaking they do missionary work and they serve the poor and they are teachers and parish priests. But I think more and more of them must be realizing that there is a place for tradition and devotion and beauty. Sometimes you just need to bust out the habits and kneel before the presence of Almighty God!

And just look at them habits. That black/white/black combination is waaaay jiggy! What a powerful [and stylish :)] sign of their inner commitment.

And don't anybody buy that crap about religious garb somehow alienating the laity. Most of the laity I know LUUUV to have religious people dress like religious people at least sometimes. As long as they are not pretencious in their attitude, it does nothing but help their bonding ability with us laity. Being close to us laity is more about being humble and kind and sensitive than it is about imitating our way of dressin,

I say, Yo preachermen, give us more of them black threads homies! Fo schnizzle! Just kiddin. I meant. Them are some baaaad habits! Amen!

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture of the three young men on the bench is priceless. What fun!

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Anonymous John said...

Great pictures of a great event!

I didn't see Father Richard McBrien in attendance, but then he probably would have appeared in civies. Too bad Notre Dame gave him a place on its faculty.

How is the Mass under the extraordinary form doing? Why not a Solemn High Mass in the basilica itself for some major feast or holyday?

De Maria numquam satis!

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Anonymous elsie herriott said...

Thank you for this beautiful collection of moments at our catholic best ! I'm a new convert and this is the first procession I am seeing - what a glorious blessing we live in a country that upholds our expressions of devotion ! I especially am drawn in with the close-up of on the way to the Golden Dome - you even captured the incense smoke - I am there ! God Bless us , everyone ! amo, amas, amant !

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Anonymous Luke Bruner said...

For the record (not sure it's really relevant), but Fr. McBrien is not a CSC.

He is from a diocese in either New Hampshire of Connecticut, if my memory serves correctly.

As for the picture that looks like Jesus, the guy is a seminarian (unfortunately not for CSC!)

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its funny, but most of us around here (Notre Dame) tend to forget all about McBrien. At Notre Dame, he's totally past his prime, people don't even to seem to argue about him anymore.

By most people, his presence isn't really noticed. What's weird is that in reading some comments, people outside of Notre Dame seem to view him as some sort of icon of Notre Dame. I guess those old images are hard to shake. The first thought that I had when I read that reference to him above is "Oh yeah, McBrien. Whatever." Its funny how your perspective is different depending on where you live.

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Blogger elizabeth ann said...

i live 3 hours from notre dame but am going to indiana university next year.

these pictures really make me wish i was going to notre dame.

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Blogger BK said...

Hey Elizabeth Ann, why don't you come to Holy Cross College and help us with the procession next year. In the meantime, you'd get a top notch education and could help us in our work in Campus Ministry. What do you say? May I email you a link to our on-line application?

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Anonymous And now a word from our sponsor... said...

Next year's procession will be on Sunday April 26, 2009.

If you are interested in supporting future Eucharistic Processions, donations can be made to Notre Dame Campus Ministry (please include Eucharistic Procession in the memo line). Donations can be sent to Fr. Kevin Russeau, CSC 114 Coleman-Morse, Notre Dame IN 46556. A charitable donation receipt will be sent to those who include their name and return address.

 
At Saturday, April 26, 2008, Anonymous Maureen (Argue) Ebner said...

Oh Thank you thank you for these beautiful pictures! It takes me back in time. I don't remember anything so perfect being done at ND when I was there...good things are happening. Praise God!

 
At Wednesday, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Ruben Finn said...

Blessed be God forever.

 
At Wednesday, April 30, 2008, Blogger killerteacup said...

+JMJ+

I'm graduating from BC in 19 days and starting grad school at Our Lady's University in 41! I just sent an email to my friends with this link acknowledging that, much to our president's chagrin, we at BC have no hope of becoming the nation's "premier Catholic university" until we can have something as awesome as this procession on campus. We covet your prayers, specifically for the St. Thomas More Society. God haste the day when "Barely Catholic" will be so ironic as to garner laughter.

Pax et bonum.

 
At Sunday, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does McBrien get such a bad rap? Unlike anyone else on here, I've actually read some of his books and taken some courses with him. He would approve of this Eucharistic procession. For the record, he is actually quite orthodox.

 
At Monday, May 05, 2008, Anonymous a Domer said...

Unlike the anonymous poster above, I won't make statements about things I don't know. Unlike the person above, I'm not omniscient so I don't know how many of the ND students, faculty or graduates who comment here regularly have actually taken his class or read his works.

I can, however, speak for myself. I've read lots of his stuff. I've been to several Masses where he presided. I've had dinner with him in a small group. I've attended a small workshop with him. Most of the time he presents himself very nice and pleasantly. But get him on the wrong subject and one immediately finds that he is full of vitriol and contempt for the institutional Church. His ecclesiology is warped. He is extremely judgmental, excessively angry and insufferably condescending. He is too proud to even slightly modify or nuance his wording in order to receive an imprimatur for "Catholicism" which for the most part is reputable. He has caused scandal for years in South Bend because of his girlfriend - this is common knowledge around town. Just about the only time he ever wears his collar is when he goes on t.v. to rip the Vatican. Many people find these things distasteful.

So yes, some people have a problem with him and believe it or not they might even know what they are talking about.

 
At Wednesday, May 21, 2008, Blogger mandoline said...

grace-filled photos! good evangelizing materials

 
At Monday, April 20, 2009, Blogger BG said...

Now THATS the REAL NOTRE DAME!!
BG

 
At Tuesday, April 21, 2009, OpenID Fr. Marie-Paul said...

This is what Notre Dame should be doing for honors!

 
At Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Anonymous Mary Kathryn, hermit said...

Notre Dame needs to hold a Eucharistic Congress in REPARATION for the honoring of a pro-abortion President. This Procession is nice, but against that backdrop, strikes me as hypocritical for the Richard McBriens and others. IF you are CATHOLIC, boot McBrien and other heretics and stop even thinking about honoring abortionists.

 
At Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notre Dame? Are you sure this is the same college where pro-aborts get rewarded honorary degrees?
Why not have this exact type of procession like in May, maybe sometime around - oh let's say a certain Commencement speech?

 
At Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Procession looks very much like the great welcoming of Our Lord on that first Palm Sunday 2000years ago. I hope Notre Dame does not do to Our Lord what the others did on that very first Good Friday by denying Him as their Lord . Obama, a believer in infanticide, does not belong giving a speech at a Catholic College!
What's it called when a very evil thing stands in a very Holy place?

 
At Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree; this is the best response to Obama's speech. I was hoping Bishop D'ARcy would organize a nationwide Eucharistic Procession to surrond the scandal of Obama.

There's nothig more powerful to combat abortion or hardened hearts than the Eucharist. I suggest not only ND have a huge one on C-day, but the entire country.

I predict that IF a Eucharistic procession is surronding Obama, it will be life changing in many ways, and also a great witness to the Real Presence; and good for the media, as they will HAVE to cover it.

 
At Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every day my fellow "true" Catholics throughout the world make me sooooo proud to be a Catholic!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you

 

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