News from ‘All Around:
The Pilgrimage was on Saturday. The Catholic Review had great coverage…
BALTIMORE, MD — The rain that overwhelmed the 2011 Youth and Young Adult Pilgrimage in in Baltimore City could easily have deterred hundreds, such as Rebekah Bateman, from doing it again.
“I came here and it was pouring down raining,” recalled Bateman, a high school-aged parishioner of St. Stephen in Bradshaw, who attended last year. “I figure if I can endure that, I can come back and do it even better this year. We just can’t wait to get going and get walking.”
Led by Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, that’s exactly what happened March 31. Using the theme “Occupy Passion/Manifestar A Cristo,” the annual pilgrimage attracted young Maryland Catholics eager to share their faith.
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ROME, ITA — If someone asks what World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro will be like, the event’s organizers believe they have the perfect answer – the open arms of the city’s famous statue of Christ the Redeemer.
“Looking at the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado we can see the essence of World Youth Day: Christ is with open arms in a gesture of love and welcome, the true center of this event, he is what young people want to find,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on March 29.
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News from ‘Round Here:
A successful end of the last week led into continued strong efforts early in the week. Monday’s primary task was to edit up the pilgrimage worship aid. Got to this after starting work late die to an airport pick-up with the daughters, but did get it done. Worked on budget stuff on the side.
Tuesday I had supervision with all the ladies and sent off Ann Marie as she left for a medical leave. A budget meeting was had, edits were made to the Pilgrimage book, a draft of a parent newsletter was developed, and I got very excited about the potential BYCC theme reported from the committee’s meeting the previous evening, and a Re:Build conference call. Work finished with a Sam’s Club run for Pilgrimage snackage and an evening consultation as a friend prepared their own performance appraisal.
Wednesday, we continue to plug along on Pilgrimage preparation and there was a meeting regarding the language of the “consolidated report” survey in the afternoon… (Yes, my job is sometimes that exciting!) The late afternoon involved dinner with a friend who smile through my story-telling. Thursday was Pilgrimage packing day, which involved some personal bi-location as there was also a Mid-Atlantic Congress evaluation meeting. In the evening, youngest daughter and long-time Pilgrimage-r Meghan arrive at the airport.
Friday early morning was spent balancing a budget meeting with calls from vendors placing stages and port-a-potties out for the pilgrimage. We send an e-mail outlining our plans for a clear day and a rainy day and then offered a prayer to God. Meanwhile, we’re a little jazzed by what our November youth conference (BYCC) folks are proposing for a theme. Cool, thoughtful, and spiritually challenging! All the while, we hosted two busloads of pilgrims in from Pittsburgh who were touring the basilica and CRS.
There was a lot of resting on Sunday occurring along with some spring cleaning / blogging. Meghan and I played some cards (I lost) and then I had the pleasure of dinner company with four lovely vivacious women.