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Pray the Steps at the Church of the Immaculata

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.

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  • Sue

    Enjoyed this experience very much!

    March 29, 2013

  • Sarah T.

    I decided to go earlier in the day and skip the dinner so that I can attend the Good friday Tenebrae service at my own church. Thanks for encouraging me to go, even as a non-Catholic.

    March 29, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    I have always wanted to pray the steps on Good Friday, but my little dog is having surgery that morning. I have to pick her up at 4:00 that afternoon. I do not want to leave her alone for a couple of days.

    March 28, 2013

  • Michael

    For this event, as Host, I plan to park on Kellogg Ave close to the Boat House approx. 4:45 and walk from there to the very bottom step. I plan to start up the steps at 5:00. As in the ad, there are many different ways to pray the steps, and everyone is welcome to travel at whatever pace is comfortable for them and start at whatever location they like. If you’re running late, pray the steps in the morning, or just want to join us for dinner, we have a 6:30 reservation at Joe’s Crab Shack under the 30+ Catholic Singles name, so please feel free to join us.


    March 27, 2013

  • Paul D.

    I have the same question as Anna. Which first step are we meeting at? The Boathouse, Columbia Parkway, or St. Gregory Street?

    March 26, 2013

  • Kathy G.

    I would love to do the steps on Good Friday, but I will have to cancel because my little 3 year old dog has to have surgery that day. Hopefully, I can do them next year.

    March 25, 2013

  • sue m.

    Many first's: to walk the steps at Immaculata and to join with Meetup. Looking forward. [concerned about parking!].

    March 23, 2013

  • Sarah T.

    I'm not Catholic, but I can pray anyway, without the rosary. Is that okay with the group? I've wanted to do this for some time and never did.

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Sarah T.

      thanks. just didn't want to offend anyone.

      February 28, 2013

    • Keith W.

      More prayers the better! All are welcome! Jesus died for all.

      1 · March 23, 2013

  • Keith W.

    This is an amazing and Holy experience. I go ever Good Friday. Great service at 11:30 am. Not sure if I will walk the steps.

    March 23, 2013

  • Anna

    Which "first" step are you meeting at 5:00? There appears to be a few places to start.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be doing them early in the AM.

    March 11, 2013

  • Jennifer S.

    I am hoping to be able to participate this year.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Sabina

    Its a maybe....don't know my traveling agenda for March yet :-)

    February 17, 2013

  • Nancy B

    I think since parking is limited, could we meet someplace (joes shack??) and car pool?

    1 · February 15, 2013

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