Marian Procession moves to Old Cathedral

The Marian procession is a profound moment of encounter for many of the faithful, according to the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Manager.

Christopher Gilroy said the annual procession, which will be held at Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral in Goulburn this year, offers an opportunity to draw closer to Christ through the intercession of Mary.

“Such experiences are unifying and bring about a deeper conversion,” he explained.

“In the Marian procession, we see this through the witness of many laity, clergy, parishes, and ethnic and ecclesial communities.

“Our Blessed Mother is the spouse of the Holy Spirit. I feel, in this year dedicated to the Holy Spirit, that the procession will be a significant opportunity to seek the aid of Mary to assist us in learning to be truly receptive to the Spirit of God.”

Vicar General Richard Thompson said while the procession has been held at Galong for many years, staffing and organisational issues had inspired the move to the Old Cathedral.

“While Fr Dom Carrigan CSSR supports the move, it will still be a sentimental shift for many who have supported the procession over the years,” he acknowledged.

“The procession has undergone many changes over the years and this year will just be another where the emphasis is on our Marian journey in this Year of the Holy Spirit.”

Hosted by the Goulburn Parish, the day will include tours around Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral, the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, a BBQ, live music, children’s activities and a rosary led by multicultural communities.

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“All are welcome to attend; the hopeful, the doubtful, the committed, the questioning, the searching,” Christopher said.

“We are all pilgrims in need of continual conversion and encounter with the love of God and His Church.”

  • The Marian Procession will be held at Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral in Goulburn on 22 October from 10am.