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Bishop invites Catholics to Berlin pilgrimage

July 10. 2013 6:55PM

MANCHESTER — For the second year in a row, Bishop Peter A. Libasci will lead a pilgrimage of New Hampshire Catholics to Berlin to celebrate the Feast of Saint Anne on Friday, July 26 and to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of Manchester.

The pilgrimage will include vigils, concerts, Mass, and a procession through downtown Berlin.

Last year, more than 1,300 pilgrims made the journey to Saint Anne Church in the White Mountains to participate in the feast.

Organizers expect an even larger turnout this year.

“It is really exciting to be planning this grand event again this year,” said Rev. Jason Jalbert, priest secretary to the bishop, director of the Office of Vocation and a Berlin native. “Saint Anne Church in Berlin is one of the hidden treasures of New Hampshire. But even more important than the place’s beauty, it is a place where so many people have encountered Christ.”

He added, “We give thanks to Saint Anne for the many vocations to the priesthood and religious life that have come from that wonderful ‘nest of vocations’ nestled, indeed,in the majestic White Mountains, and to pray for many more vocations for our diocese through her intercession.”

Pilgrims can register for the event at

Full schedule

Thursday, July 25. Vigil of the Feast of Saint Anne,

7 p.m. Seminarian & Clergy Concert and Vocation Witness (Saint Anne Church)

8 p.m. Candlelight Vigil Prayer Service (Saint Anne Church)

9 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament through the Night (Saint Anne Church)Friday, July 26. Feast of Saint Anne

8 a.m. Mass with Bishop Libasci (Saint Anne Church)

9 a.m. Morning prayer (Saint Anne Church)

10 a.m. Brunch (Upper Hall, Served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Sermon on the Mount (Climb Mt Jasper, with talks by seminarians)

Tours of Saint Anne Church (10 a.m. to noon)

1 p.m. Organ concert (Saint Anne Church)

Contemporary Music Concert (Saint Michael’s Parish Center, Berlin)

Reconciliation/Confessions (Lower Saint Anne Hall — Offered 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

3 p.m. Pilgrims’ Mass with Bishop Libasci (Saint Anne Church)

4:30 p.m. Outdoor Eucharistic Procession (Following the Pilgrims’ Mass)

6 p.m. Pilgrimage Supper.

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