Young People Begin Summer of WYD Events

Bishop Tom Williams celebrated an open air Mass with Liverpool's World Youth Day and Lourdes Youth Pilgrims before they head off to Rio and Lourdes later this month.  The Mass on Sunday was in the grounds of Lowe House Church, St Helens; the home of Animate Youth Ministries.

Before the Mass the 40 World Youth Day pilgrims, who will begin their journey to Rio on Wednesday 17 July, held their final preparatory meeting. During their pilgrimage they will celebrate the Way of the Cross with Pope Francis on Copacabana beach and together with up to three million other young people from across the world will take
part in Mass with Pope Francis on the morning of Sunday 28 July.

The first four days of their pilgrimage will be spent in the Archdiocese of Niteroi close to Rio de Janeiro, where they will stay with local families and take part in Church and community activities.

On Thursday 25 July nine coaches will leave the Archdiocese for the French Shrine of Lourdes carrying over 400 young people to work with the sick pilgrims during the annual Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The journeys of faith are the culmination of many months of hard work and preparation for the young people who have washed cars and spent a great deal of time and effort in fund raising.

In commissioning them for their journeys Bishop Tom Williams referred to the Gospel of the day which gave the account of Jesus sending out the disciples. He told the young people that they travel in the name of the Archdiocese of Liverpool to bring the good news of the Gospel to those they will meet from throughout the world. He concluded the Mass by wishing them good luck and safe journeys.

Both pilgrimages can be followed through the Archdiocese of Liverpool website:  http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/ and through the Animate Youth Ministries website:  http://www.animateyouth.org/

In addition the World Youth Day pilgrims have a blog: http://www.liverpoolpilgrim.wordpress.com/

Source: Archdiocese of Liverpool

 

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