With the Ballarat to Bendigo 2021 "Christus Rex" Pilgrimage cancelled due to Covid restrictions, our FSSP Adelaide Latin Mass Community ran their own pilgrimage in honour of Christ the King in country South Australia (from 29-31 October.)
After a torrential downpour on the bus route down south the evening prior, the pilgrimage officially commenced with a Sung Mass at St Thomas Aquinas' Church, Naracoorte on the morning of Friday 29th. The skies had cleared and the pilgrims, with their chaplain Fr Thomas Sofatzis FSSP, joyfully singing and praying, marched the 25km to Joanna Hall, where they enjoyed the warmth of a nice campfire and even saved enough energy for a game of soccer.
Rising early on Saturday 30th, pilgrims were treated to a picturesque 16km walk to Fr Woods' park, holding Mass in the grounds, followed by lunch. The day's journey continued for a further 15km, with many of the younger pilgrims competing in a race to the day's finish line.
Refreshed after spending the night at Penola Racecourse, pilgrims completed a spirited final 8km trek into Penola, concluding their travels with a glorious Sung Mass at St Joseph's Church on the Feast of Christ the King. They were treated to a delicious (and well deserved) lunch following at the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre. It was a very spiritually rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable long weekend.
We specially thank Fr Christopher Matala (from St Thomas' Naracoorte) and Fr Michael Romeo (from St Joseph's Penola) for their generous welcome and the hospitality with which they received us.
Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!