D. Marquette: a grand gesture for the Year of Faith

Last Sunday after the Pontifical Mass at Assumption Grotto (Detroit) at table I asked the celebrant, His Excellency Most Reverend Alexander Sample, if he had some project going on in the Diocese of Marquette for the Year of Faith. He explained what they were doing, but it was the way he started the Year of Faith that got my attention.

He made the Sign of the Cross over the whole diocese.

First, Bp. Sample went to the northernmost parish of the diocese, planted a Cross (which I believe was a practice of his predecessor Ven. Frederic Baraga) and celebrated Mass.

Next, he went to the southernmost parish of the diocese, planted a Cross, and celebrated Mass.

Then, he went to the westernmost parish of the diocese, planted a Cross, and celebrated Mass.

Finally, he went to the easternmost parish of the diocese, planted a Cross, and celebrated Mass.

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11 Responses to D. Marquette: a grand gesture for the Year of Faith

  1. frjim4321 says:

    Hmmm, I’m liking that idea. I wonder if that could be done at a parish? Northen most household, etc?

    That idea has legs.

  2. frjim4321 says:

    Also, a good day for it would be Feast of Christ the King.

  3. acardnal says:

    Great practice. Satan beware; you are not wanted here. Stay out!

  4. Southern Catholic says:

    This is awesome, and I agree with Frjim, it should be done a parish level as well.

  5. irishgirl says:

    How cool is that? Bravo, Bishop Sample!
    Now watch: the ACLU will find some excuse to ban the display of crosses. Or else some bunch of atheists will whine and complain.
    Stand firm, Your Excellency!

  6. frjim4321 says:

    Now watch: the ACLU will find some excuse to ban the display of crosses. Or else some bunch of atheists will whine and complain.

    Think they would only care it it were on public property.

  7. akp1 says:

    Wow – that is simply inspired!

  8. frjim4321 says: Now watch: the ACLU will find some excuse to ban the display of crosses. Or else some bunch of atheists will whine and complain…. Think they would only care it it were on public property.

    Just you wait.

  9. VexillaRegis says:

    Hmm, our dear bishop would have to travel 1.800 miles to do this…

  10. Andkaras says:

    I like this Bp. Sample more and more. My relatives buried St. Benedict medals in the 4 footings of their houses when they were built.

  11. 1catholicsalmon says:

    Totally cool!