Walk of Faith highlights St. Augustine's October anniversary celebrations

PERU The congregation of St. Augustines Church will continue its year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of the parish being in the community, next Saturday, Oct. 20. The parish will have a Walk of Faith from the St. Patrick Oratory and the Mother Cabrini Shrine on Patent Road to St. Augustines Church. Walkers will say decades of the rosary and sing songs at mile markers along the route. This is a reminder for us that our ancestors in the faith walked to church, said St. Augustines pastor, the Rev. Alan Shnob. Jesus also brought the good news everywhere he walked. This walk is definitely a great way to get to know other parish members as well as celebrate our faith together, said Walk of Faith committee co-chairperson Christa Reyell, who praised the efforts of her fellow committee members. Mrs. Reyell said anyone who has ever had any connection with St. Augustines is invited to participate. She explained the entire walk is 7.2 miles, but participants could choose the distance they want to walk. A bus and the Knights of Columbus float will travel behind the walkers to transport those unable to walk the entire distance. There will be portable toilet facilities along the route and rest points every mile. Rosaries will be given out to anyone needing one. The event is free and registration forms are available at the entrance to St. Augustines Church. The first 100 participants arriving at St. Patricks will receive a walking stick and all participants will receive a commemorative medallion. One side of the medallion features the words of Psalm 119 while the other side depicts the St. Augustines 125th anniversary emblem. The walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. Participants can either drive to St. Patricks and park or they can park at St. Augustines before 9 a.m. and be transported to St. Patricks by bus. Walkers will proceed north on Patent Road and then east on Mannix Road to State Route 22B. From there, walkers will take Winding Brook Road, continue to Maiden Lane to Main Street and end the walk at the St. Augustines Parish Center where refreshments will be served. Buses will transport people back to St. Patricks to retrieve vehicles parked at the start of the walk. In addition to Mrs. Reyell, the Walk of Faith committee consisted of co-chairperson Lisa Lawliss and members Mike Lawliss, Gary Liberty, John Guynup, Robin Downs and the Rev. Shnob. For more information about next Saturdays walk, call Mrs. Reyell at 566-6404 or Ms. Lawliss at 643-6694.

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