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The San Lorenzo Ruiz Group-Eastpointe (SLRGE) hosted last July 9 the annual Filipino pilgrimage to the Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.

Indeed, it was a day of journey to faith, healing and hope.

SLRGE also hosted the annual pilgrimage in 2011.

The Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation are run by Conventual Franciscan friars led by Rev. Fr. Raymond Mallett, OFM, and Bro. Randy Kin, pilgrimage director.

For over 140 years, Our Lady of Consolation has shown herself as the most loving, consoling Mother to thousands of pilgrims. Through Our Lady’s intercession and prayers, the sick and the afflicted have regained health and comfort and received consolation.

The Shrine, which is famous for its many miracles, continues to be a holy and powerful place of prayer for the faithful.

Every second Saturday of July is designated Filipino Pilgrimage Day, and hundreds of Filipino devotees travel all the way from neighboring states and Canada to pray at the Shrine.

This year’s Filipino Pilgrimage Day (July 9) started at 11 a.m. with a Tagalog Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim Galos who was assisted by Fr. Masih Shafique of St. Jude church.

The KKPM (Kapulongan ng mga Katolikong Pilipino) Choir under the baton of Aris Macandog sang Eucharistic Tagalog songs that made the Filipino pilgrims feel at home.

It was recalled that in October 2015, Pope Francis broke tradition by designating  each Roman Catholic diocese throughout the world as one or more local Holy Doors during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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This has pave the way for  Catholics to gain plenary indulgences granted during the Jubilee Year without having to travel to Rome. The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation is designated as one of the Holy Doors.

The Mass was followed by a fellowship on the picnic grounds where everyone shared delicious food, including two “litsons” that was brought by SLRGE.

At 2:30 p.m., there was enrollment in the Confraternity of Our Lady inside the church. This was followed by a Rosary procession around the church, benediction and healing prayers at the Relics of the True Cross.
SLRGE is based at St. Basil church located at 22851 Lexington St., Eastpointe, Michigan.

SLRGE is inviting the faithful to join us every first Wednesday of the month (Baclaran day in the Philippines) for the Rosary Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Mass is held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a fellowship affair.

SLRGE members are also doing the nine-month Novena to Our Lady of Fatima (February– October) at St. Jude church on East 7 Mile Road, Detroit.

Currently, SLRGE is coordinating a pilgrimage to the Holy Land scheduled on Nov. 7–16, 2016. The tour costs a very reasonable price of $2,925, which includes everything, except travel insurance.

For more details, interested individuals or parties are asked to send their inquiry via email to this writer at bbelen619[at]