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May 23, 2008

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION TO DRAW THOUSANDS

FIRST COMMUNICANTS IN WHITE DRESSES AND SUITS TO JOIN CARDINAL IN OUTDOOR PROCESSION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Cardinal Rigali invited all of the second graders in the Archdiocese who received their First Communion this year to join him in the Eucharistic Procession at the end of Mass. Approximately 1,000 First Communicants are expected with an additional 5,000 family members. The children will be dressed in their First Communion clothes - girls in white dresses and veils and boys in suits. Cardinal Rigali will also give each child a medal which he has blessed.

The main body of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will be filled with the First Communicants and one parent or guardian. An overflow crowd is expected and will be seated in chairs on the north side of the Archdiocesan parking lot. A Jumbotron will be provided. The Procession will take place at the end of Mass. It is likely that the Procession will start around 1:15 p.m., but could begin earlier. For those unable to attend the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will offer live streaming video of the Mass and Procession at www.archphila.org

12:15 p.m. Mass
1:15 p.m. Procession (approximately)
Best Visual Opportunity 18th Street or Race Street *
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


The Procession route will move through the Cathedral parking lot to 17th Street. It will turn right on 17th Street right then right on Vine Street and return to the Cathedral. There are two stations (one in the parking lot and one on 18th Street) where the Procession will stop for a blessing and song.

There will be no parking available for participants at the Cathedral. Parking will be available at lots on the corner of 16th and Vine Street and 18th and Vine Street. A third parking lot, Gateway Parking Facility, is located at 1550 Vine Street.

Editor's Note: *For full coverage of Mass and Procession the mult-box is available. Trucks connecting to the mult-box must be in place by 9 a.m. as overflow seating will be in the parking lot. Additional cameras have been placed along the Procession route and will be added to the feed. For technical questions please call Daniel Kearns 215-888-0305.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

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