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5/19/2013 10:20:00 AM
Cathedral to host sixth annual bike blessing
St. Mary Cathedral photo
A previous bike blessing.
St. Mary Cathedral photo
A previous bike blessing.

The parish of St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Archdiocese of Portland's Department of Evangelization will host the sixth annual, "Blessing of the Bikes," on Sunday, June 9, at 2 pm in the courtyard of the Cathedral.

The event is open to all in the bicycling community, say officials at the archdiocese and St. Mary Cathedral. The service will feature prayer for all those injured or killed while cycling in our city. Since the blessing event in 2012, the metropolitan area has reported no fatal accidents.  

"Cyclists are represented in all parts of our community," they are members of the parish and staff; they attend our services," said Deacon Thomas Gornick, Director of Evangelization and member of the Cathedral. "St. Mary's is bounded by the bike lanes on 18th Avenue and Everett Street, many cyclists daily pass our church. We invite everyone to bring their bikes and celebrate the many miles ridden each day."

The Portland Bike Blessing has been held each June since 2008 with cyclists coming from around the metro area. The gatherings have included members of the family of cyclists who died the previous year, City of Portland Office of Transportation, leaders from the cycling community and officers from the Portland Bureau of Police.

On October 13, 1949, Pope Pius XII formally named Our Lady of Ghisallo as the patroness of cyclists. The chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Ghisallo is located at the top of a steep hill in the Lake Como region of Italy. An eternal flame burns at the chapel in memory of those cyclists who have died.

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