Sunday, July 30, 2017

Visit to the National Shrine of St. Kateri

Last Monday we were able to visit the National Shrine of St. Kateri in New York. This was one of our stops on the drive from Illinois to Connecticut. The day was a cool one, unseasonable for July in this area. The kids immediately ran to a small little building to the far right of the St. Peter's Chapel pictured above. When we entered this little structure there stood a statue of St. Kateri. 

The place was cozy and warm with a delightful smell of pine. It was a place one could spend a long time in prayer. Before the statue was a basket for petitions. 

Asher wrote out an intention for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.  

The excitement was high with the kids to explore so after a time we left the tiny chapel which Asher named the Candle Chapel (as there were many candles along the walls) and we resolved to come back before leaving. Our next stop was to do the Stations of the Cross that spread across the open lawn and followed up a hill. 

We heard that one could walk from the edge of where the Stations ended up a dirt path to the village of St. Kateri and the stream where she was baptized. As we began the walk it started to rain. The rain became heavier and the grade steeper. With my joint disability walking on steep inclines is very difficult so we had to turn back.  We were told there was an access to the village by car.
We then stopped at the gift shop meeting a lovely women who welcomed us. We made our way to the St. Peter's Chapel which you see pictured at the top of the post. It was there that we prayed the Rosary. We included in our intentions all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary. We then made our way downstairs to view the Indian Museum. The rain had stopped at that point and we had a little lunch we had brought on a picnic bench. While the rest of the gang was finishing their meal Asher helped me to get back into the candle chapel. There we lit some candles and I had some time to pray but not long as a family entered. A mom with four of her 5 children. She shared that the children are quadruplets...all 10 years old. What a happy meeting with children visiting the Shrine. It was a blessed time and I wished not to leave but we had one more stop before heading home, it was the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. As we pulled out of the driveway of the National Shrine of St. Kateri we circled around the property to see the Indian village of St. Kateri before leaving. 

This was the place we had tried to walk to but the hill was too steep. When we drove to it the access was very easy and the ground level. The village was marked out by stakes (pictured above). There had been some excavation of the location to confirm the identity but now there were no visible structures only a clearing marked by cut grass. Yet in this wooded place with the clearing and a stream running very close one could imagine a village alive with people coming and going. We share these pictures and our visit that you may know you were with us. We prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.

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