By Our Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 7: The annual Eucharistic Procession of the Shillong Archdiocese will be held this Sunday.
The general secretary of Parish Pastoral Council Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Barnabas Nongbah, said that all the faithful of the Shillong Archdiocese, Jowai Diocese, and Nongstoin Diocese are welcome to attend the Eucharistic procession.
The grand event will be held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians in Laitumkhrah.
Nongbah said that the day will start with the morning prayers at 9.15 am followed by the Holy Mass at 10 am, which will be celebrated by Most Rev. Leopoldo Girelli, the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, Most Rev. Victor Lyngdoh, Archbishop of Shillong, and the three newly ordained bishops — Most Rev. Wilbert Marwein, Bishop of Nongstoin; Most Rev. Ferdinand Dkhar, Bishop of Jowai; and Most Rev. Joachim Walder, Auxiliary Bishop of Aizawl.
The grand procession will commence at 1:30 pm from Calvary and follow a route through Dhankheti, Shillong-Jowai road, Laitumkhrah Main Road, Don Bosco Square, and return to Calvary.
In a bid to accommodate a large number of attendees, parking arrangements have been made at various locations including Madan Iew Rynghep, St. Edmund’s College, MIIT Brookdene, St. Margaret’s Convent, St. Mary’s Convent, St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School Mini Stadium, Christ King College, Don Bosco Technical School, parking lot of Loreto School (Hopkinson Road), and Malki playground.
Vehicles will also be allowed to park on one side of the road in specified areas to maintain smooth flow of traffic.
These areas include Barik Point leading to Pine Mount School and Seven Set School; Lower Lachumiere from Horse Shoe building to DIPR; Treasury Office; Opposite Additional Secretariat to Barik Point; behind the Governor’s House; in front of Don Bosco Hall (Hopkinson Road); Jacob’s Ladder; Boyce’s Road — Shillong College — Bajoria School etc.
Traffic volunteers will be present at parking lots to assist in organising the parking and ensuring a free-flow of traffic.
Attendees parking on the roadside are requested to park in a single file to avoid disrupting traffic.
The entire length of the road from Dhankheti to Shillong Jowai Road, Laitumkhrah Main Road, Don Bosco Square, and Calvary has been declared a ‘No Parking Zone’ on Sunday.
The Dhankheti-Don Bosco Square stretch of the road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8:45 am until the conclusion of the event.
No entry restrictions will be in place for all vehicles on the Shillong-Jowai Road at Barik Point and Fire Brigade from 12 am to 3:30 pm to facilitate the procession.
Local authorities have declared a no-vending zone along the procession route including Dhankheti, Shillong-Jowai Road, Laitumkhrah Main Road, and Don Bosco Square.