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July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In the Archdiocese of Regina, the 2020 annual pilgrimage at Our Lady of Auvergne Church, 317 2nd Street West, in Ponteix, SK, will go ahead in a simplified form, with a talk, prayer and Mass, beginning at 6 p.m. July 16, with special guest Archbishop (Emeritus) James Weisgerber.
In 1908 Father Albert Royer founded the parish of Notre-Dame d’Auvergne (Our Lady of Auvergne) in this mainly French farming community. A 400-year old statue of Our Lady of Sorrows was given to Fr. Royer by a friend from Auvergne, France. The statue was originally covered in gold. It had been hidden by peasants during the French Revolution to save it from desecration and vandalism. The statue was the only thing to survive a fire that destroyed the church in 1922. The new church was completed in 1930 and in 1934 the pilgrimages began.
Ponteix is 78 km west of Assiniboia, SK, on Highway 13.