St. Joseph parishioners walk for crops

On April 30 an estimated 70 brave souls from St. Joseph, Pueblo, Sacred Heart, Avondale and St. Therese, Vineland went on an eight-mile walk for the annual St. Isidore pilgrimage. Temperatures that morning were in the mid-to-low 40s. The group set out to pray and bless the farmers’ fields for moisture and an abundance in crops. St. Isidore of Madrid is the patron saint of farmers and for the harvest. His feast day was on May 15.

The nearly three-hour trek started at St. Joseph’s church and went south on Aspen Road. Sacred Heart, Avondale parishioners also made the walk, leaving their church at 8 a.m. and met St. Joseph parishioners at 36th lane and South Road. The group then headed north on 36th Lane for the home stretch that ended at St. Therese Parish.

Father Joseph Vigil, pastor at St. Joseph, Sacred Heart and St. Therese-Vineland along with Fathers Bill Gleeson, Gary Kennedy, Charlie Sena, and Deacons Paul Villegas, Ben Davis and Peter Massaro concluded the walk with a final blessing for the crops, moisture and a bountiful harvest. All participants were treated to a BBQ and given a bottle of holy water to take home. The parish wishes to thank everyone who made the journey a success.