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Worthington parishioners celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi with a parade downtown

Parishioners parade down 10th Street following Sunday's Spanish Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Worthington.

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Young girls and boys who had celebrated their First Communion at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Worthington helped lead the parade down Worthington's 10th Street on Sunday, June 19, 2022.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe
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WORTHINGTON — Hundreds of parishioners from St. Mary’s 11 a.m. Spanish Mass paraded from the church to the 10th Street Pavillion on Sunday honoring the Feast of Corpus Christi, the presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the church’s communion ritual of bread and wine.

It was the first time since 2019 that the church has been able to have the parade, which included stopping for praise at several stations, including Noah’s Ark and The Last Supper, as both young and old walked Worthington’s 10th Street.

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“This has been going on for years,” said Raquel Avila, a representative from UFCW Local 663 who joined in the celebration.

Along the route, the parishioners were given a blessing.

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One of the stations set up along the parade route was The Last Supper, showing how the bread and wine represent the body and blood of Jesus.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe

“This is celebrated around the world by Catholics,” Avila said. “We gather to honor the sacred body of Jesus Christ. We celebrate by doing the procession to the pavilion to honor and remember. Thanks to him, we are here.”

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A participant in the Feast of Corpus Christi parade Sunday, June 19, 2022, in downtown Worthington carried red and white roses, symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe

The parade included several young girls in white dresses, each of whom celebrated her first communion on Sunday, and one float featuring praise music by local musicians and singers.

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Parishioners of St. Mary's participate in the Feast of Corpus Christi parade down Worthington's 10th Street Sunday afternoon, June 19, 2022.
Julie Buntjer / The Globe
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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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