About 1,000 Catholic youth will join Bishop Francis Malooly and carry a 10-by-6-foot wooden cross more than three miles through the streets of Wilmington on the day before Palm Sunday, April 8, as part of the eighth annual Diocese of Wilmington’s youth pilgrimage.

Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wilmington, the event features prayer, confession, stations of the cross, eucharistic adoration and Mass during stops at four Wilmington Catholic churches.

Pilgrimage participants will gather at the St. Elizabeth’s Center on Cedar Street, on the campus of St. Elizabeth Parish, 809 S. Broom St., for registration, opening prayer and a concert by Catholic musician and speaker Cooper Ray. The cross will be carried to Saint Francis Hospital, 710 N. Clayton St., Wilmington, where a litany will be prayed for the patients in the hospital, and the bishop will offer a blessing for the sick and their caregivers.

The next stop is St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. Dupont St., Wilmington, where pilgrims will have their brown-bag lunch and celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. Padua Academy, 905 N. Broom St., Wilmington, will be the next stop, where participants will pray the stations of the cross. The cross will then be carried to St. Paul Church, 1010 W. Fourth St., Wilmington, for eucharistic adoration and benediction. From St. Paul’s, the group will walk to St. Hedwig Church, 408 S. Harrison St., Wilmington, where the Palm Sunday liturgy will begin. Finally, pilgrims will process back to St. Elizabeth Church for Mass with Malooly.

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