Father Christie Tissera and parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in John Day, along with others in the community, attended a visitation Sept. 19 of The Statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The statue, which originally came from Rome and was blessed by Pope Francis, has been taken from parish to parish in the Baker Diocese and was brought to John Day for the day.
A necklace worn by the Blessed Virgin Mary statue shows a heart surrounded by thorns, and she holds a holy rosary in one hand and a scapular in the other.
Father Christie officiated for the event, and Liz Aleman of John Day helped coordinate the daylong schedule with help from other volunteers.
The day’s events included receiving the statue with a procession into the church. Following Mass was the recitation of the four mysteries of the rosary, silent veneration, Holy Chaplet, blessing of the scapulars and finally a coronation of the statue.
Refreshments were served in the parish hall throughout the day.
Aleman said, whether people stayed for a few minutes or for the day, their time to attend was appreciated.
“It was so heartwarming to see,” she said. “People made a special effort to be a part of that celebration.”
Christie is currently in Sri Lanka, presiding over his nephew’s wedding.
The church is named after St. Elizabeth of Hungary, known for helping the poor, needy, lonely and the sick.