Tambourines, handclaps and a lively version of “Hail, Holy Queen” marked this year’s May procession at St. Edmond’s Home for Children in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.

Now in its 17th year, the celebration united more than 80 children and adults from the developmental programs division of the Philadelphia archdiocese’s Catholic Social Services (CSS).

“Mary speaks to this community in that these are her beloved children,” said Father Dennis Weber, S.C., director of ministry and mission for CSS’s intellectually disabled adult programs. “She just embraces them in a way that can help us to do the same in our own lives – to recognize them as they are, as persons of dignity and persons of value. And so I think the Blessed Mother helps us to see that.”

Read a feature article about this year’s May procession.