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Othello parishioners make Easter pilgrimage
the Inland Register
(From the June 11, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)
Youth and adults from Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, participated in an Easter pilgrimage journey April 25. (IR photo courtesy of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello)
On April 25, 60 junior and senior high school students of Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, accompanied by dozens of adult volunteers, took part in a special Easter peregrination event inspired by the pilgrimage walks of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where St. James spread the Gospel in the early days of the church. The theme of the pilgrimage was taken from the Disciples on the road to Emmaus: “Didn’t our hearts burn within us....”
Taking cues from the European model, pilgrims on the Sacred Heart peregrination departed from the sanctuary after Mass, and walked 16 miles to Scootenay Reservoir Park. The pilgrims were refreshed along the way at rest stops at two mile intervals, in a tip of the hat to the hospitaleros of Spain, and given food, drink, first aid, and inspirational items, by a number of volunteers.
Along the road, pilgrims had the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Sacred Heart’s pastor, Msgr. Kevin Codd, and at the first rest stop, each was given a rosary, which many prayed along the way, some for the very first time.
The youth, despite the many blisters, enjoyed the beauty of their surroundings, hills, rocks, lakes, cows, birds and even snakes. The companionship and encouragement that they gave one another along the way was inestimable. One youth commented, “I can’t stop, even if my blisters hurt so bad. Jesus did so much more for us. I’m not going to give up.”
The event culminated in the breaking of fresh bread made by the women and a barbecue feast prepared by men of the parish that provided a wonderful fellowship opportunity that galvanized the comraderie of all the participants.
This was the parish’s first Easter Pilgrimage, and the enthusiasm for next year is already burning in the excited hearts of those who went this year.
This event was made possible with special thanks to Msgr. Codd, Director of Religious Education Anna Salmeron, and all the many volunteers who became companions along the journey.