MORE than 25 World Youth Day pilgrims from around the country have been able to attend the celebrations in Toronto, Canada, thanks to the generosity of Service Corporation International Australia (SCIA).
SCIA is a provider of funeral, cemetery and crematorium services throughout Australia. Associated companies in Brisbane are George Hartnett Funerals and in Sydney, White Lady Funerals, Sydney Funeral Services and Simplicity Funerals.
SCIA chief executive officer Richard Davis said ‘we are proud to continue our support of the Catholic Church in making it possible for Australian pilgrims to take part in the World Youth Day’.
‘Our involvement is being driven by our staff, who recognise the significance of this religious event.
‘We wish all (WYD) participants a memorable and uplifting journey as they enjoy the celebrations,’ Mr Davis said.
Harvest Pilgrimages managing director Phillip Ryall said on behalf of the National WYD Committee the donations bridged the financial gap experienced by many pilgrims.
‘Events like WYD form the building blocks of new ministries, creative thought and growth in the Church for the present and future,’ he said.
‘The stories and testimonials that will flow from these pilgrimages give rise to an appreciation of the generosity of SCIA.’
Pilgrims from the archdiocese of Sydney were commissioned at a Mass on Sunday July 7.
Pilgrims receiving the welcome financial boost are from areas including Armidale, Broome, Broken Bay, Canberra-Goulburn, Darwin, Hobart, Lismore, Parramatta, Wagga Wagga, Perth and Port Pirie.
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