Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

When does the pilgrimage take place?

Wednesday August 11 to Saturday August 14, 2021. It begins with 9:00 am Mass on the morning of the 11th at St. Gerard’s Parish, Yorkton, Sk. The pilgrimage ends at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rama Sk., Pilgrims are welcome to stay and take in the Rama Pilgrimage August 14-15.


How much does it cost?

We invite all pilgrims to pay a registration fee of $60.00/adult, $20.00/ages 6-16, and no charge for those under 6. This covers the cost of portable washrooms, trucks, buses, etc. It also includes the cost of water and most meals.

The meals on Day 4 are not provided, but can be purchased ahead of time. Pilgrims are able to purchase one or both meals when they register. The cost for the breakfast in Buchanan is $8 for adults, $4 for those age 12 or less, the cost for supper in Rama is $13 for adults, $7 for ages 6-12, and no charge for those under 6. The price of the pilgrimage with all meals included is $81/adults, $41/ages 13-16, $31/ages 6-12, and no charge for those under 6.

We understand that for some the cost may be too much. If that’s the case, offer what you can and don’t worry. It’s more important that everyone who wants to come comes.

e Transfers can be sent to dave@stphilomena.ca or;

cheques made payable to “St. Philomena Walking Pilgrimage” can be sent to the following address:

St. Philomena Walking Pilgrimage c/o Dave and Bev Hudy R.R. #1 Melville, Sk. S0A 2P0

Registration deadline is August 4, 2021.

Free t-shirts will be given to those who register before July 15th.


Who can come on the Pilgrimage?

All ages are most welcome. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or appointed guardian over the age of 18. All are required to register and provide the needed information (emergency contact, etc.)


Can I join the pilgrimage if I'm not Catholic?

Yes, each year we have had participants who are not Catholic. You are not obliged to take in all aspects of the pilgrimage, only those which you wish to participate in.


Will I have to carry all of my baggage?

The camping equipment, etc., is loaded every morning into a trailer that transports it to the next destination. Personal items (water, snacks, sunscreen, etc) are carried by pilgrims in their own backpacks.


What about safe drinking water?

Throughout the pilgrimage water is provided at the resting points. Please bring your own water bottle to cut down on garbage and so that you have water to keep in your walking bag.


What do I need to bring?

At some of the rest stops it may be possible to stay inside. There are cabins at the Springside Bible Camp, a hall at Burgis Beach and a gym at the Buchanan Community Centre. But, if you have a tent, it's a good idea to bring it anyway and you will need to bring your own sleeping gear. Bring a lawn chair if you have one. Some of the meals are provided, but not all, so you’ll need to bring some food. Paper plates and utensils will be provided for the meals. You may wish to bring a swim suit as we will be staying near a beach at Good Spirit Lake on Day 2. Consider bringing more than one pair of walking shoes to help prevent blisters as well as a few pairs of double layered socks. See the special section about foot care for information on what to bring to treat blisters and what to do to help prevent blisters.


What will we eat for meals?

Meals are provided by volunteers from neigbouring parishes. Each meal is different and efforts will be made to provide gluten free, diabetic and vegetarian choices. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any special dietary needs.


What meals are provided?

Breakfast is provided Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 and is available on Day 4.

Supper is provided each evening of the walk, and is available at Rama on Day 4.

You’ll need to bring some snacks to get you through lunch each day. You really do not need to bring much food.


Will there be coffee?

There will be coffee each morning! Please, bring along your favourite coffee cup.


Will there be any showers?

We expect to have showers available in the evening of Day 3, pilgrims will need their own towels and wash cloths. There may be a limited amount of showers in the evening of Day 1.


What happens if I am not able to walk any farther or need medical assistance?

We always pray for everyone to make the whole pilgrimage in safety and in good health. For whatever reason, if you are unable to continue walking, you’ll be given a lift by car and receive the necessary first aid.


What can I do to prevent blisters on my feet?

We have developed a separate file concerning foot care. Click Here.


How do I prepare physically for the pilgrimage?

We have prepared a separate file regarding nutrition. Click here.


I am not able to come for the full 4 days, am I able to participate?

People are able to participate for any length of time. We invite all to experience the full pilgrimage yet realize that that’s not possible for everyone. We invite you to come to begin any day that you are able. Please still register and make note in the registration when you will come.

If you would just like to come for the Masses or adoration, you are most welcome and don’t need to register for the pilgrimage.


How do I get home?

For those who would like to leave their car in Rama there is a bus going from Rama (departing at 7:15am) to Yorkton on Tuesday morning. If you choose this option, please be sure to indicate this in the registration.

The best arrangement, if possible, is to have a family member or friend bring you to Yorkton on the first morning and pick you up in Rama at the end. This is an opportunity to include others in the pilgrimage, especially the 8:00 p.m. Mass, Living Rosary and Candlelight Procession at Our Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage in Rama.