WHAT: A Mass re-consecrating the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to Jesus Christ through his mother, Mary, followed by the Festival of Faith.
WHEN and WHERE:
Mass, 6 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St.
Festival of Faith, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to at least 7 p.m. Saturday at Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets.
COST: Free admission
A thousand or more Catholics are expected downtown Friday evening for a special Mass re-consecrating the local diocese to Jesus Christ through his mother, Mary. A procession afterward briefly could disrupt traffic.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will celebrate the Mass at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Calhoun Street and Jefferson Boulevard.
It is possible more people will attend than can be accommodated in the 800-seat Cathedral, said Sean McBride, director of the diocese's Secretariat for Communications. So the diocese plans to have four large-screen televisions and a sound system set up in front of the church so people can view the Mass from the front plaza and lawn.
Some seating will be provided outside, but people are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to ensure they have seating, McBride said.
If the crowd is large enough, the diocese also has received city permission to close the block of Calhoun in front of the Cathedral, between Jefferson and Lewis Street, to allow more people to watch the Mass on the TVs, he said.
The Mass also will be streamed live on the diocese's website, www.diocesefwsb.org, and broadcast live on local Catholic radio station Redeemer Radio, 106.3-FM.
In preparation for the re-consecration Mass, the diocese invited Catholics to follow the 33 days of prayers and meditations in the guidebook “33 Days to Morning Glory,” McBride said.
All parishes in the diocese also have been asked to ring their bells at 6 p.m. to celebrate the re-consecration, and some parishes will hold their own re-consecrations to Jesus through Mary, a diocesan news release said.
After the Mass, probably between 7 and 7:30 p.m., people will walk in procession from the Cathedral north on Calhoun to Superior Street, and then east on Superior to Headwaters Park, the news release said. Organizers expect a police escort for the procession.
The arrival of the procession will start the two-day Festival of Faith.
Friday night highlights include square and line dancing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. to the music of Bill Werling and the Breakaway Band.
Saturday activities include a pancake and sausage breakfast, 10 a.m.; Festival of Faith 5K Run, 10 a.m.; performance by the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 2:30 p.m.; and live entertainment beginning between 6 and 7 p.m. that includes local 16-year-old Emma MacDonald and the Smith Family Singers.
Saturday's events also will include two presentations by special guest speaker Dr. Ray Guarendi, an author and host of the radio show “The Doctor Is In.” Guarendi will speak at 1 p.m. on “Laughter: The Sanity of Family,” and at 7 p.m. on “Why be a Catholic.”
The Rev. David Mary Engo of the local Franciscan Brothers Minor religious group will speak at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.