Historic St. Albert Parish prepares special celebrations for 80th anniversary pilgrimage
At the top of Mission Hill in St. Albert and behind the dominating brick exterior of St. Albert Catholic Church sits a quiet stone grotto, originally — and meticulously — hand-built by seminarians.
But it won’t stay quiet for long.
Pilgrims from across the Edmonton Archdiocese will gather at Mary’s Grotto for the annual St. Albert pilgrimage Aug. 18-19, coming in droves to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary as they have since 1938.
Mimi Belhumeur, 91, attended the very first St. Albert pilgrimage. Her family first moved to the St. Albert area in 1936.
Mimi Belhumeur, 91, attended the very first pilgrimage and