Tuesday 2 August 2011

World Youth Day Pilgrims prepare for departure

Our 29 pilgrims to World Youth Day in Madrid are getting ready to set off next Monday. We will be spending some time in Barcelona and visiting the two Oratories there, as well as admiring the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, who was a Brother of the Secular Oratory, and whose Cause for canonization has been introduced.

Then we head for Madrid itself, where more pilgrims have registered than for any previous World Youth Day. There will be catechesis, visits to various pilgrimage sites and the Vocations Fair, the arrival of the Holy Father, Stations of the Cross through the streets of the city, featuring Holy Week statues from all over Spain, the Eucharistic Vigil with the Pope, using the enormous monstrance from Toledo Cathedral, and then finally the Sunday Mass with around two million people.

Then we shall go for three days to Avila, in the steps of St Teresa.

So please keep our pilgrims in your prayers. Thank you to all those who have generously sponsored us, and who supported the cake sale we held last Sunday as our final fundraising venture.