WYD 2016 Day 5 - 21/07/16 - Pilgrimage one farewells the Philippines

25/7/2016
Pilgrimage One farewells the Philippines
Pilgrimage One farewells the Philippines

Today was a chance for our pilgrims to reflect on a job well done as they headed out to their schools for the last time. At Christ the King Academy, Antequerra, pilgrims had the satisfaction of finishing off the walls and fences they had helped construct and paint. At Sacred Heart Academy in Loon, pilgrims were proud of the fence they constructed and trees they planted around the perimeter of the school site.

As well as reflecting on what had been achieved this week, today was also a chance for pilgrims to reflect on the relationships they had formed with the students at these schools in such a short amount of time. For many, it was an emotional experience to see the gratitude and friendship of the students in the many farewell assemblies and celebrations that were held. Our pilgrims have learnt much about mercy, compassion and generosity from these students and teachers.

Pilgrimage One farewells the Philippines
Pilgrimage One farewells the Philippines


Some of our pilgrims attended the Opening and Blessing of the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Learning Centre in Loon. This was built through funds raised from efforts of the Diocese of Parramatta and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta in collaboration with business. Blessed by the Bishop of Tagbilaran, the Most Rev Leonardo Y Medrosa, Fr Chris de Souza and Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Schools also attended and were honoured to help officially open the learning centre.

Pilgrims ended their day by celebrating Mass at St Augustine’s Church and a Cultural Encounter and Fellowship Dinner hosted by the Diocese of Tagbilaran. Pilgrims celebrated the week that was and although sad to be leaving, are looking forward to what’s to come in Krakow!
Posted By Natasha Borg at 25/07/2016 4:43:01 PM
 
   
  
 

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