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Hundreds predicted to attend SSC Corpus Christi event

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
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For the third year, St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City, Neb., will celebrate Corpus Christi on June 22 with a procession and other activities.

Father Stanislaus Kostka Maria Balucanag, Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts (O.A.T.H.), explained there will be a procession down Dakota Avenue and through the neighborhood streets in South Sioux City, Neb.

All of the activities planned for the Feast of Corpus Christi, noted Father Stanislaus “are through the instrumentality of Father Jose Mendoza, pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in South Sioux City.”

Radiate conference

The Radiate youth Eucharistic conference will begin at 8 a.m. in the St. Michael’s gym in South Sioux City and will conclude at the end of the Eucharistic procession. There is no cost and the conference is open to youth ages 12 to 25.

“This is a one-day conference for the young people,” said Father Stanislaus. “Through this conference we pray that the young people would have a greater love and reverence for their faith especially for the ‘source and summit’ of our faith which is the Eucharist.”

There will be skits, action songs, games, activities, talks and witnessing throughout the day. The sacraments will also be available throughout the day.

“This whole day conference would be an inspiration and motivation for what will happen in the evening – the outdoor Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharistic procession,” said Father Stanislaus. “We would hope the youth will bring with them their enthusiasm and energy as we do this public act of adoration and worship before our Eucharistic Lord in the procession.”

Mass and Procession

The Mass will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the procession at 6 p.m., benediction at 7:30 p.m. and silent adoration at 8 p.m.

This will be the Third Annual Corpus Christi Procession in South Sioux City. The last two processions drew approximately 400-500 people.

“With all the promotion, and through God’s help, we are hoping for approximately 1,000 people to attend this year. We might have our hopes too high but this is our prayer,” said Father Stanislaus.

This is not only for the Archdiocese of Omaha or for St. Michael’s, but the procession is open to all in the Siouxland area. Father Stanislaus pointed out there have been attendees from the tri-state area. Father Stanislaus would also like to invite all clergy in the local area to attend. Pastors may bring their parishioners and they may carry their parish banner.

“We are ever so grateful for the love and support of Bishop Walker Nickless through his parishioners that have been joining each year,” said the priest. “This year we have some people driving in from as far as South Carolina and California.”

He said they are encouraging parents to dress their young daughters in white (like their first Communion dresses). They are asking people to collect rose petals to throw towards the Eucharist at it passes. White and yellow flaglets will be distributed to be waved in unison with the sacred hymns.

“People are drawn to mystery. Where there is mystery, sacredness is preserved. I hope and pray that this is what happens to all those who attend the Corpus Christi procession,” said Father Stanislaus. “For the young, we pray that vocational fruitfulness will be the outcome of these activities. This is a gathering of families, and we pray that through this, all families will be strengthened through the Eucharist.”

New chapel

June 22 will also serve at the grand opening of the newly built Perpetual Eucharistic Reparative Adoration (PERA) Chapel in the side sacristy at St. Michael’s. Beginning at 9 p.m. that day, the Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the new chapel, where the Eucharist will be adored perpetually.

“The parishioners of St. Michael’s have been working hard to build this chapel and to fill up all the hours for adoration,” said Father Stanislaus, who added they are still in need of approximately 20 more adorers. “This is not only a gift for St. Michael’s but for the Siouxland area.”

Father Stanislaus said they hope the PERA chapel “will bring about unity, healing and peace in our area.”
(See adjacent story about processions in the Diocese of Sioux City.)


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