Pilgrims from near and far attend the 2020 Fall Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg. Deacon Jerry Korman of Church of the Risen Savior Parish in Rhineland began the day with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and led the pilgrims in a Rosary Procession and in praying the Stations of the Cross. Volunteers carried the historical image of Our Lady of Sorrows in the processions.
“I think we’re all struggling through this year, and we all have our intentions to present to the Lord,” said Deacon Korman. “But I hope this is also a time we’ll all look back and hopefully see a positive change in our relationship with God and with Mary and with other people.”
La Salette Father Dennis Meyer, a Central Missouri native who is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a priest of the Missionaries of La Salette, took part in the processions, presided at the Closing Mass and preached the homily.
“Mary is a mother who is always there to help people, always there to understand,” he said.
Msgr. Higley thanked everyone who helped organize the pilgrimage and all whose ongoing support helps maintain the shrine and its grounds for pilgrims, year-in and year-out.
“I’m grateful to all who continued supporting and carrying on the spirit of those who started this here in this place of devotion in woods back in the 1800s,” he said. (76 photos)