A pilgrimage in honour of the Nativity of the Immaculata

In Canada the Pilgrimage in honour of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was held on the 1st of September 2019. It started out from the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ethelbert, MB some 4 hours Northwest of the city of Winnipeg.

Faithful from Dryden, ON and Welwyn, SK came together to continue the tradition began at least 12 years ago by Fr. Rusak of an annual pilgrimage which is usually held near the Welwyn, SK chapel of Our Lady of Fatima over 2 days.

This year we were limited to just one day of walking in prayer, hymns and litanies, with meditations on the Nativity of Mary. The youngest participant was only 6 months and the oldest, 85. The terminus of the day was the Retreat centre located on a faithfull’s property, a short distance of 15 km.

Some 60 plus faithful joined in the day of prayer and reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The brand new and beautiful flags of the Militia Immaculatae flew high and strong to lead the way for a pilgrimage of the SSPX faithful of western Canada. Parishioners from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and our good friends from western Ontario (we consider them part of our prairie family!) converged at the foot of Duck Mountain (...no, the Canadian prairies are not all just one big flat pancake) to pray make a one day pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady's Nativity. These foothills are the backdrop to the SSPX's newest retreat centre, so generously offered by Mrs. Coffey and her family. In support of her efforts (and to showcase the beautiful venue) it was decided to move our well trodden pilgrimage route through the scenic Qu'Appelle Valley to the provincial border. The day was wonderfully successful as all present spoke of being both edified and sanctified by that sense of a good spirit which permeates all good works (for which it is always the Holy Ghost who leads the way). Our portable and travelling 'MI supply corner' was also present and well stocked with much information, and many Miraculous Medals and Brown Scapulars were shared out. The day closed with an evening BBQ, campfire singsong and Father's final blessing.

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