What is a Pilgrimage
A pilgrimage is going somewhere special to one's faith. Once on a pilgrimage, the pilgrim will have time to pray, to leave behind the everyday concerns from back home and to spend time in the presence of God. The pilgrim may be looking for peace or healing and this is a good time to do it. In these ways one can become closer to God.
A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to which the pilgrim joyfully responds "yes" to God's invitation. It is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey, during which significant changes take place. Every step of the way has meaning.
August 11 - 14, 2021
Day 1 - St. Gerard's Parish, Yorkton to the Springside Apostolic Bible Camp 24 km
Day 2 - Springside Apostolic Bible Camp to Burgis Beach Hall, Good Spirit Lake 32 km
Day 3 - Burgis Beach, Good Spirit Lake to the village of Buchanan 26 km
Day 4 - Buchanan to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rama 21 km
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Wednesday August 11 2021
7:15 am Bus departs from St Anthony's Church in Rama for Yorkton
9:00 am Mass at St Gerard's Church in Yorkton with Father Louis Kim Nguyen and the parish
10:00 am Breakfast and pilgrimage registration (Breakfast provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus)
11:00 am We start walking!
12:15 pm Rest stop at SW 35-26-5 W2 (Property of Brad and Phyllis Stroud)
12:45 pm We enter the RM of Orkney
1:45 pm Lunch stop at Orkney (Lunch not provided)
3:30 pm Rest stop at SE 3-27-5 W2 (Property of Dwight and Jackie Guy)
5:30 pm Arrival at the Springside Apostolic Bible Camp, set up camp
6:30 pm Supper provided by St . Gerard's Knights of Columbus
7:30 pm Camp fire fellowship
8:20 pm Evening prayer
Thursday August 12 2021
7:15 am Morning prayer
7:30 am Breakfast provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus
8:30 am We start walking!
9:30 am Rest stop between NE 33-27-5 & SW 3-28-5
9:50 am We enter the RM of Good Lake
10:50 am Rest stop at NE 16-28-5 (Property of Glenn Falkowski)
11:45 am Arrival at the Whitesand Church
12:15 pm Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian Catholic Rite)
12:45 pm Lunch break (Lunch not provided)
2:15 pm Arrival at Sask Hwy no. 229
*****One mile shuttle is offered as this highway is very narrow*****
2:30 pm Rest stop at Good Spirit Market
3:15 pm We enter Good Spirit Park.
3:30 pm We arrive at the Water Control Structure *****At this point we hope to provide two options for walking through the park - we may split into two groups*****
3:30 We leave the water control structure walking along the Trans Canada Walking Trail through the park
4:15 pm Rest stop at the Ski Shack
4:30 pm We continue along the Trans Canada Walking Trail towards Sandy Beach
5:15 pm Rest stop near Sandy Beach (Both groups meet at this stop)
3:30 pm We leave the water control structure walking along the shore of Good Spirit Lake. This route will be shorter than walking along the Trans Canada Walking Trail, but there will be a few times when we will need to walk in the water.
5:00 pm Rest stop near Sandy Beach (We rejoin the other group at this stop)
6:30 pm Arrival at Burgis Beach, set up camp
7:00 pm Supper provided by St Henry's Parish, Melville
7:45 - 8:45 Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
8:45 Evening prayer
Friday August 13 2021
7:40 am Morning prayer
8:00 am Breakfast provided by St Henry's Parish, Melville
9:00 am We start walking!
10:15 am Rest stop between sections 10&14-30-5
11:30 am Lunch stop at Canora Beach (lunch not provided)
12:45 pm Rest Stop SW 30-30-5 (property of Max and Jae Zbitniff)
1:15 pm We enter the RM of Buchanan
2:00 pm Rest stop location pending
3:15 pm We arrive at the Rec grounds at Buchanan and set up camp
4:30 pm Mass at St Anne's with Fr Michal Pajak OMI
5:30 pm Wiener roast (food supplied)
6:30 pm Presentation
7:15 pm Campfire fellowship
8:30 pm Evening prayer
Saturday August 14 2021
7:45 am Morning prayer
8:00 am Breakfast (Available at JC Café, but not provided)
9:00 am We start walking!
10:25 am We enter the RM of Invermay
10:30 am Rest stop SE 12-32-7 (Property of Rodney Dergousoff at Dernic)
12:45 pm Lunch stop SW 16-32-7 (Property of Amanda Keller)
2:15 pm Final rest stop NW 18-32-7 (property of Roger & Elsie Genoway)
2:30 pm We will make the final, short leg as a group, entering Rama via a gravel road from the south, praying the Glorious mysteries of the rosary as we proceed to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
2:45 pm Prayers at the Shrine
6:00 pm Supper
8:00 pm Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
Precautions planned to the 2021 pilgrimage because of
the Covid 19 pandemic
We are pleased to be able to offer the Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage in 2021, despite the challenges posed by the Covid 19 pandemic. We plan to follow Sask Health rules and recommendations as we attempt to provide a safe environment for all pilgrims. These guidelines have been changing so it is still difficult to list exactly what our precautions will look like.
Here is a list of the precautions planned for at this point:
Social Distancing - We will expect that all participants respect the rules of social distancing as recommended by Sask Health.
Meals - There will be no buffet style meals, meals will be served to pilgrims. There can be no sharing of food.
Snacks will also need to be served, rather than offered buffet style.
Sleeping indoors - Pilgrims will need to plan to sleep in their tents. Sleeping in the hall at Burgis Beach, or at the Community Centre at Buchanan, will be allowed only if the distance between family units is 5 metres or more.
Transporting gear - We will be able to offer this service, but each person’s belongings will need to fit into large plastic bags (bags will be provided for each transport) so there is no direct contact with the belongings of other people.
Masks are to be worn whenever we are in vehicles or buildings, except for eating.
Walk the Opeongo Line Pilgrimage
Much of the inspiration for the Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage was drawn from the Walk the Oeongo Line Pilgrimage in Ontario, so we could certainly call the Opeongo Pilgrimage the mother of our pilgimage. The Opeongo Pilgrimage covers about 70 km in three days in a scenic area west of Ottawa. This pilgrimage takes place in late July of each year. Please consider joining it if the timing of the Saint Philomena Pilgrimage does not work for you, or if you feel you would enjoy a change. More information is at www.walktheopeongoline.org