Compass sponsors pilgrimage to Canada

Bishop Ricken will lead 8-day pilgrimage Oct. 12-19

ALLOUEZ — The Compass will sponsor an eight-day pilgrimage to Montreal and Quebec, Canada, next October. Bishop David Ricken will lead the pilgrimage, “the Shrines of French Canada.” A tentative itinerary has been created by Mater Dei Tours, which is coordinating The Compass pilgrimage to Canada.

Pilgrims will depart from Chicago Oct. 12 and fly to Montreal. Upon arrival, the group will travel to the Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the World, for Mass.

St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal attracts pilgrims from around the world. It was founded by Holy Cross Brother Andre Bessette, who was beatified in 1982. The basilica can seat up to 2,200 people. (CNS photo | courtesy of St. Joseph’s Oratory)

Following a tour of Montreal, the group will check into their hotel, where they will enjoy an evening meal.

Since the pilgrimage will take place during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the group will take advantage of crossing the holy doors at the Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the World, in Montreal and at Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral in Quebec City, according to Juan Landa, of Mater Dei Tours.

In her Foundations of Faith column (page 17), Patricia Kasten explains that holy doors “are opened so pilgrims can come and pass through them, with the promise of receiving a welcome — and a plenary indulgence.”

“Such an indulgence (when coupled with the sacrament of reconciliation, participation in the Mass, with holy Communion, a profession of faith and prayers for the Holy Father and his intentions) frees us from any burden from sins,” writes Kasten.

On Oct. 13, the group will depart for Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica for morning Mass and a tour. They will then travel to St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, where they will hear a meditational talk about St. Joseph. The group will visit the tomb of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in south Montreal, where they will recite the rosary and return to their hotel for dinner.

The pilgrims will depart Montreal on Oct. 14 and travel to Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers) to visit Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Canada’s National Shrine to the Blessed Mother. Here they will celebrate Mass, tour the shrine with its famous image of Our Lady of the Cape, recite the rosary and pray the stations of the cross.

That evening the group will check into their hotel in Trois Rivieres and enjoy dinner.

On Oct. 15 the pilgrims will depart for Quebec City. Their first stop is a walking tour of Old Quebec and the Older Quebec by the river. They will attend Mass at Notre-Dame-De-Victoires. Following a day in Older Quebec, the group returns to their hotel for dinner.

On the fifth day of their pilgrimage, the group will depart for the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, which honors Mary’s mother, located along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. They will attend Mass and enjoy a self-guided tour at the basilica, followed by visits to St. Joachim Shrine and Montmorency Falls. Sunday evening dinner will be at an Old Quebec restaurant.

On Oct. 17, the group will begin their day with Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame in Québec, the first parish and cathedral in Canada, followed by a tour of Fort Le Citadel de Quebec and a leisurely afternoon in Quebec City.

Pilgrims will depart for Montreal on Oct. 18. Visits are planned for St. Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal and the St. Joseph Oratory, where they will attend Mass. A farewell dinner will be held at a Montreal restaurant. On Oct. 19, pilgrims will board their bus for one last visit to St. Joseph Oratory and a farewell Mass. They will board their plane and arrive in Chicago in the afternoon.

Cost for the French Canada pilgrimage is $2,999 per person double occupancy and includes most breakfasts and dinners. An optional round trip coach bus is available from Green Bay to Chicago for an additional $70.

For more details or to receive brochure with more details, contact Amy Kawula, (920) 272-8212 or [email protected].