Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 29, 2002
Day's in the Diocese bursts out
WYD youths' joy prompts dancing and singing in the midst of Mass
By RENATO GANDIA
"It felt like we have one huge world community,"
- Theresa Marois
The experiences are like "steppingstones for the future to know (his) role in the community and in the Church."
Theresa Marois, 60, from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, was just accompanying her children and grandchildren to this Days in the Diocese. But her faith was also uplifted.
"Everybody talks to everyone. It felt like we have one huge world community," Marois said.
Joy was spilling everywhere she turned and in that joy she saw faith from the people. "It makes you realize what your faith is and what it should be. When you walk in a space with tons of people celebrating their faith, it's really powerful."
Together with 17 others from the Edmonton Archdiocese, Our Lady of Peace Parish in Niagara hosted Sparshu and Marois.
Fabiola Forcier, 31, from St. Michael's Parish, said, "We thought we were staying in the church basement, but we got homes. They've been really nice."
Tamara Mundy agreed. "The people here are amazing, very welcoming, very friendly. They opened their homes with open arms."
Mundy, who was in WYD Rome 2002, enjoyed her experiences of Days in the Diocese in Naples. Niagara is also unforgettable for her. "It's such a great time to meet one-on-one with other pilgrims. You can't do that in Toronto. During the Days in the Diocese, you can actually meet people from other countries."
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