August 11 - 14, 2023

Please register by August 4

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Regina

St. Philomena Walking Pilgrimage

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, 2023

              *****Please note that our schedule is subject to minor changes*****

Day 1 - St. Gerard Parish, Yorkton to the Springside Apostolic Bible Camp 24 km

Day 2 - Springside Apostolic Bible Camp to Burgis Beach Hall, 30 km

Day 3 - Burgis Beach to the village of Buchanan 27 km

Day 4 -  Buchanan to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rama 21 km

Click Down Arrow beside each day to find out more

Day One          

Friday August 11  2023     (app 24 km walking distance)

7:15 am   Rides provided from St Anthony's Church in Rama for Yorkton

8: 30 am  We begin to meet in the parking lot north of Saint Gerard Church

9:00 am  Mass at St Gerard Roman Catholic Church in Yorkton with the parish (125 3rd Ave North)

9: 40 am Morning prayer

10:00 am  Breakfast and pilgrimage registration (Breakfast provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus)

10:50 am Group pictures

11:00 am We start walking!             (Distance to 1st Rest Stop app 5 km)

12:00 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

1:30 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 . Henry's Parish of Melville

7:30 pm Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

8:30 pm Evening prayer and campfire fellowship                          

Day Two 

Saturday August 12  2023        (app 30 km walking distance)

6:15 am  Morning prayer

6:30 am  Breakfast provided by St Henry's Church of Melville

7:30 am  We start walking!  (Distance to 1st Rest Stop 5.5 km)

8:25 am We enter the RM of Good Lake

8:30 am  Rest stop  SW 3-28-5   

                    (Distance to 2nd Rest Stop 4.5 km) 

9:50 am Rest stop at NE 16-28-5 (Property of Glenn Falkowski)

                   (Distance to Whitesand Church 3.6 km)

10:45 am  Arrival at the Whitesand Church

11:00 am  Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian Catholic Rite)

11:45 am  Lunch break (Lunch not provided)

                 ( Distance to Hwy 229 is 3.2 km) 

1:15 pm Arrival at Sask Hwy no. 229

*****One mile shuttle  is offered as this highway is narrow*****

1:30 pm Rest stop at Good Spirit Market (Distance to Water Control Structure app 3 km)

 2:15 pm  We enter Good Spirit Park.

2:30 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)

2:30   We leave the water control structure walking along the Trans Canada Walking Trail through the park

4:00 pm  Rest stop near Sandy Beach (Both groups meet at this stop)

OPTION TWO         (app 5.5 km)

2:30 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.

3: 45 pm Rest stop near Sandy Beach (We rejoin the other group at this stop)

                (Distance from final rest stop to Burgis Beach Hall 3.5 km)

5:30 pm  Arrival at Burgis Beach Hall, set up camp.

6:00 pm  Supper provided by Knights of Columbus, St Gerard's, Yorkton

7:00  pm Evening prayer 

Day Three

Sunday August 13  2023                  (app 26.5 km walking distance)

7:40 am Morning prayer

8:00 am Breakfast provided by St Gerard's Knights of Columbus

9:00 am  We start walking!         

                        (Distance to 1st rest stop 5.5 km)

10:30 am Rest Stop between NE 10 30 5 W2 and SW 14 10 30 W2

                         (Distance to Canora Beach 3.6 km)

11:00 am  Lunch stop at Canora Beach (lunch not provided)

                         (Distance to 2nd Rest Stop 5.6 km)

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

                         (Distance to 3rd Rest Stop 6.5 km)

1:00 pm  We enter the RM of Buchanan

2:00 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 Andrew Sowa 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

Monday August 14  2023               (app 21 km walking distance)

7:00 am  Morning prayer

7:30 am  Breakfast at the JC Café,  308 Central Avenue

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 Chaplet of Divine Mercy with other pilgrims

3:15 pm Stations of the Cross with other pilgrims

4:30 pm Supper at the Parish Hall  

For more details about  events at Rama please check their website at

For the Rama pilgrimage schedule, go to

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