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Celebrate Easter at the Outdoor Stations of the Cross in Brooklyn, Michigan

Tracy Stengel Joseph’s Shrine. Photo courtesy of author. 

The Brooklyn, Michigan forecast for Easter weekend predicts warmer days and little chance of rain. This gives people the perfect opportunity to visit the outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph’s Shrine located at 8743 US-12, Brooklyn, MI 49230. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of my favorite places to go to marvel over the miracle of Easter and to give thanks to Christ for his tremendous sacrifices.

You can walk through The Stations of the Cross along multi-leveled paths with views of beautiful Iron Lake. The Stations of the Cross remind us of Jesus’s trek to Calvary and His crucifixion. The woodsy, waterfront setting makes it an ideal place to pray and meditate. If you take the easternmost stairs, the ones farthest to the right from the church, the stations will be in order. Note: This trail is not handicap accessible, so for those with ambulatory issues, the stairs, inclines, and winding path may not be feasible. While this site is family-friendly, leave the strollers in the car. As you can see from the picture below, there are many stairs to traverse. of the stairways at St. Joseph’s Shrine. Photo courtesy of the author.

The shrine was completed in the 1930s by Mexican artisans. You will stroll under interesting archways as you view the colorful mosaic tiles of each station. It almost feels like you are walking though ancient streets in another time. of Iron Lake from the path through the stations. Photo courtesy of author. 

If you feel the need for serenity and a place to clear your head, St. Joseph’s Shrine offers a scenic, quiet place to reflect. Oftentimes, you will hear nothing but the birds chirping and the squirrels scampering. It’s the perfect spot to unwind or do some serious soul-searching. Sometimes, with our hectic schedules, we don’t take the time to unplug, get outside, and get in tune with nature. A little walking is good for our hearts and feeds our souls.

From the parking lot, you can also check out the Potato Famine Memorial that remembers the Irish immigrants that settled in Brooklyn to flee from the famine in their motherland. Famine Memorial. Photo courtesy of author. 

The public is welcome to visit the shrine from dawn to dusk. There is no admission charge. If you enjoy your visit, consider making a donation to the church -- you can earmark your money to go to preserving and maintaining the stations. Please remember this is an outdoor sanctuary and be respectful of the grounds and others.

Due to Covid, Easter weekend masses are said in the Family Center located at 8956 US-12, Brooklyn, MI 49230. The Easter Vigil will be at 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Easter Sunday masses will be at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Masses are now livestreamed each weekend and can be viewed anytime afterward. For more information and the link, click here.

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