Pilgrims from Oregon's southern coast walked 3.1 miles on Good Friday from Holy Redeemer Parish in North Bend to St. Monica Parish in Coos Bay.
Pilgrims from Oregon's southern coast walked 3.1 miles on Good Friday from Holy Redeemer Parish in North Bend to St. Monica Parish in Coos Bay.
NORTH BEND — Joyful honks came from cars — their drivers eagerly waving — as dozens of Catholics walked along the roads of Coos Bay and North Bend carrying rosaries, a banner and most notably a large wooden cross.  

Members from Oregon’s south coast parishes gathered for an afternoon and evening of Good Friday events. Stations of the Cross was held at Holy Redeemer Parish in North Bend. Then, with rosaries in hand, pilgrims gathered in front of the North Bend church and began the 3.1 mile walk to St. Monica Parish in Coos Bay. The men, women and children on the pilgrimage took turns holding the large wooden cross that led the group.

Upon arriving at the church in Coos Bay, worshippers who would be attending the Good Friday service met for a soup dinner in the parish hall. But before the soup was served, appetizers were served to meditate and pray on the various stages of the passion — ie. olives in remembrance of the agony in the garden.

The day ended with the traditional Good Friday service, which Father Robert Wolf, pastor at St. Monica, pointed out has been unchanged for hundreds of years.