Nine Church Walk

A traditional New Orleans devotion takes place on Good Friday next week. The “nine church walk” calls for pilgrims to walk from church to church, stopping briefly in each of nine churches, to pray and meditate on the passion of Christ.  In other parts of the world, particularly in cities like Rome where churches are densely congregated, Catholics visit 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.

Many pilgrims begin the nine church walk at St. Stephen Church as early as 7:00 am.  They will arrive in family groups, parish communities and youth groups.

St. Stephen Church, St. Henry Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel will be open from 7:00 am until noon on Good Friday.  If you can help greet pilgrims and distribute water at either St. Stephen, St. Henry or Our Lady of Good Counsel, please contact the parish office at 899-1378, or just show up!