Between July 19-21, 2019, the Immaculate Conception Church in Post Falls, ID held its 19th Annual pilgrimage to the Sacred Heart Mission in Cataldo.
With more than 300 pilgrims on hand for the final Mass, the 2019 pilgrimage was led by Fr. Patrick Crane. The pilgrimage’s theme was reparation for the sin of abortion.
For nearly 20 years, men, women, and children of all ages have gathered in Post Falls during the month of July to give honor to God and profess their Catholic Faith by journeying over 50 miles, through heat, rain, and even snow, culminating the pilgrimage with a solemn high traditional Latin Mass in the oldest Catholic Mission in Idaho: The Sacred Heart Mission of the Coeur d'Alene.
Constructed between 1850 and 1853, the Jesuit-run Mission is the successor to the original Mission of St. Joe that was founded in 1844 but suffered from frequent flooding. The site for the new mission, the Mission of the Sacred Heart, was atop a grassy hill along the Coeur d'Alene River, its present location. The new mission was designed by an Italian priest who wanted it to resemble the beautiful cathedrals of Italy.
For over a decade, the Mission was the primary place of worship for the native Coeur d'Alene tribe and a waypoint for travelers making their way to the Pacific Northwest. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and the surrounding area was turned into an Idaho state park in 1975.