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2014 - Join us for the 76th Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann Cormac, Ontario

Celebrate 76 Years
2014 Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac July 27, 2014

"Healing Through Forgiveness"

This is the theme of the 2014 Pilgrimage as chosen by this year’s Pilgrimage leader, Monsignor David Tramontini. This timely theme will be developed over the 3 days of the Pilgrimage Triduum, held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 7:00 pm., and brought to its conclusion at the 2:00 Sunday mass for healing.

On each of these evenings (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), Holy Mass will be offered at the Shrine Church in Cormac starting at 7:00. Each evening Monsignor Tramontini will present an unfolding of the Christian understanding of the need for forgiveness. The evenings will each have a theme, as presented below:

  • Thursday, July 24th: "God's Action – The Beginning of Forgiveness"
  • Friday, July 25th: "Forgiving Others"
  • Saturday, July 26th: "Forgiving Ourselves"

Pilgrimage Sunday - July 27th, 2014

On Pilgrimage Sunday, there will be two celebrations of Holy Mass. At 11:00 am, the principle Pilgrimage mass will be Celebrated at the outdoor Shrine by Bishop Michael Mulhall, Bishop of Pembroke. Priests will be available from 9:30 till just before mass time to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession. You are invited to bring your own lunch, or purchase a meal from the canteen located on the Shrine grounds. The Rosary will be offered at 1:00 pm, and as priests finish their own meals, the Sacrament of Confession will be offered till just prior to the 2:00 mass.

Monsignor Tramontini will celebrate the afternoon mass at the outdoor Shrine, with visiting priests concelebrating. It is the custom at the Shrine of St. Ann that the Sunday afternoon mass be a mass that has a theme of healing. Accordingly, Monsignor Tramontini’s homily will be entitled “Relying on God’s Grace for Healing”. Following Holy Mass, an anointing with St. Ann’s Oil will be offered by the attending clergy for any who request this sacramental.

You are invited to bring your own lawn chair for seating on Pilgrimage Sunday. An area of preferred seating in the shade will be reserved for those who bring their own chairs.

A little about Monsignor David Tramontini

Monsignor David Tramontini is currently the Rector at the Pro-Cathedral in North Bay, and has been a pastor for over 30 years. He was born and raised in Sudbury, his parents being Zita and Bruno. After high school, Monsignor received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biology from Queens University in Kingston. Following this, he began his studies for the priesthood at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. Monsignor was ordained a priest on June 10, 1983 by Bishop Carter.

Over his years of priestly service, while holding the office of pastor, Monsignor has also served the Church in a number of roles, including the Diocesan Director of the Ministries Program (where members of the lay faithful were trained as Deacons, Acolytes, and Lectors); Chair of the Diocesan Priests Council; The Episcopal Vicar for the English Speaking sector of the Diocese; and Monsignor is currently the diocesan representative on the National Federation of Presbyteral Councils.

Monsignor’s parish assignments include serving as the assistant in Wawa, the Pro-Cathedral in North Bay, and at Christ the King in Sudbury. Monsignor served as pastor in Espanola for 7 years, and has served as the Rector of the Pro-Cathedral in North Bay for the past 19 years.

Monsignor David Tramontini brings a wealth of pastoral experience and a spirit of great joy to this year’s Pilgrimage. We at the Shrine hope that you will be able to join us at this year's pilgrimage! Till then, be assured of our prayers for you, under the intercession of Good Saint Ann!

Celebrate 76 Years

We welcome your prayerful presence at this 76th Anniversary of the Pilgrimage.

Good St. Ann, pray for us!

Your friends at the Shrine of St. Ann.
Cormac, Ontario.

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We have made PDF files of three books of historical significance for both the Pilgrimage and the Cormac area. The books are entitled A Journey of Faith, People and Places of Yesterday and The Story of Cormac. Converting the books to digital media ensures that they will be preserved for the future - and for you to enjoy as well!
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