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Pilgrim's Page - Midland 2009


Dates for Pilgrims - Upcoming Calendar Appointments
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2009: Deadline for last payments for pilgrimage. Moneys expected from walk-a-thon may be paid later; contact secretary for more info.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2009: Walk-a-thon. Mandatory for pilgrims: Doubles as rehearsal for trip: bring backpack, walking shoes, and the whole deal... see whether you're packed right, and ready to go
    • Starting time 1:00pm, for group doing the 16 mile walk
    • Starting time 3:00pm, for group doing the 8 mile walk
    • Picnic dinner around 6:00pm (approx.): potluck, so please bring something to eat and share!
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2009: Departure for pilgrimage from Assumption Grotto 
    • Be at AG at 11:30am, before Mass, repare our departure and avoid unnecessary delays
    • Mass will be at 12:00 noon, followed by the special blessing of the Church for pilgrimas
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2009: Arrival at end of pilgrimage at Assumption Grotto (anytime between 8pm and 11pm)
  • After-pilgrimage party, Sunday afternoon, August 16; location TBA
Itinerary for Pilgrimage - Midland, 2009 - New Photo Galleries added
  • Click here to see our entire plan from August 5 to August 12
  • Check it out, and see what our young people are up to this year!
  • You will find links to the various places where we will be walking and staying
Packing List
  • What should I bring?
  • What should I not bring?
  • Tips for packing
Note: Yes, as of 7/19/2009 this list HAS yet been updated for Midland 2009.
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Announcements

  • Check out advisories and news important for our pilgrims
  • These can be seen by clicking on "announcments" on our home page
Passports!
  • You need a PASSPORT to travel to and from Canada. You can find all you need to know on this US Government web site about applying for or renewing passports.
  • If you dont' have a passport, remember it can take several weeks - that's right, even a few months! So apply now. The best way to do so is to go to your most conveniently located post office, where they have forms for passport applications.
  • Have you heard about the PASSPORT CARD? As big as a credit card, serves as a passport for American travel with Canada and Mexico

Code of Conduct
  • Click here to see the Trailblazers Code of Conduct (pdf format); there are two pages, front and back
  • Each Trailblazer must agree to sign this Code of Conduct lest he or she forfeit his or her participation in the pilgrimage
  • This link leads to the Code of Conduce for World Youth Day 2008
  • It is strictly enforced

Note: as of April 2009, the updated form for our Midland-09 pilgrimage has not yet been made available.
Dress Code
  • Click here to see the Trailblazers Dress Code for our pilgrimage
  • Each Trailblazer must agree to sign this Dress Code lest he or she forfeit his or her participation in the pilgrimage
  • The importance of modestly among our young pilgrims is very great, and conducive to a successful pilgrimage, therefore it is strictly enforced

Note: as of April 2009, the updated form for our Midland-09 pilgrimage has not yet been made available.
Medical Release Form
  • Click here to see the Medical Release Form for our pilgrimage
  • Each Trailblazer must agree to sign this Medical Release Form lest he or she forfeit his or her participation in the pilgrimage
  • Please call to the attention of Trailblazers, by e-mai, phone or post, any special medical situations which you have noted on this form. The health and well-being of our pilgrims is top priority
  • It is wise when traveling with prescription medicines to keep the medicines in their original packaging, and if possible, with the original prescription from your doctor, in case any security questions arise

Note: as of April 2009, the updated form for our Midland-09 pilgrimage has not yet been made available.
Parental Permission Form
  • Click here to see the Parental Permission Form for our pilgrimage
  • It is Trailblazers policy to require this document to be signed by the parents of the pilgrims who have not completed their 17th year (that is, who have not yet had their 18th birthday) upon the date of departure. 
    • This date is July 7, depending upon which program the pilgrim chooses; therefore we require the date if the 18th birthday is on July 7 or later.
    • The date is calculated per the calendar in Detroit (remember, we cross the international date line)
  • Each Trailblazer must agree to sign this Parental Permission Form lest he or she forfeit his or her participation in the pilgrimage

Note: as of April 2009, the updated form for our Midland-09 pilgrimage has not yet been made available.
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Father Paul Ward: Trailblazers Director - director@trailblazerswyd.org
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