After Mass, many parishioners had an opportunity to venerate the Cross before a lively youth event featuring great music.
Kate Anderton, who is from our deanery, and Jeff, one of the JCI travelling team members, gave talks about their own personal pilgrimage at WYD in Germany and what lies ahead for those of us who will travel to WYD in Sydney next year.
The young (and some not-so-young) people present had the chance to make a commitment to WYD08 and beyond by writing their names on pieces of fabric that were tied to a rope that was then wrapped around the Cross.
There was another time of veneration which allowed many young people to touch the Cross and take away one of the little Crosses as a memento.
The final part of the night was a taize prayer session, led by Fr Francis Ngyuen, which was a very peaceful and reflective way to end a night of so many different powerful experiences.
Overall, I think the thing that sticks out most in my mind is the power of the Cross to bring together so many people of different ages and from different backgrounds.
Whether you’re old, young or in between, the Cross transcends all boundaries and gives us all a common focus and source of strength for our own journey through life.
To be able to share in a small way in carrying the Cross in Christ’s footsteps was also an amazing experience, one that will stay with me for life.
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