22 Jul 2016
Editor's blog WYD 2016
Days in the Diocese - Day 2
This will be a short installment tonight as we have to get up at 4.30am tomorrow to take the train to our starting point for a 17km walk to Czestochowa.
And it's been a long day today with worship in St Catherine's at 8.30am, a climb up the hill to St Dorothy's Church, built in 1382, to a very special Mass with our fellow pilgrims from Argentina, Ecuador, Lithuania, Czech Republic and France. Archbishop Wilson did us proud with his inspiring homily, translated into Polish by Fr Christopher from Yorketown, while Fr Charles read the Gospel with great passion.
We then walked down the hill a different way about 5kms to a local sporting complex where the different countries competed against each other in a variety of sporting games and activities. The Aussies were led admirably by soccer star MJ, but by far the loudest supporters were the Argentinians!
We went by bus to the local public school for lunch served by the teachers (even though it's school holidays) and finished the day with a concert featuring acts by the pilgrim groups. We Aussies did a splendid rendition of I Am Australian and took the audience on a tour of famous sites such as Kangaroo Island, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour Bridge with some brilliant mimicking of kangaroos, fish and some acrobatics to boot.
It was nice to mingle with young people from different countries - my favourite group were the Lithuanians who spoke excellent English and told us that their dream was to come to Australia one day. They were also very tall and I thought about recruiting a couple of them as ruckmen for the Crows!
Our incredibly hospitable hosts came to watch and after a much-needed shower we had supper, then wandered down the street to their friends (also pilgrim hosts) for some delicious barbecued sausages and pivo.
Posted by Jenny Brinkworth at 4:06am