Children join in procession bringing Jesus into the street in Unity, SK

St. Peter's Catholic School and St. Peter Parish in Unity joined together for a Eucharistic procession to mark Corpus Christi on June 8, 2023. (Photos submitted by Fr. Gregory Roth)

By Fr. Gregory Roth, St. Peter Parish, Unity

St. Peter’s Catholic School and St. Peter Parish in Unity, SK joined together June 8 for a Eucharistic Procession.

While we celebrate Corpus Christi on a Sunday, the traditional date is the Thursday before, which facilitated the school being in attendance.

Along the way, parishioners led the Rosary and songs, while the school children laid 5,000 rose petals as they walked.

Children spread flower petals during the procession. (Submitted photo)

The laying of flowers is customary and symbolizes the graces that God gives us daily as well as expressing that wherever Christ and his disciples go, life and beauty abound.

St. Therese of Lisieux (“the Little Flower”) was quoted as saying “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints.  My mission is to make God loved.” It is in that same spirit of St. Therese that we seek to bring Jesus to the streets, so that we too might make God loved.

Along the way we stopped at Parkview Place, a senior’s residence in Unity, where the residents came out to join with the school children in praying and singing with them.

It was a very warm day in two ways: one because of the weather, and two, because of the smiles of the children who participated.

The Unity RCMP detachment also provided a police escort to ensure the safety of all those involved and this was greatly appreciated.