1. Well-used, broken-in footwear is recommended. It's a good idea to double up on socks to reduce the likelihood of
blisters; that's what the guy at the front does.
2. Very basic (but good) meals are provided. They consist of bread
with jam etc. and coffee or hot chocolate at breakfast; bread and water at lunch; the ame at dinner, plus hot soup. If you
want, bring trail mix, granola bars
and other energy food to fill the gap and share with others. Please do not bring any
food that requires heating; there are no cooking facilities for individuals.
3. Ample bottled water is included
but you may wish to bring a few juice boxes and/or Gatorade.
4. Bring an insulated mug or thermos to hold hot beverages
in the morning and soup in the evening.
5. Your heavy luggage, such as tents, sleeping bags, and duffel bags
with clothing, will be moved by a truck driven by the Worker Pilgrims of the St. Joseph Chapter.
6. Some pilgrims like
to have a day pack (small backpack) in which to carry sunscreen, a hat, a poncho or rainjacket, and an extra bottle of water.
It should be as light as possible since you will carry it all day.
7. The only banners permitted are those with a patron
saint or parish symbol. No slogans, signs, or 'organizational' banners are allowed.
8. You will be provided with a
booklet containing the Mass with propers for the three days. No need to bring a Missal.
9. The spirit of pilgrimage:
Your Chapter will be your "family" for the three-day walk. Each pilgrim marches, sings and prays with as much fortitude as
personal stamina will allow, maintaining appropriate decorum and deportment throughout. In the spirit of sacrifice and of
charity you are urged to be attentive to your fellow pilgrims, assisting and encouraging those who are suffering, discouraged
or more weary than yourself.