Thursday 14 July had been looming large in the minds of the 71 diocesan WYD pilgrims for some time. We had gathered numerous times to prepare for this journey and suddenly the day that had seemed so far away was here.
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.