Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes

Field trip to Cook’s Creek

On Tuesday, June 23rd, the Gr. 6 Religion class, headed out of town to Cook’s Creek, to participate in a Religion Assessment. 

We had a great bus ride out of town, and when we arrived at our destination, students were excited to see the Ukrainian Catholic Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes! 

CC1Our tour guide Gerry Palidwar, welcomed us, and after a picture on the front steps of the church, led us inside the beautiful church!  He shared some of the history of the church, which students found interesting, especially when they learned that the entire church had been built by hand, with no machinery, and that it took 22 years to complete!

After finishing visiting and learning about the church, we headed outside to take a look at The Grotto.  Everyone was amazed at how big it was, and enjoyed taking time to explore.  After that, we headed down a path which led us through the forest, and ended up at the cemetery. 

CC2We then had fun with our picnic lunch, and had some time to run around the field and play. 

After we were done, we were getting ready to leave, when Gerry surprised us and said that we could all take turns ringing the 3 church bells!  This was pretty exciting because Maria, (the biggest bell), took 6 students to ring! 

We headed back to Winnipeg after a pretty incredible experience.  While sharing popsicles back at school, we agreed that we all wanted to go back again because it was such a great day!

Contributed by  Tammy Narynski