Prayer Walk in Celebration of the Solemnity of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:30am to 12:00pm
Saint Ignatius Loyola, who referred to himself as “The Pilgrim,” often prayed on his feet, and encouraged his companions to do the same. He trekked his Basque homeland, and far beyond, with a desire to see it as God saw it. So it is fitting that, as a Jesuit parish, one of the ways we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is by stepping beyond the walls of our church buildings and put feet to our prayers.
We will be taking our prayers to the places in our community where we desire to see God’s living presence manifested and our prayer petitions answered. For example, we will stand outside the Poverello Center and St. Patrick Hospital, praying quietly for blessings of God’s love, peace and healing for all those they serve.
No RSVPs… just lace up your sneakers and join us!
Prayer Walk Route
5.2 miles 3 ½ hours
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Meet near the Grotto of the Blessed Mary on the lawn between the Parish Office and the Church (Reidy Hall if it’s a rainy day)
Welcome & Opening Prayer – 15 minutes Walk 1.0 miles – 20 minutes
- St. Anthony Catholic Church Prayer – 10 minutes Walk 500 feet – 2 minutes
- Loyola Sacred Heart High School Prayer – 5 minutes Walk 1.7 mile – 33 minutes
- Poverello Center/Missoula County Detention Prayer – 5 minutes Walk 1.2 miles – 24 minutes
- St. Mary’s Cemetery Prayer – 10 minutes Walk 1.1 miles – 22 minutes
- St. Patrick Hospital and Health Services Prayer – 5 minutes Walk .2 miles – 4 minutes
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Closing Prayer & Brown Bag Lunch (lemonade, ice water and chips will be provided) – 45 minutes
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of your prayer walk, please observe these guidelines:
- Arrive early and be prepared to begin walking right after the welcome and opening prayer.
- If you wish, bring a sack lunch to be enjoyed after the walk. Lemonade, cold water and chips will be provided.
- Walkers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- Silence your cell phone and leave your ear buds behind for the sake of communing with the Lord and with your fellow prayer walkers.
- Wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes with adequate tread.
- A lightweight backpack may be helpful for carryingraingear and a water bottle.
- Well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcome.
- Each walker is responsible for his or her own preparedness and safety.