All pilgrims six years of age and older will be given a badge which must be visible at all times on the pilgrimage. The badge is required to walk on the pilgrimage and is your admission to meals in the morning and night.
The pilgrimage will proceed to Cataldo in small groups of 30-40 people for everyone's spiritual and temporal benefit. At the start of each day, and after lunch, pilgrims can join any chapter they wish, but you will need to stay in the same chapter until the next major break. The smaller number will mean the Priest giving Spiritual direction will not have to shout, pilgrims can keep the pace, and all pilgrims will be able to participate in the peace.
New in 2019, Chapter leaders will distribute chapter badges to pilgrims in their chapter to better care for the pilgrims in their chapter.
With few exceptions, we’ll walk at a very reasonable pace for about an hour, then break for 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re curious, ask your chapter leader about the next break. Unlike previous years, there will be no boat crossing at Higgins Point due to the size of the pilgrimage and the uncertainty of the weather. Likewise, there is a new campsite on Friday, and a new, more walkable route for the first part of Saturday. The good news is that with this new route, it’s possible for strollers and children under 8 for the first half of Saturday.
However, the aid van cannot follow the pilgrims after lunch for 8 miles, so only pilgrims who can walk that distance should continue after lunch. The pilgrims who aren't continuing after lunch will be ferried by the van to the Rose Lake Campsite.
As pilgrims, you should pack your own lunch and any snacks you think you'll need for Friday and Saturday. Water will be available at the campsites and throughout the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For hydration, you should pack a canteen, water bottle, or some other container to carry water during the walk. Due to the heat – we strongly advise you to pack some salt to take with water occasionally to replenish electrolytes.
Campsite - Campfire
Depending on the weather, we will have a campfire on both Friday and Saturday Nights. Compline will be sung, and we will have lights out at 10pm. Minors are not allowed to camp unless a designated guardian is also camping (not together – just somewhere in camp). It’s important that we leave the campsites at least as clean as we find them, and since there is no ‘cleaning crew’, all pilgrims will need to assist in cleaning the campsite before we leave the camp on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Several priests will be offering private Masses on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and while you’re welcome to attend any of these Masses, Holy Communion will only be distributed at the Main Mass on Saturday morning, and the Solemn Mass on Sunday at Cataldo. Confessions will be heard by the Priests not only on Saturday and Sunday morning, but also many times throughout the pilgrimage.
What to Wear
Clothing suitable for hiking should be worn. Your shoes should be broken in (new shoes will result in horrible blisters), bring a few pairs of socks and change them at lunch time to avoid blisters. Idaho weather fluctuates – consider a light jacket that can be worn in the morning and stuffed into a backpack as it gets warmer. There may be rain – an emergency poncho will suffice and takes up almost no space. Ladies, no pants or shorts, no tank tops, skirts should be below the knees. Guys, no tank tops or muscle shirts, and preferably no shorts.
A large U-Haul moving Truck will haul your camping gear from place to place. Although we have a driver for the U-Haul, the gear and equipment being hauled is YOURS. Arrive early enough on Friday to load your own gear, and be sure to load your gear onto the U-Haul truck on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Since some people will want their gear on Sunday at Cataldo, there will be two sections in the truck on Sunday Morning - one to be unloaded at Cataldo, and the other to be unloaded back in Post Falls.
We will be renting and relying on Portable Toilets for several stages of the pilgrimage. We advise you to include in your own backpack a small bottle of hand sanitizer. On Saturday, a portable toilet will be available throughout the morning for girls and ladies only.
The pilgrimage is no longer able to provide ferry service to the pilgrims Saturday or Sunday mornings. However, we will still handle coordinating rides for pilgrimages on Sunday after the barbeque back to Post Falls.
Lunches and Canteen, Flashlight, Sunscreen (if it's hot), Bug Repellant, Missal and Rosary, Head Veil (ladies), Day Pack, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Toiletries, Personal First Aid Kit
- 5:15 am – U-Haul will be open – please load your gear
- 5:45 am – Mass
- 6:25 am – Breakfast and Badge Handout in the Church Basement
- 7:00 am – Assemble in Parking Lot
- 7:15 am – Leave
- Noon – Lunch – Centennial Trail Rest Stop (just under E Potlatch Hill Overpass
- 12:45pm – Leave Lunch Stop
- 6:30pm – Arrive at Searchlight Lane Campsite
- 6:45pm – Dinner
- 8:30pm – Compline
- 10:00pm – Grand Silence/Lights Out
- 6:00 am – Rise and SHINE!
- 6:30 am – Mass / Confessions
- 7:15 am – Breakfast
- 9:15 am – Leave Campground
- 1:15 pm – Lunch Break – Rose Lake Saddle
- 2:15 pm – Leave Lunch Break
- 6:00 pm – Arrive at Camp
- 6:30 pm – Dinner
- 8:30 pm – Compline
- 10:00 pm – Grand Silence / Lights Out
- 5:50 am – Rise and SHINE!
- 6:15 am – Breakfast
- 8:00 am – Leave Campground
- Noon – Arrive at Cataldo
- 12:15 pm – Solemn High Mass
- 2:00 pm – Lunch Served
- 4:00 pm – U-Haul will be open in Church Parking Lot to reclaim your gear
- 6:00 pm – U-Haul closed and Locked
- 8:00 am – Remaining Gear in U-Haul will be unloaded and available in the Church Parking Lot. NO ONE will be available to watch over your things – so please make plans to get your gear right away.