ALLOUEZ — Bishop David Ricken will lead a three-day “Wisconsin Shrine Pilgrimage” to approved Marian shrines July 29-31. The pilgrimage will feature stops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill; the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse; and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion.
Pilgrims will board the motorcoach at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at the Diocese of Green Bay campus, 1825 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, for departure to Holy Hill in Hubertus. More than a half-million people from all over the world visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary each year.
Holy Hill was dedicated as a minor basilica by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Nov. 19, 2006. There are fewer than 60 minor basilicas in the United States.
Before Mass, celebrated at the basilica by Bishop Ricken, there will be time for praying the rosary and the sacrament of reconciliation. Following lunch, there will be a presentation about the shrine. Lunch will be served at Holy Hill and pilgrims will then have time to pray, walk the grounds and visit the gift shop prior to traveling to La Crosse.
Dinner is scheduled at North Country Steak Buffet in La Crosse. The group will lodge at Stoney Creek Hotel in Onalaska.
Breakfast at the hotel will kick off the itinerary for Thursday, July 30. Pilgrims will then arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe where they will have a directed tour of the shrine church and artworks.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was dedicated on July 31, 2008. The 100-acre grounds include a visitors’ center, a rosary walk, Stations of the Cross, a friary and a votive chapel. Among its works of art is a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the sanctuary that measures 9-feet by 6-feet, created by the Vatican Mosaic Studio.
Mass will be celebrated in the shrine church. Lunch will follow on site. Pilgrims will then have more free time to pray at devotional areas on the grounds and visit the gift shop. A wine tasting and dinner is scheduled at a local winery. Pilgrims will then return to Onalaska for lodging.
The final day of the pilgrimage, Friday, July 31, will begin with breakfast at the hotel. The motorcoach is expected to arrive at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help early in the afternoon. Pilgrims will gather for lunch at the shrine.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is built directly over the site where Mary appeared to Adele Brise in 1859. The Marian apparition at the shrine was granted official church approval on Dec. 8, 2010, and was designated a national shrine in 2016.
Pilgrims will have time to visit the gift shop and grottos and pray in the crypt. Mass in the shrine church will close the pilgrimage. The motorcoach will return to the Diocese of Green Bay campus at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Recitation of the rosary and opportunity for confession will be offered before each Mass. Cost is $575 per person based on double occupancy. An additional $100 is required for single occupancy. All meals, tips and taxes are included.
All pilgrims under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Pilgrims who require personal assistance must be accompanied by a paying passenger who will provide that assistance. The pilgrimage capacity is 50.
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