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Making a Parish Pilgrimage
AIKEN—Parishioners from St. Mary Help of Christians Church made a pilgrimage recently to St. Edward Church in North Augusta.
Mary Jackson, director of religious education, said she thought a pilgrimage would be a nice outing during COVID times, as each couple could drive their own car and people could be socially distanced in the church. Mary said they chose St. Edward’s in part to get to know a neighboring parish.
The group toured the church and were inspired by the beautiful stained-glass windows and lovely statue of Our Lady of Peace. Mary said they learned much about St. Edward, such as the story of the gypsy, Blessed Ceferino Jimenez Malla, whose statue is in front of the church. They also learned some of the history of the Irish Traveler community, which St. Edward serves. “Father Cherian Thalakulam exudes love of the community, which was truly beautiful,” Mary said. “Before we left, he prayed with us and for us.”
It was also a bonding experience for many of the pilgrims who didn’t know each other before, and the group is looking forward to their next trip.