Starkenburg shrine Fall Pilgrimage, Sept. 10

Monsignor Gregory L. Higley, pastor of the Hermann and Rhineland parishes, will lead this year’s Fall Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg, on Sunday, Sept. 10.
It will be held on the grounds of the historical shrine, located about 10 miles from Hermann, off Highway 94 in Montgomery County.
“We look forward to welcoming pilgrims from all over Missouri to our Fall Pilgrimage and the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima,” said Msgr. Higley, who is spiritual director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows. “All are invited to spend a refreshing, prayerful day in the pastoral environs of this beautiful shrine.”
The pilgrimage will begin at 10 a.m. with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The Pilgrims will then carry a statue of “Seven Delores,” an image that has been at the shrine since 1895, in a Rosary procession through the shrine grounds, stopping at each of the outdoor Stations of the Cross.
After the procession, a traditional German meal of fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw and dessert will be available from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Valentine Hall, which is handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.
Religious articles will be available for purchase and will be blessed during Mass.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available after the meal.
Benediction will take place at 1 p.m.
Msgr. Higley will preside at Mass and preach the homily at the shrine’s Outdoor Altar at 2 p.m.
The Fall Pilgrimage, roughly coinciding with the Sept. 15 feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows, has been an annual observance in Starkenburg since 1891.
Before the completion of nearby highways, pilgrims would travel by train to the old M-K-T depot in Rhineland, then process three miles to Starkenburg over dusty roads, frequently by torchlight.
Through the decades, members of the parish developed a reputation for legendary hospitality, as throngs of pilgrims were fed and given lodging in the small community.
“Why not take this wonderful opportunity to really keep holy the Lord’s Day?” suggested Father David Means of the Chamois and Morrison parishes. “Mass attendance is necessary to keep holy the day, but Mass does not automatically sanctify the other 23 hours of the day. That is left up to us.”
The Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows is located in Montgomery County, two miles north of the Katy Trail, on Highway P.
The Shrine and Valentine Hall are handicapped-accessible. The Shrine and historical St. Martin’s Church are open daily for visitors.

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