should know better by now. I always start out thinking that
volunteering is about me selflessly giving my time and talent to the
benefit of some needy organization that obviously cant afford
to pay for workers! And yet, every time I volunteer I leave having
received so much more than Ive given.
It happened again last year at the
Pilgrimage. My life gave me an unscheduled five hours at the
Pilgrimage so I offered to help in the Prayer/Mass Intentions booth.
As it turned out, it was not a gift I gave to the pilgrimage but a
gift the pilgrimage gave to me.
I delighted in meeting the two
little girls who traveled from Manitoba in a motorhome. The future of
the pilgrimage was being created in this, their family tradition.
I heard the plea of a community to
find the body of a drowned child so all could find rest.
And then there were the pilgrims
who asked for healing from their illnesses, and if not healing, then
at least the courage to go on.
Even now as I write and remember my
time volunteering last summer, I can see the little change purses
open and carefully folded five dollar bills generously offered. I
accepted their financial offerings, but I was truly honoured to hear
and write down their prayer and stories.
So, my five hours of
given time became five hours of gift. I left
my volunteer time inspired by the humble faithfulness of this
community. Their openness, honesty and trust were not only a blessing
for that day, but its memory has brought a blessing to my whole year.
If you are interested in
volunteering at this years pilgrimage, please
contact: Volunteer Coordinator at 780 924-3231.
Service Application and Information
name__________________________ Last name _________________________
Prov____________ Post Code___________
Please check which areas of
service interest you:
Security Volunteers Mature
individuals work in collaboration with the RCMP to ensure the safety
and security of pilgrims. Experience in security work an asset but
not required. Criminal record checks may be conducted. Time:
Round the clock in 8 hour shifts.
Parking Attendants control gates
and help direct vehicles to their proper parking areas. Time: 8 am to
10 pm in three shifts of 4 ½ hours each.
Seniors Transportation (2
transportation units) - Mature drivers to transport seniors and
handicapped individuals. Helpers to ride along and assist the
passengers also needed. Time: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm in 6 hour shifts.
Garbage (3 garbage units) Robust
individuals are needed to help with garbage collection. Time:
9:00 am to 9:00 pm in two 5 hour shifts.
Youth Ministry needs volunteers
with experience in youth ministry to assist Youth Ministry Team.
Time: Late afternoon and evening.
Childrens Ministry requires
persons with experience working with, or teaching Catechism to
children. Security check may be conducted. Time: Mornings
Shrine Care Trustworthy and
reliable persons needed to serve as ushers during Mass as well as
helpers to keep the Shrine clean and organised.
Gift Shop Mature individuals needed
to help with pricing, stocking shelves and sales. Those with store
experience given preference. Time: 9am to 11 pm in three, five hour shifts.
Snack Shops require helpers
preferably with fast food experience. Duties include preparing food
items, serving customers and cleanup. Time: 8 am to 11 pm in three,
five hour shifts.
Donation & Info Booth requires
mature persons to receive donations and provide information. Must be
able to work well with the public. Time: 9 am to 10 pm in two shifts.
Cooks Helpers duties include
helping with food preparation and cleanup. Time: 6 am to 8 pm in two,
7 hour shifts.
Shower-house Attendants -
provide change for pilgrims, keep shower stalls clean, report any
problems to maintenance. Time: 6 am to 8 pm in two, 7 hour shifts.
Please indicate the times you will
Only a limited number of rooms are
available to those unable to camp. If you will require a room please
apply early - they are allotted on a first come basis.
Appeal for Priest Volunteers
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is
a key part of the healing experienced by Pilgrims. Many come from
areas where there are few priests and little opportunity to avail
themselves of this sacrament. We are in great need of priests who can
be available for this ministry. Our busiest days are Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday. Meals are provided to priests helping with
About the Campground
Our 50 acres of camping space for
RVs or tenting is provided free of charge 3 days prior to and during
the pilgrimage. During pilgrimage we have shower facilities, toilets,
a grocery store, concessions and gift shop in operation. Firewood and
poles may be purchased on the grounds. RCMP officers and volunteers
provide security around the clock. Health Canada provides a First Aid
nursing station and an ambulance service is on call. Limited seniors
transportation is available from the campsite to the Shrine and back.
Camp gates are closed from 11:00 pm to six am and a quiet-time is in
effect. This event is open to everyone, come and join us.
LSAP Volunteer Coordinator
10320 - 113 St Suite 302
Edmonton, AB T5K 1P6
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