WOWZERS. Our pilgrimage is almost upon us, where the heck has time went?
Today I want to share with you some interesting tid-bits we have come across...
This first one is SO cool. I was shown this by one of our Archdiocesan representatives from the youth ministry office. It is a link that lets you get a bird' eye view of different spots all round Rio de Janeiro...including Christ the Redeemer. Take a 'virtual' look at some the beauty we will get to see and experience while in Rio...and the fun jazz dancing music in the background makes it even more enjoyable too! ;-) http://www.airpano.ru/files/Brasil-Rio-de-Janeiro/2-2
I'm sure most of heard that last Friday Pope Francis released the new encyclical "Light of Faith." Read below, as he mentions those pilgrims who are traveling to World Youth Day in Rio in the coming days:
From Paragraph 53: “Young people in particular, who are going through a period in their lives which is so complex, rich and important for their faith, ought to feel the constant closeness and support of their families and the Church in their journey of faith. We have all seen, during World Youth Days, the joy that young people show in their faith and their desire for an ever more solid and generous life of faith. Young people want to live life to the fullest. Encountering Christ, letting themselves be caught up in and guided by his love, enlarges the horizons of existence, gives it a firm hope which will not disappoint. Faith is no refuge for the fainthearted, but something which enhances our lives. It makes us aware of a magnificent calling, the vocation of love. It assures us that this love is trustworthy and worth embracing, for it is based on God’s faithfulness which is stronger than our every weakness.”
Our group of pilgrims is very excited to purchase some official WYD memento's. I was really excited when I say this article so we can start getting idea's of what kinds of things we can bring home to share with the folks at Holy Family. http://www.rio2013.com/en/news/details/2675/main-events-to-feature-official-wyd-merchandise-for-purchase
Upon our arrival in Rio, each of our pilgrims will receive a pilgrim pack with some official WYD goodies including: a liturgy/prayer guide, cross, hat, backpack, t-shirt, and more...we just found a picture of what some of the things we'll be receiving!
If you are looking for ways to follow all the highlights and exciting events of World Youth Day, be sure to follow some of these links:
If you're on Facebook, check out the page "World Youth Day Rio 2013" and LIKE it https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Youth-Day-Rio-2013/260042284024040?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/worldyouthday?fref=ts
This website will have live streaming of all official WYD events you won't want to miss! http://www.xt3.com/wyd2013/webcast.php
Please let us know of your prayer intentions we can take with us to offer up prayers and sacrifices for on our journey throughout Brazil.
We are excited to proudly represent Holy Family parish as well as the Archdiocese of Detroit in Brazil...who knows, maybe we'll get a chance to put in a good word for you all with Pope Francis?? ;-)