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Week of April 17, 2006
Youth bound for Quebec warm-up
Travelling ark to collect people's prayers
By BILL GLEN
"Cardinal Ouellet . . . hopes (youth) will play an important part in the Eucharistic Congress,"
- Andrew Papenbrock
The youth summit will coincide with the arrival of the Ark of the New Covenant from Rome. Pope Benedict XVI will bless the ark on May 11-12 when the Quebec bishops make their ad limina visits to the Vatican.
The ark, in the form of a ship, is a chest covered with iconic images related to the Eucharist.
A draft itinerary has been proposed for the ark to tour Canada. The itinerary will be refined based on requests received from different dioceses. As it travels across Canada, people will be able to deposit written prayers and reflections inside a box.
The pilgrimage will begin in Quebec following the youth summit and in January 2007, it will set out across the country. Western Canada has been tentatively pencilled in sometime between May and August 2007.
The pilgrimage will return to Quebec City in time for the International Eucharistic Congress, where some 20,000 are expected to gather.
Rouleau was chosen because he is a seminarian, bilingual and worked at the national office in Toronto during World Youth Day 2002. He will speak to the francophone community in the archdiocese when he returns from the summit.
A gifted public speaker, Jamieson has assisted the archdiocese in several programs, including the inaugural Theology on Tap. She is an active member of the basilica parish.
"Following the youth summit, we will come back to our own parishes to prepare people for the Eucharistic Congress," said Rouleau, 29, a fourth year student at St. Joseph's Seminary.
Jamieson, 33, works in recreational therapy under the Capital Health umbrella. She attended World Youth Day in Toronto and Germany.
"It was great to experience the numbers and magnitude of Catholics around the world," she said. "I hope that with the information we bring back with us, as a group we go forth. It's very exciting. It is always nice to partake in something."
When Rouleau and Jamieson return from the summit, they will tell the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council of their experiences during the summit and how to make a formal application to have the ark come to Edmonton.
Papenbrock anticipates the ark will make its way through the archdiocese.
"We are taking this on as a whole diocese," he said.
"We are hoping to get numerous representatives from the parishes involved with the pilgrimage and to support the Eucharistic Congress. Maybe we can reach out to the youth and young adults who can make it to Quebec but who can't make the long journey to Sydney (World Youth Day 2008)."
The International Eucharistic Congress will be held June 15-22, 2008. The congress website is at www.cei2008.ca.
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