Please join us on Good Friday, March 29th , at the beginning of the steps to the Church of the Immaculata. This is such a great and unique tradition here in Cincinnati. We will meet at the first step at 5:00. Then we will have dinner at the Joe's Crab Shack 25 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073 (map) at 6:30.
Where to start praying the steps: There are three places you could begin. On Riversde Drive across from Montgomery Inn Boathouse. Another route begins on Columbia Parkway, the steps are located at the end of the exit ramp at Martin Drive. The shortest route begins on St. Gregory Street, these steps lead directly up to the church. How to pray the steps: Although there is no formal way of praying the steps on Good Friday, we offer these suggestions. . . You could pray the rosary. Pray a Hail Mary on each step leading up to church. You could pray another favorite prayer of your own. You could simply pray on each step “Lord Jesus, thank you for your most holy sacrifice.” You could reflect on the events of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, persecution, and crucifixion. You could read the Gospel of Luke from the beginning of chapter 22 through chapter 23, reading a few sentences on each step. You could simply pray in your own words and talk and listen to God. When you reach the church, we welcome you to come inside and sit quietly, pray at each of the 14 stations of the cross located on the side walls, or join us at 2:00 or 7:30 p.m. for the Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion and Veneration of the Cross
Where to park: There is limited parking in the church lot located on Guido Street off of Pavilion. On-street parking is usually available except at peak times around 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A parking garage is located on St. Gregory Street. There is a charge for parking in the garage. Parking at Towne Properties (the Monastery) (at the end of Pavilion Street) is available between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday. Parking fees may apply at other times. If you are starting to pray the steps at Columbia Parkway, you may consider parking at the Eden Park ball field parking lot on Martin Drive and walking to the entrance of the steps on Columbia Parkway.