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Holy Rosary Mission has been honoring the Assumption of mary into Heaven with the event for 65 years

COURTESY PHOTO - Members of the Holy Rosary Mission in Crooked Finger will embark on their 65th annual pilgrimage on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

The members of Holy Rosary Mission in Crooked Finger are preparing for their 65th annual pilgrimage in honor of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.

This year's pilgrimage will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. and will begin with the recitation of the Rosary in procession followed by Mass. The celebrant of Mass and homilist will be Fr. Philip Philip, OSB. Aug. 15 is a Holy Day of Obligation and visitors are encouraged to join participants at the cooler elevation of 1,645 in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain.  Holy Rosary will carry on its tradition with the 65th annual pilgrimage.

It was in 1954 that Pope Pius XII declared a "Marian Year." This special year was the 100th anniversary which defined the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mother of Jesus. Fr. Hildebrand, OSB, administrator of Holy Rosary Church, was the organizer of the first pilgrimage.

Holy Rosary is the only place in the Portland Archdiocese that has continuously celebrated an annual pilgrimage since the 1954 Marian Year.

Refreshment will be available in the church basement following Mass.

Crooked Finger is located five miles southeast of Scotts Mills, off Crooked Finger Road onto Ettlin Loop Road.

For more information or directions, contact Margaret Gersch at 503-873-6596 or Pat Schonbachler at 503-873-6405 or Fr. Philip Waibel,OSB at 503-845-2296.

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