WYD is officially OPENED!
In the heat of the day, we gathered together near to Blonia Park. The morning had been time for all to explore the many vocation stands at the local fair, including The England and Wales Vocation Office.
Vocations is something all are being asked to listen and reflect on. Whether that be a vocation to single life, marriage, priesthood or religious life. For some, hearing Gods voice may be clear, and they know the next steps to take, some will know the aim but not how to get there and others, are walking in the midst and listening hard to hear their calling.
Once all together, we headed to our section in the park (aka our pen), where we would await the ceremony. Camped out waiting, we continued in our fellowship, making friends from all over the world.
Unfortunately the rain came down, but as a gift from above maybe? Take a look at one of our Pilgrims images, what do you see?!
The opening ceremony was fantastic, seeing Bishop Philip and Father PJ on the big screens, along with a beautiful setting and atmosphere. It was certainly a day to be Catholic.
During Mass (the opening mass on Tuesday – not attended by the Holy Father) we were encouraged to take up the challenge together, to be open to what’s next in our lives. To try to not form our own ideas or decide ourselves what we want next but discern and listen to what God wants for us. The advice to us being, do not think about what you could take from WYD, but focus on being open and engaging at World Youth Day 2016, to reap the most reward.