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, 2020
Day 1 - St. Gerard's Parish, Yorkton to Springside Apostolic Bible Camp 25 km
Day 2 - Springside Apostolic Bible Camp to Burgis Beach Hall, Good Spirit Lake 31 km
Day 3 - Burgis Beach, Good Spirit Lake to Buchanan 26 km
Day 4 - St. Anne's Buchanan to Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rama 21 km
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Tuesday August 11 2020
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 Stroud)
12:45 pm We enter the RM of Orkney
1:45 pm Lunch stop at Orkney (Lunch not provided)
3:15 pm Rest stop at SE 35-26-5 W2, (Property of Don and Bilkies McKen)
4:30 pm Rest stop at SE 10-27-5 (Property of Warren and Kathy Crossman)
5:45 pm Arrival at the Springside Apostolic Bible Camp, set up camp
6:30 pm Supper provided by St Henry's, Melville
7:30 pm Camp fire fellowship
8:20 pm Evening prayer
Wednesday August 12 2020
7:15 am Morning prayer
7:30 am Breakfast provided by St Henry's in Melville
8:30 am We start walking!
9:40 am We enter the RM of Good Lake
10:00 am Rest stop SW 28-28-5 (Property of Murray and Brenda Scheller)
11:45 am Arrival at the Whitesand Church
12:15 pm Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian Catholic Rite) (Chief celebrant TBA)
12:45 pm Lunch break (Lunch not provided)
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Arrival at Sask Hwy no. 229
One mile shuttle provided as walking along this highway is considered unsafe.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Arrival at Good Spirit Market
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm We arrive at Good Spirit Park.
3:30 - 4:30 pm We walk along the Trans Canada Walking Trail to the Ski Shack
4:30 pm Rest stop at the Ski Shack
4:45 pm We continue along the Trans Canada Walking Trail towards Sandy Beach.
5:45 Rest stop near Sandy Beach.
3:30 - 5:45 *****We hope to provide a shorter, alternate route that will follow the shore of Good Spirit Lake, leaving the main group shortly after we enter the park, and rejoining them near Sandy Beach *****
6:30 pm Arrival at Burgis Beach, set up camp
7:00 pm Supper provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus
7:45 - 8:45 Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
8:45 Evening prayer
Thursday August 13 2020
7:40 am Morning prayer
8:00 am Breakfast provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus
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
Friday August 14 2020
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.
2:35 pm Pilgrim prayers at the Shrine
2:45 pm We have the opportunity to join in the Divine Mercy Chaplet with other pilgrims and participate in the events of the Rama Shrine program
3:15 pm We have the opportunity to join other pilgrims for the outdoor Stations of the Cross
4:00 pm Those who will stay on until tomorrow can set up camp.
4:30 pm We have the opportunity to join other pilgrims for supper at the shrine
Changes made to this years pilgrimage due to the
Covid 19 pandemic
We are pleased to be able to offer the Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage in 2020, despite the challenges posed by the Covid 19 pandemic. We have worked with Sask Health and the Archdiocese of Regina to formulate a plan that we feel will give an acceptable level of safety to people who choose to join us this year. Some of the precautions may challenge and annoy us, but adversity tends to be part of any good pilgrimage. Accepting these precautions means that we the pilgrims and organizers are doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe from the Covid 19 virus. Here is a list of the precautions:
Social Distancing - We will expect that all participants respect the rules of social distancing as recommended by Sask Health.
Rides from Rama to Yorkton - On account of the need for social distancing we may not be able to offer this service to everyone who requests it. If possible please arrange a way of getting to Yorkton from Rama with someone with whom you already have close contact with.
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.
Rides to rest stops - We are planning to attain a large van so that we are able to offer this service while keeping within social distancing guidelines.
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.
Participation limit - We have a participation limit of 24 people or less for this year’s pilgrimage.