By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News
For an hour on a Saturday in May, a unique Eucharistic procession in the air saw Fr. Matthew Ramsay once again flying with the Blessed Sacrament over the city, praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, for healing and restoration for all those affected, and for good weather for the new growing season.
The May 29, 2021 flight was a repeat of a similar event near the start of the global pandemic, when the pastor of Saint Anne’s Parish in Saskatoon first took to the skies with local pilot William Hughes, to carry the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance over the city in prayer. A statue of Our Lady of Fatima was also on board during both flights.
The events were organized with the help of a team of community members, many of whom were praying on the ground while the flight took place overhead.
The idea of prayers over the city captured the imagination and the gratitude of many who heard about it through social media or news reports.
Video about the 2020 flight at the start of the pandemic: