Photos from the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage through the Archdiocese of San Francisco

The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage kicked-off this weekend from four corners of the United States. Here in the west, the St. Junipero Serra Route began in San Francisco.

On Saturday night, Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, S.J. presided at Solemn Vespers and a Eucharistic Holy Hour, blessing the Perpetual Pilgrims as before the embarked on their 2,200 mile journey to Indianapolis, Indiana.

On Sunday, more than 2,600 people joined San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco for Pentecost Mass with beautiful new music by Benedict XVI’s Composer-in-Residence, Frank LaRocca, entitled Pange Lingua: A Mass for Eucharistic Renaissance. After Mass, men and women religious joined Archbishop Cordileone and the Perpetual Pilgrims in a short procession to St. Dominic’s Catholic Church before walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Between 3,000 – 5,000 people walked across the bridge in the Eucharistic procession on Sunday afternoon, finishing at H. Dana Bowers Rest Area with a rosary and Benediction.

The second day of the St. Junipero Serra Route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage took the pilgrims through Marin County. The day began with a private Mass with St. Patrick School in Larkspur which was followed by a Eucharistic procession around campus. Middle school students from St. Patrick’s then walked with Jesus and the pilgrims to St. Sebastian Catholic Church with a brief stop to pray and bless healthcare workers and patients outside MarinHealth Medical Center. A Eucharistic Holy Hour was held at St. Sebastian’s for the sick.

From St. Sebastian’s the pilgrimage continued to San Rafael where it met up with students from St. Raphael School and parishioners from St. Raphael Catholic Church. More than 1000 people processed from Albert Park in San Rafael to St. Raphael’s for Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary. Later, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa presided at Solemn Vespers and a Eucharistic Holy Hour.

Photos: Francisco Valdez, Archdiocese of San Francisco and Therese Powers, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Saturday night Vespers and Eucharistic Holy Hour with Bishop Barber

Sunday Mass with Archbishop Cordileone and Procession across the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday procession through Marin County: St. Patrick’s in Larkspur, St. Sebastian’s, St. Raphael’s, and Vespers with Bishop Vasa