Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Smaller Canadian version of the Chartres Pilgrimage: Marie Reine du Canada

From August 30th until September 1st, the FSSP lead a pilgrimage in Quebec from St-Joseph-de-Lanoraie to Notre-Dame-du-Cap (Our Lady of the Cape), a three day pilgrimage of "prayer, penance, fraternal charity and many graces" that spans 100km.

Some information on the liturgical goings on:

Mass is celebrated each day of the pilgrimage in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, the traditional liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church.


The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in parish churches along the route -- in Berthierville, Yamachiche, and in the historic Small Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at Cap de la Madeleine -- with the blessing of the Bishops of Joliette and of Trois-Rivieres, and the local parish priests.

Two priests are normally available to hear confessions in French and English, throughout the pilgrimage, en route, in camp or before mass.

Following the pilgrimage (even for those who couldn't make it to the pilgrimage itself) is a Mass and Picnic on Monday, September 1st.

We need to support and foster these type of events. The NLM will certainly report upon this event in whatever way it can, but now is the time to plan and to register if you want to go one step better: actually being present and participating in the pilgrimage. If you are interested, here is their registration form.

I should note that it looks like a wonderfully rich pilgrimage and, due to the nature of long-Catholic history (by North American standards) of formerly Catholic Quebec, it will have something of a European flavour to it. It might be as close to Chartres as one can get without actually being in Europe.

For more information, visit their website: Marie Reine du Canada

To see photos of previous pilgrimages: Photo Album

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