Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 29, 2002
History comes alive for pilgrims
Alberta youth find truth in London's Days in the Diocese
By RENATO GANDIA
"I think he was following the footsteps of Jesus in a major way."
- Sabrina Chartrand
Lisa Gelberland, St. Joseph's WYD coordinator, was jubilant with this visit from the Albertans.
"It's really a true Christian spirit shown here. Throughout the whole city, (people) have been working hard the whole year to prepare for the WYD and for welcoming our Albertan visitors."
The pilgrims welcomed the Ontario parish's warm-hearted hospitality.
Kelly Henderson of Cold Lake reported, "The host families were awesome. When we came in, they were excitedly waving their arms."
Although she had only spent less than one day in the parish, her first impression was "it is a great parish. I think we're all in the same boat. We're all together.
"We're all here for the same purpose. You can just feel faith around everybody."
Janelle Laramee, 16, from Bonnyville agreed. "It's neat to see how other Catholics live in other places. They are pretty much the same like in my home parish."
The pilgrims also spent time in Walpole Island pow wow grounds and went swing dancing with a Christian band later in the evening. Before going to Toronto, they stopped in London to meet with pilgrims from other countries.
On July 22, retired Bishop John Sherlock celebrated a Mass in London for Days in the Diocese attended by 24,000 people.
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