As far as pilgrimages go, my annual trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro Massachusetts was not an epic journey. It involved a five minute walk then an hour long bus ride on a luxury motor coach. On the way we stopped at Wright’s Chicken Farm, which I most highly recommend. They serve all you can eat chicken and french fries. Both are outrageously good.
If you’re planning on visiting, I would recommend taking a bus trip. The shrine is hard to find and the traffic is very bad this time of year. For those who want to drive there, arrive early and use a good GPS device. The traffic into the parking lot usually starts to build around 3 pm so I would try to arrive before then. By 5 pm the traffic is bumper to bumper for miles each time I visited, which was always the Saturday two weeks before Christmas.
There is plenty to do if you arrive early. They have a nativity museum with over 2000 nativity sets from around the world. The grounds are very peaceful with Christmas music playing over church bells. At 3 pm they usually have an Christmas concert in the church followed by a mass at 4 pm.
At about 10 minutes to 5 there is a candlelight procession to the large outside manger where a brief prayer service is held. At exactly 5 pm the lights are turned on. That is an amazing sight. This year they have over a half million lights spread over a large area. The pictures I’m posting only show a very small fraction of the entire display. It is well worth the trip.
Merry Christmas everyone !!!