Summer pilgrimage season set to begin across the province: season opens June 9 in Blumenfeld

Under an over-arching prairie sky, surrounded by fields, pilgrims celebrate Mass each year at the Blumenfeld pilgrimage site. The 2024 event will be held Sunday, June 9, with Bishop Mark Hagemoen presiding. (Catholic Saskatoon News file photo by Crystal Bosch)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

Prairie pilgrimage season begins in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon on Sunday, June 9 with a celebration at Blumenfeld, SK.

Pilgrims will gather at the site of the Our Lady of Sorrows Grotto at the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Church at Blumenfeld, 16 km south and 6 km east of Leader, SK, on Sunday, June 9, beginning with confessions at 2 p.m., followed by a Rosary procession through the grounds at 3 p.m., and outdoor celebration of Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen presiding. The day concludes with supper and fellowship.

It is the first of many such celebrations held every summer at sites across the province.

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In the Macklin area, pilgrims will gather for an annual procession and Mass at the historic St. Anthony Church at Grosswerder, SK, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 — the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua.

Generations of parishioners have celebrated the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua June 13 at St. Anthony Church, Grosswerder. (Catholic Saskatoon News file photo)

In the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, a pilgrimage to the re-vitalized Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows near Cudworth, SK, will be held June 15-16, beginning 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 with Vespers and anointing, followed by 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross and a talk. Sunday, June 16 events include a walk from Holy Eucharist Church to the shrine site, praying the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows, followed by 10 a.m. Matins and confessions, 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Water Blessing , 1 p.m. lunch, and 3 p.m. Akathist to Our Lady.

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Other summer pilgrimages

At the top of the Mount Carmel hill, Bishop Mark Hagemoen blesses the fields with the Blessed Sacrament. This year’s pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel west of Humboldt will be held on Sunday, July 21, with Mass celebrated at 10:45 a.m. (Catholic Saskatoon News file photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

Annual summer faith events in the diocese of Saskatoon continue with a pilgrimage Sunday, July 14 to Holy Rosary Shrine and Church near Reward, SK, and a pilgrimage Sunday, July 21 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine, north of Carmel, SK.

Holy Rosary Church and Shrine at Reward, SK is the site of an annual pilgrimage, which will be held this year on July 14, with Bishop Mark Hagemoen presiding at Mass. (Catholic Saskatoon News file photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

“Mary Mother of Hope” is the theme of the summer pilgrimage season at the historic Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent, SK, north of Saskatoon in the Diocese of Prince Albert, which includes two days of prayer and celebration July 15 and 16, as well as celebrations on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15 and the birthday of Our Lady on  Sept. 8.

In the Archdiocese of Regina, there are several pilgrimage sites that hold annual events, including the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St. Anthony’s Church in Rama, SK, east of Wadena, where a pilgrimage is held Aug. 14 and 15 each summer.


(Kiply Lukan Yaworski is the Communications Coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon: