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All Pilgrims are required to check in at the Registration Desk as soon as they arrive.: Registrations will take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall – 3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat, on Thursday night from 6pm.

  • Have names marked off and pay any outstanding fees
  • Collect event registration wrist bands
  • Have luggage and flags labelled
  • Purchase/pick up a new Primer

If you arrive later, the Registration Desk is open every evening in the main corridor of the overnight venue.


Thursday Night

Accommodation is provided for all pilgrims on Thursday night following Check-In. Women and children will be sleeping in the hall adjacent to St Patrick’s Cathedral where check-in and registrations are happening. You are welcome to come and set up your space any time from 5pm however keep in mind that there will be a lot of people coming and going throughout the evening so keep clear of doorways and walkways.

Men’s accommodation will be across the road at St Andrew’s Church hall. Please make sure that you come and check in BEFORE you set up back at the hall.


Women and Families

For the Friday and Saturday evenings at Smeaton and Newstead, there are halls provided for women and children to sleep in next to the rooms where dinner will be served. Please keep in mind that there will be a lot of people in the halls and you will need to be considerate of young children sleeping and extra space needed for larger families when you are setting up. You will need to bring your own bedding and pillows. We encourage people to bring a roll up mat to sleep on however larger mattresses including blow up mattress can sometimes be difficult in terms of space. At no times are there to be any beds set up or beds placed blocking doorways.


Men and Campers

All pilgrims are encouraged to camp if they wish and camping fields are located across the road from the halls on both Friday and Saturday nights. You will be directed to the camping sites upon arrival. Please do not set up prior to the pilgrims arriving at the evening sites as these have changed from previous years. If you are camping you will need to bring warm clothes to sleep in, a tent and bedding. There are often people looking to share larger tents so please watch out for posts on the facebook page alerting pilgrims to this.


Sunday Night – Informal Dinner

The Pilgrimage formally finishes after the 3pm Solemn Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
You are invited to the informal Post-Pilgrimage dinner at the Queens Arms Hotel – 25 Russell Street Quarry Hill Bendigo. This has become a pilgrimage tradition and highlight to enjoy good food and fellowship after the Pilgrimage. See you there!


Monday Morning – Mass and Brunch

Mass is celebrated in Sacred Heart Cathedral at 9am the following morning, followed by a one last final pilgrim gathering for breakfast at The National Hotel Motel, 182-186 High St, Bendigo, from 10:30am onwards. Prices are $23 per adult, $9 for children 12 years and under.


DAY ONE – Friday, 25th October 2013

5.30 am Registration continues – St Patrick’s CathedralBreakfast
6.15 am Announcements in front of Cathedral
6.30 am Prayers & Pilgrims’ Blessing – St. Patrick’s Cathedral
7.15 am Prayers & Pilgrims’ Blessing – St. Patrick’s Cathedral
9.45 am Morning tea at State Forest and Homily
9.45 am Pilgrimage continues (Children’s Chapter session at Creswick)
12.30 pm Solemn Mass – St. Augustine’s Church, Creswick (Votive Mass of the Holy Cross)Lunch – Creswick, St Augustine’s School Hall
3.00 pm Pilgrimage continues
5.00 pm Afternoon tea – Allendale
5.30 pm Pilgrimage continues (Children’s Chapter session at Smeaton)
7.00 pm Overnight Accommodation – Smeaton Bowling Club & Recreation FacilityCampers – Smeaton Primary School OvalDinner – Smeaton Bowling Club Dining Room
9.30 pm Sung Compline – Smeaton Bowling Club Dining Room

DAY TWO – Saturday, 26th October 2013

6.00 am Breakfast – Smeaton Bowling Club Dining Room
7.00 am Pilgrimage continues
9.00 am Morning tea and homily – Creswick Road
9.30 am Pilgrimage continues (Children’s Chapter session at Campbelltown Hall)
11.45 am Solemn Mass – Campbelltown Hall Grounds (Votive Mass of the BVM)Lunch – Campbelltown Hall
1.45 pm Pilgrimage continues
4.30 pm Prayers for the Dead – Sandon CemeteryAfternoon Tea – St Laurence O’Toole Church Grounds, Sandon
5.15 pm Pilgrimage continues (Children’s Chapter session at Newstead)
7.00 pm Overnight Accommodation – Newstead Community CentreCampers – Newstead Football GroundsDinner – Newstead Community Centre Dining Room
8.00 pm Children’s Chapter performanceFormalities
9.30 pm Announcements & Sung Compline – Newstead Community Centre Dining Room

DAY THREE – Sunday, 27th October 2013

6.00 am Breakfast – Newstead Community Centre Dining Room
7.15 am Assemble and Board Bus – Newstead Community Centre
8.00 am Bus drop off – Dirt road junction – Pilgrimage continues
9.30 am Morning tea and homily – Lockwood South Reserve
10.00 am Pilgrimage continues (Children’s Chapter session at Kangaroo Flat)
12.30 pm Lunch – Gateway Rotary Park, Kangaroo Flat
1.45 pm Pilgrimage continues
3.00 pm Solemn Mass of Christ the King, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo