St. Philomena Walking Pilgrimage


August 11 - 14, 2021

Register by August 4, 2021


Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Regina


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.

Schedule

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 30 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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Day One

Wednesday August 11 2021 (app 23.6 km walking distance)

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! (Distance to 1st Rest Stop app 4.6 km)

12:15 pm Rest stop at SW 35-26-5 W2 (Property of Brad and Phyllis Stroud)

(Distance to 2nd Rest Stop 5 km)

12:45 pm We enter the RM of Orkney

1:45 pm Lunch stop at Orkney (Lunch not provided)

(Distance to 3rd Rest Stop 7.5 km)

3:30 pm Rest stop at SE 3-27-5 W2 (Property of Dwight and Jackie Guy)

(Distance to the Bible Camp 6.5 km)

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

Day Two

Thursday August 12 2021 (app 30 km walking distance)

7:15 am Morning prayer

7:30 am Breakfast provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus

8:30 am We start walking! (Distance to 1st Rest Stop 5.2 km)

9:30 am Rest stop between NE 33-27-5 & SW 3-28-5

(Distance to 2nd Rest Stop 4.8 km)

9:50 am We enter the RM of Good Lake

10:50 am Rest stop at NE 16-28-5 (Property of Glenn Falkowski)

(Distance to Whitesand Church 3.6 km)

11:45 am Arrival at the Whitesand Church

12:15 pm Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian Catholic Rite)

12:45 pm Lunch break (Lunch not provided)

( Distance to Hwy 229 is 3.2 km)

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 (Distance to Water Control Structure app 3 km)

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*****

OPTION ONE (app 7.5 km)

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)

OPTION TWO (app 5.5 km)

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 may be times when we need to walk in the water.

5:00 pm Rest stop near Sandy Beach (We rejoin the other group at this stop)

(Distance from final rest stop to Burgis Beach Hall app 3 km)

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

Day Three

Friday August 13 2021 (app 26.2 km walking distance)

7:40 am Morning prayer

8:00 am Breakfast provided by St Henry's Parish, Melville

9:00 am We start walking! (Distance to 1st Rest Stop 5.3 km)

10:15 am Rest stop between sections 10&14-30-5

(Distance to Canora Beach 3.5 km)

11:30 am Lunch stop at Canora Beach (lunch not provided)

(Distance to 3rd Rest Stop 5.6 km)

12:45 pm Rest Stop SW 30-30-5 (property of Max and Jae Zbitniff)

(Distance to 4th Rest Stop 6.5 km)

1:15 pm We enter the RM of Buchanan

2:15 pm Rest stop SE 25-31-6 (property of Anderco Farm Ltd)

(Distance to Buchanan 5.3 km)

4:00 pm We arrive in Buchanan

4:30 pm Mass at St Anne's Church with Fr Michal Pajak OMI

5:30 pm We set up camp at the Community Centre

6:00 pm Wiener roast (food supplied)

7:00 pm Presentation and campfire fellowship

8:30 pm Evening prayer

Day Four

Saturday August 14 2021 (app 20.8 km walking distance)

7:00 am Morning prayer

7:30 am Breakfast (Available at JC Café, but not provided)

8:30 am We walk from JC Café to the No 5 highway (Distance .5 km)

8:40 am to 9:10 We take a 2 km shuttle along Highway No 5

9:10 am We begin walking on a gravel road toward our first rest stop

(Distance to 1st Rest Stop 8.2 km)

10:20 am We enter the RM of Invermay

11:00 am Rest stop SE 3-32-7 (Property of Brian Kushneruk)

(Distance to 2nd Rest Stop 6.3 km)

12:45 pm Lunch stop SW 16-32-7 (Property of Amanda Keller)

(Distance to 3rd Rest Stop 5.1 km)

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 (.7 km) 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 Prayer at the Shrine

3:00 pm Opportunity for those who wish to set up camp

4:00 pm Stations of the Cross with other pilgrims at the Shrine

5:45 - 7:45 Opportunity for confession

6:00 pm Supper in the Parish Hall (Our meal will be provided by the JC Café in Buchanan)

8:00 pm Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

Following Mass there will be Rosary and Adoration

For more details about events at Rama please check the website ramashrine.ca








For the Rama pilgrimage schedule, go to ramashrine.ca



Covid 19 Precautions and other changes


No extra precautions are planned because of the Covid 19 pandemic, but social distancing is encouraged, especially indoors. Hand sanitizing will be available at rest stops.

Also, we have made some adjustments to our route this year so as to almost entirely stay off of highways.



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