First called Wakamne or God’s Lake by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation who live on the west end of the Lake and Manito Sahkahigan or Spirit Lake by the Cree, Lac St. Anne is the site of the annual Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage, one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America.
Who is St. Anne?
Saint Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. While not mentioned in the Bible, stories of Anne and her husband Joachim are found in early Christian writings.
Devotion to St. Anne has been widespread throughout the world and many thousands of miraculous cures have been attributed to her wonder – working intercession.
She is often portrayed with the child Mary at her side holding a book and teaching her to read . In 1876 Pope Pius IX declared her as the Patroness of Canada.
Sunday, July 20
9:00 am Rosary: Pilgrims
10:30 am Mass and Children’s Program- Nakoda Sioux First Nations: Alexis and Paul Bands
3:00 pm Mass and Blessing of the Lake- Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan
6:30 pm Mass- Metis Nation