An old New Orleans devotion will take place on Good Friday next week. The “nine church walk” calls for pilgrims to walk from church to church, stopping briefly in each to pray and meditate on the passion of Christ. Many pilgrims will begin the nine church walk at St. Stephen Church as early as 7:00 am. They will arrive in family groups, parish communities and CYO groups.
In other parts of the world, particularly in cities like Rome where churches are densely congregated, Catholics visit nine churches on Holy Thursday, rather than Good Friday. Traditionally, nine signifies the nine days of a novena. A wonderful novena to begin on Good Friday is the Novena for Divine Mercy, which continues until Divine Mercy Sunday.
This year St. Stephen Church and St. Henry Church will be open from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm on Good Friday. Unfortunately, work is being done in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, and it is not possible for visitors to enter. If you can help greet pilgrims and distribute water at either St. Stephen, St. Henry or Our Lady of Good Counsel churches, please contact the parish office or sign-up in the back of church.!