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June 9, 2009


First Communicants 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 those children, from three Vicariates in the Archdiocese, who received their First Communion this year to join him in the Eucharistic Procession at the end of Mass.

Approximately 1,200 faithful will attend the Mass, which will include over 350 First Communicants from Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia South Vicariates. The children have been requested to dress in their First Communion clothes - girls in white dresses and veils and boys in suits. Each child will receive a scapular blessed by the Cardinal to remember this special day.

The Procession will take place at the end of Mass. For those unable to attend, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will offer live streaming video of the Mass and Procession at

Sunday, June 14, 2009
2:00 p.m. Mass
3:00 p.m. Procession (approximately)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Procession route will move from the front entrance of the Cathedral and down 18th Street. It will turn right on Vine Street and turn right onto 17th Street. The procession will continue down 17th and turn right onto Race Street. Then a right onto 18th and will conclude at the steps of the Cathedral. There are two stations (one on 17th Street in front of the Archdiocesan Office Center and one on 18th Street on the steps of the Cathedral.) where the Procession will stop for a blessing.


Editor's Note: There will be a mult-box feed provided for the Mass; television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during this Mass. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in the designated area for the media (by the side pillars). Media are asked to stay out of the center aisles at all times.

Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant

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