2013 - Join us for the 75th Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann Cormac, Ontario
With Father Eugene O'Reilly
Triduum: 7:00 pm., Thursday – Saturday July 25 – 27, 2013
Mass and Homily presented by Father O’Reilly
Pilgrimage Sunday: July 28, 2013
- 11:00 am: Principal Pilgrimage Mass, with Bishop Michael Mulhall.
- 2:00 pm: Mass for Healing including anointing with Oil of St. Ann;
Mass and homily with Father O'Reilly.
Welcome to our internet visitors! May the blessings of Jesus through the intercession of Good St. Ann be with you!
You may wonder what happens at the Shrine of St. Ann during the time between the summer pilgrimages. Although the Shrine
does not enjoy a regular Sunday Mass, a group of the faithful from the parish and surrounding area gather for mass on Wednesday
evenings. This keeps alive the spirit of community that is a powerful characteristic of the Shrine. The Wednesday evening masses
continue throughout the year, broken only by those occasions when the priest serving the shrine cannot be present. Thankfully,
these occasions are rare.
Christmas at the Shrine is a time of beauty and tranquility! The parish church is all but packed as faithful family and friends
gather for the Christmas Eve celebration. We won’t ask you to imagine the beauty, but have included a couple of pictures for your enjoyment.
The views are stunning, yes?
We receive visitors at the Shrine throughout the year, including the occasional bus tour that simply stops by the
Shrine on their way through the area. This most often occurs in the fall, when many tour companies offer bus tours to
view the fall foliage. Tom Kelly is always willing to open the Church and give a brief tour on such occasions, as Tom
lives in close proximity to the Shrine.
We also offer mass once a month, usually on the first Wednesday of the month, for those who are members of St. Ann’s Mass League.
At this mass, the intentions of the members, both living and those who have passed on, are remembered and prayed for by the community.
The league offers a wonderful way to provide a spiritual gift for a friend or loved one that will continue to be remembered and celebrated
throughout the year.
This year, for the 75th Anniversary of the Pilgrimage, a committee of people have taken on the project of producing a DVD of memories
and stories from the 75 years of Pilgrimages. The committee has collected mementos, souvenirs, and anecdotes that will be recorded and
presented in story form on the DVD. The DVD will be available for sale during the Pilgrimage this year. It will make a wonderful treasure
for those of you who have been part of the Pilgrimage over the years. It will also be keenly interesting for those more recent in your
association with the Pilgrimage, as it will present the story and memory of the hard work and dedication of the people who still regard the
Shrine as their parish home.
We welcome your prayerful presence at this 75th Anniversary of the Pilgrimage.
Good St. Ann, pray for us!
Your friends at the Shrine of St. Ann.
|The pilgrimage began with the celebration of the Triduum, the days of spiritual preparation for the Pilgrimage event. Father Holly’s theme for the Triduum was Faith, Hope and Love, Virtues for Living the Christian Life.
On Thursday night, Father spoke about Faith. Father shared a story of how, as a young boy, he would visit with his grandfather...|
|Thousands attend annual celebration of faith|
|Someone was smiling down on the Shrine to St. Ann Sunday morning as the rain held off and the sun shone brightly on the faithful who turned out for the morning mass of the annual pilgrimage.
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|Bob Tryon of Pembroke|
|Bob Tyron of Pembroke, a member of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Smith Assembly, was among the honour guard leading the procession to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac on Sunday for the 71st annual pilgrimage. Despite the inclement weather that has been prevalent this summer, sunshine greeted thousands of people who attended...|
|"We are a pilgrim people"|
|By Lucy Hass
The Renfrew Mecury
Faith continues to draw people to the Shrine of St. Ann at Cormac, 69 years after the first pilgrimage was held.
Although there was no Bishop to lead the traditional Sunday service under the majestic pines of Cormac, Father Eugene O’Reilly of Toronto brought messages of compassion and forgiveness to the morning...|