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Catholic Pilgrimages for Youth and Young Adults

(All pictures are also links:
click on them to find out more!)
Day-by-day plan: scroll down to see all our plans!
     (Daily acts of spiritual life listed at the bottom of this page)
NEW: Photo galleries (172 photos), links associated to each day below

See our brochure here:
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Day 1: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Day 2: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Day 3: Friday, August 7, 2009
Day 4: Saturday, August 8, 2009
Day 5: Sunday, August 9, 2009
  • AM: 
    • Group splits, canoing on Wye Marsh / Tours, hiking and indian lifestyle
    • Then lunch
  • Walk to St. Ignace (there, Ss. John de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant were martyred). 
  • Camp at St. Ignace; Sunday Mass, reading of the martyrdom on location during adoration
  • See photo gallery (23 photos! Note: this is the same set of photos assigned to day 4, above)
Day 6: Monday, August 10, 2009
  • Mass at St. Ignace, & spiritual exercises there (Mass, Adoration)
  • PM: Tour of St. Marie Historical Village
  • Walk to shrine (accross the street, nice & close)
  • Arrive pm at the Shrine of the Jesuit Martyrs, get settled, Evening Prayer
  • Some suggestive photos of New France: click here
  • See photo gallery (39 photos!)
Day 7: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
  • Full day at the Shrine of the Jesuit Martyrs, spiritual exercises (talks, rosaries, etc.) and recreation (ultimate frisbee, volleyball, soccer)
  • Special Mass - not concelebrated - for Trailblazers
  • See photo gallery (53 photos!)
Day 8: Wednesday, August 12, 2009
  • Morning: Final Mass of the Pilgrimage
  • Visit at Niagara Falls for a late lunch or early dinner
  • If it was lunch, stop for Subways on way back to Detroit??
  • Return late to Assumption Grotto
  • See photo gallery (3 photos!)
Spiritual Exercises of Each Day:
  • Morning Prayer from breviary (Christian Prayer)
  • Mass
  • 1/2 hour adoration
  • Rosary (usually while walking)
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet (usually while walking)
  • Evening Prayer from breviary (Christain Prayer)
  • Spiritual talk with Fr. Ward and Q&A
  • Novena
Optional, recommended spiritual exercises:
  • Spiritual direction
  • Confession

 Contact us:
Jonathan: Editor of The Compass -
Virginia: Senior editor of The Compass -
Amy : Trailblazers Secretary-
Father Paul Ward: Trailblazers Director -
(248) 722-5808     *
Mailing Address: Trailblazers, WYD, Inc., c/o Bovitz, CPA, C.P., P.O. Box 445 , Trenton, MI 48183