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Dallas Corpus Christi Procession FAQ’s
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What is this event? By tradition, following Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi (or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, which celebrates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper), Catholics process the Eucharist through the streets of their city, while praying and singing. We place the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance, which is held aloft by a member of the clergy during the procession.

Why do we do it? The Corpus Christi Procession makes known God’s presence in our world and in our lives, and it reminds us of our common call to follow Christ and seek Heaven. It is both an act of personal devotion to Christ in the Eucharist, as well as an act intended to share God’s love with the world, as is manifest in the Blessed Sacrament.

Where is it? The procession will begin after the 5pm Vigil Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 17 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219). Immediately after Mass, we will proceed from Holy Trinity (pausing for four “altar stops” to pray, reflect on Scripture and sing hymns) to Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral (2215 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201) where we will complete the procession with a Holy Hour and Benediction. (See below for details under Tentative Schedule of Events)

What should we bring? Please bring water for the procession.  Texas weather/heat in June on an almost 3miles walk could be challenging for some.  Water will not be provided so bring a backpack or carry water with you on the procession.

How do I get there? Participants are responsible to get to the start of the procession at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  You can arrive for 5:00 PM Vigil Mass or by 6:00PM to join the procession. You can park at Holy Trinity Church parking lot or on the streets near the church.  Free bus shuttles will be available from 8:30PM – 10:00PM to take you back from the Cathedral either at the end of the procession or at the end of Adoration.

Who can participate? This event is intended for those between the ages of 18-40 (also known as “young adults”). We desire to have a large contingent as we witness to the Body and Blood of Christ amongst our young adult peers in Uptown. However, anyone is welcome to attend. Children, under the age of 18, must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.

Do I have to register? It is not mandatory to sign up, but we would appreciate those who are on Facebook, RSVP’ing for the event. It would help us to better plan as well as to cooperate with the City of Dallas on traffic flow.  Place the facebook link here 

What if I don’t make it to Holy Trinity before the procession begins? No problem! You can join us at one of the altar stops along the way or meet us at the Cathedral at 8:30PM (our estimated arrival time). Please see below under Tentative Schedule of Events for Altar stop locations and estimated times.

Can I join in adoration, but not walk in the procession? Absolutely! If you are unable to walk with us, you can join us at the Cathedral at 8:30pm.

How far is the procession? From start to end it is just a little over 2 miles. We will take approximately 2.5 hours due to the large crowd and altar stops.

What is the dress attire? Please dress comfortably, but appropriately. Remember that we are in the presence of Christ, and are also acting as witnesses of Christ to onlookers. Represent yourself AND Jesus well. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes if you plan to walk in the procession.

What happens if weather is bad that day? We cannot predict the weather this far in advance; especially in Texas. Therefore, we will post any changes and backup plans at a closer date if the weather is bad.

Will there be restrooms along the way? It will be essential to make use of the restrooms at Holy Trinity prior to our departure. We will be walking through primarily residential areas, and available restroom facilities will be sparse. There will not be any scheduled restroom breaks along the way. If you do have to stop, it will be your responsibility to catch up with the procession again afterward.

Schedule of Events (please keep in mind some of the times are estimates)

5:00 PM – Vigil Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219)

-       Immediately following Mass, procession begins to Altar 1 (located outside Holy Trinity Church)

-       We will leave around 6:30pm to Altar 2

Arrive Turtle Creek Park (Altar 2) around 6:45pm

-       We will leave around 7:00pm to Altar 3

Arrive Klyde Warren Park (Altar) around 7:45pm

-       We will leave around 8:20pm to Altar 4

Arrive Cathedral (Altar 4) around 8:30pm

-       We will enter the Church around 8:45pm

8:45 PM – Adoration with Confession available

9:45 PM – Benediction & Reposition

 

 

 

 

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