Monday, July 4, 2011

Report from the road: Walking day #1

With the exception of the first five minutes of light rain, we have had sunny skies all day for our first day of walking.  We began the day with Mass, celebrated with just the 15 of us and college seminarian Joe.  Today is the feast of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, a patron of youth, so it was a fitting time to begin our pilgrimage.

Following Morning Prayer, a reflection about Bl. John Paul II and a delicious breakfast, we were on the road.  The first leg of the journey is taking us through the area often referred to as, “God’s Country,” with many farms along the quiet country roads.

We stopped at Holy Redeemer in New Bremen for some prayer and a reflection on St. Louis de Montfort.  Then it was off to Subway for a quick lunch.  We next walked to St. Augustine in Minster, where we were given a wonderful history of the area and of the parish.  One of the teens offered a reflection about St. Monica.

From there we walked to St. Michael’s in Fort Laramie.  We were greeted with some wonderful snacks and drinks, and an opportunity to reflect on the life of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. 

Our final stop of the day is St. Remy’s in Russia.  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with the youth minister, Nicole, followed by ice cream back in the parish center.

Keep us in your prayers as we continue day two of walking tomorrow.

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