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Plum City church holds sacred procession

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PLUM CITY--St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi with a procession “Come walk the streets with Jesus” on June 22.

The tradition of this procession dates back to the Thirteenth Century and is celebrated throughout the world on the feast of Corpus Christi.

The Solemn Holy Mass was offered by Father Paul G. Czerwonka at 10:15 a.m., followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Plum City. More than 100 participants included the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, First Communicants from this year and last year wearing their first communion attire and carrying baskets of flower petals to throw before the blessed sacrament, followed by area choir members leading the procession goers in song.

The procession stopped at four altars along the way. The first altar at the home of Larry and Bernadine Bechel, the second altar at the home of Steve and Leanne Carlson, the third at Plum City Service and the fourth at the park. At each altar, there is a Gospel reading and time for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The procession returned to the church for continued exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 3 p.m., followed by the song Divine Mercy Chaplet, sung by Hannah Milliren and Steve Carlson, and concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.