One of our most beautiful ministry sites is that of our National Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, in Fonda, NY. This past weekend (July 14-16, 2017) was packed with Feast Day Celebrations at the Shrine. On the Friday Feast Day, pilgrims gathered to celebrate 9:00 a.m. Mass with Solemn Blessing with the relic of Saint Kateri. On Saturday the festivities began with a 1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Ceremony, followed by joyful song presented by members of the award-winning, all women drum group Spirit of Thunderheart, and 2:30 p.m. prayer and worship with our First Nations friends from Akwasasne, Terry Steele, Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa, and other special guests. The 4:30 p.m.Vigil Mass included a Traditional Purification Rite and Solemn Blessing with the relic of Saint Kateri and the evening ended with a 7:00 p.m. prayer and healing circle with Deacon Ron Boyer and Terry Steele. The weekend celebration ended with 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass that also included the Traditional Purification Rite and Solemn Blessing with the relic of Saint Kateri, followed by a Solemn Offering and burning of the prayer petitions. All weekend long the Shrine collected donations of non-perishable food items for those in need. For more pictures and videos from the weekend, be sure to visit the Shrine’s Facebook Page.