The diocese’s 71 World Youth Day pilgrims’ countdown to departure is reaching fever pitch with ‘D Day’ on Thursday 14 July. For 27 days, pilgrims – spanning a broad age range – will walk in the footsteps of the saints and then make their way to Krakow. Here they will join thousands of pilgrims from all over the world in welcoming Pope Francis and eagerly listening to his words.
This Sunday at the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the diocese’s 71 World Youth Day pilgrims will be blessed and commissioned by Dean of the Cathedral, Fr Andrew Doohan, and pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr Greg Barker, after their final formation and planning meeting.
Last night, with the wind raging outside, some words of the Divine Mercy Chaplet popped into my head. I had heard Fr Rob Galea’s version of this on Sunday at the formation session for World Youth Day pilgrims. The words, ‘For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world’, were the last thing I remember before falling asleep.