Three of me as I arrived in SDC three times in June 2019.....Les Simons.
Thanks Les for sharing these three great moment with us!
St James Day 2021 ~ Sunday the 25th July
St James Feast Day is the 25th of July, as the 25th of July falls on a Sunday this year, this year is known as a Holy Year. It is also known as a Jacobean Year and Pilgrims can seek plenary indulgence at Santiago Cathedral. The original entrance to the Santiago Cathedral is also opened. This is known as the Holy Door. 

During the time around the 25th of July in Spain many celebrations take place with light shows, fireworks, signing, dancing and feasting and of course special services are held in the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

In 2019 we held the inaugural  Feast of St James dinner, hosted by Jerard and Enda, in Wentworth Falls, it was indeed a feast and a celebration. Sadly in 2020 we were unable to hold this event and with us currently in lockdown in NSW planning anything feels way to much of a challenge and would not be permitted given the current restrictions. We have instead asked our group for a thought, or a photo, on their arrival in Santiago and their first sighting of the Cathedral. We are also hosting a St James Day Zoom (Details Below).

If you would like to share your arrival at the Cathedral, email us HERE.
Join us on St James Day 2021
Via Zoom ~ Sunday the 25th July 4:00pm AEST
We will be hosting a Feast of St James Day Zoom on Sunday the 25th July at 4:00pm(AEST) to celebrate and share the Camino spirit on this special day from our own homes..

To get into the spirit of the day ~ prep some tapas, bake a Santiago Tart or mix up some sangria, wear your St James shell, hat or buff. Join us for a chat and informal get together.

Topic: St James Day Virtual Camino Meetup
Time: Jul 25, 2021 04:00 PM (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 810 4286 1477
More ways to connect with St James Day Activities...

You could also check out what is going on in Spain at around 6am on Sunday morning. Thanks to Wendy Mason-Smith from the CSJ for the following information about St James' Day. 

The St James' Day service in Santiago will be live-streamed by the Gallician TV service on The events go on for most of the day.

The main event in the Cathedral with military, royal and civil dignitary attendance in Plaza d'Obradoiro, is at midday, Spanish time (i.e. 8pm Sydney time). 

And just to whet your appetite, the website has a promo video for the fireworks - 10pm Saturday 24 July in Spain (i.e. 6am Sunday 25 July Sydney time)

Check it out HERE. 

Thank you to the Pilgrims or Sydney and Wendy Mason-Smith for this information.
From Top, Jenny Abraham, "I made it!. | Tess and Peter Abildgaard Oct 2018. |  Kerrie Mackaway-Girdo 3rd Nov 2019 |  Narelle Campbell Arriving in Santiago May 2nd 2018. Longing to return and experience that wonderful feeling of arriving again.
Ruchira Spong October 1, 2019
More about the Holy Year HERE.
A Sydney Walk ~
Pre current lockdown and in some glorious sun.
On Sunday13th June a group of 12 like minded walkers met at Circular Quay to join in on Day Two of the Bondi to Manly walk. After a ferry ride to Rose Bay and a coffee stop we headed out on a glorious sunny winters day to walk to Milsons Point. 

It was wonderful to explore parts of Sydney some of us had never seen and get to appreciate what a beautiful city we live in.

Morning Tea was in McKell Park in Darling Point and a picnic lunch was enjoyed at Mrs Macquarie's Point. We then ventured past our starting point before heading over the Bridge and a return home.
As always, a great day was had with lots of talking, sharing and laughter.

Day 3 is planned for Sunday 22 August. We will meet at Milson Point and walk about 20 km to The Spit. All are welcome to join us. 

Jenny Abraham
Our Next Event - Cancelled.
The Camino Training Walk scheduled for the 30th July is cancelled due to the current lockdown restrictions. 
We hope you are able to do some social distancing walks in your local area and we look forward to seeing you again when the current restrictions are lifted.
Please stay safe!
Calendar Of Events For 2021
SAVE these Saturday dates for 2021 Camino gatherings ~
28 August - To be advised
25 September - Blackheath 
30 October -  Blackheath
27 November - Blackheath
BLUE MOUNTAINS CAMINO 5-DAY WALK ~ Penrith to Blackheath.
Spring Walk - Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th of September. Now Fully Booked.
We hope you will join us in 2021.
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Badge
Our Blue Mountains Camino Supporters cloth badge are available to order or purchase from Margaret or one of the admin team at Camino Meetups and save on postage!  The badge measures 8cm in diameter. The cost is $10 per badge + $2 postage for up to 4 badges in an envelope.  
Please  EMAIL US  once you have made your payment.  Remember to put your name in the details field. Thank you.
Money can be deposited directly into our new Bendigo Bank account:

Name:      Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
BSB:        633-000
Account:  173070897
Once you have attached your cloth badge (with glue or stitched) onto your backpack or hat, etc why not take a photo and email it or post a comment on our Facebook page or Facebook group.
Acknowledging the badge design concept by Jill Day with final design by Chris Osborne for Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Be a part of Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Admin
We could always use your help!  Can you assist in some small way such as leading or sweeping a monthly Saturday morning walk or with the Camino Meetup, baking a Santiago Tart?  Or perhaps you have a suggestion for an event or training walk? Have you read a great book about the Camino or perhaps seen an inspiring movie or listened to a podcast about the Camino then please EMAIL US and let us know.
About Blue Mountains Camino Supporters.
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters is a community group run by volunteers, we aim to support those planning to start a Camino and Pilgrims who have returned from their Camino. By coming together regularly we hope to enable & encourage the Camino Spirit here in the Blue Mountains. We hold monthly Camino Training Walks and Meetups on the last Saturday of the month except December usually at Glenella in Blackheath, hosted by Margaret & Rowan Bouttell. Sharise Watson and Carlene Martin produce this Newsletter and manage the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Facebook Page. Kerrie Girdo and Carlene manage our Blue Mountains Camino Community forum on Facebook. Bob Girdo is our video recorder and editor.  Diane Cousins hosts the Camino Swap Table. Tony & Ce Jacques co-ordinate and host the Tapas dinners & Camino movie events.  Jerard & Enda Barry host an annual Feast of Saint James Dinner and host Pilgrims at their Pop-Up Albergue in Wentworth Falls by arrangement.  Our website is managed by Johann Saure and Carlene.  There is a dedicated team of volunteers who plan and organise the Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walks, monthly Training Walks and events.

The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters was founded in 2015 by Tony & Ce Jacques and Margaret & Rowan Bouttell.  

Blue Mountains Camino Supporters recognises that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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