St. Mary students make pilgrimage to Holy Door

Emily Booker News, Schools, Year of Mercy

St. Mary School students walk the grounds of Sacred Heart Cathedral and reflect on mercy as part of a Year of Mercy pilgrimage.

St. Mary School students walk the grounds of Sacred Heart Cathedral and reflect on mercy as part of a Year of Mercy pilgrimage.

One goal of the Year of Mercy is to take extra time to contemplate on the mystery of God’s love. The students of St. Mary School in Oak Ridge did just that when they made a pilgrimage to Sacred Heart Cathedral and its Holy Door on Monday, August 22.

The young pilgrims celebrated the Year of Mercy by preparing themselves for the pilgrimage through prayer, walking the grounds of Sacred Heart Cathedral, and entering through the Holy Door. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass.

After Mass, the children learned more about what made a church a cathedral and about the new Sacred Heart Cathedral under construction.

It was an exemplary day for St. Mary students to take a pilgrimage, as it was the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in Oak Ridge.