This past Saturday - August 3rd - we took our longest training walk to date - El Camino de los Santos. Following 8:00 am morning Mass - complete with a pilgrim's blessing at Saint Patrick Church by Father Michael Callea, MIC - we left for the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Plano, IL.
Accompanied by four peregrinas - we made our way through the city streets of Yorkville - walking across a freshly harvested field of wheat - down country roads - stopping at the Brummel Farm to borrow bathroom facilities - finishing the trek on the city streets of Plano to arrive at Saint Mary Church where we met Deacon Doug Wells at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
During the morning part of the trek we were met by our support person - Dee Taylor - who stamped our credencials at each of the four check points and carried spare drinking water.
Receiving the fourth "sello" we found a shady piece of grass where we enjoyed a lunch break and were greeted by Father Matt Lamoureux, MIC - pastor of Saint Patrick Parish. Receiving a blessing from Father Matt - we headed out on the return trek back to Yorkville to visit the site of the future shrine of Saint Gianna Molla.
Ending the day in very good spirits - everyone commented on being able to walk the complete trek. As for Arlene and myself - we again picked up more information - about ourselves and where our comfort levels are - in regards to length of each segment - making final decisions on how far we wish to walk before we take a break and total distance to be covered in a single day.
Dale and Arlene
Pilgrims on city streets
Deacon Dale - Barb - Lourdes - Donna - Sarah - Arlene at Plano shrine
Dee applying sello on Barb's credencial
Deacon Dale - Arlene - Donna - Barb - Sarah - Lourdes at site in Yorkville
Dale and Arlene