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Another day, another dollar. After a fantastic night’s sleep in mine ans Luke’s host family’s house, we headed on the road for Westminster. When we arrived, we were greeted by Donny B, so we lined up to walk in with him. Following us were eager pilgrims, flocking like sheep to their shepherd. The crowding, however, became overwhelming, so much so that we had to give DB a little break and cover him whilst we set up the Pilgrimage Experience.

The day continued and thousands flocked into the cathedral. 5:30pm came and so, too, did Latin mass; for those who know me, I don’t do Latin, but seeing pilgrims and parishioners alike celebrating Christ and Donny B in our lives moved me that little bit.

Final Liturgy again was amazing, the sounds of everyone singing was great. Day ten tomorrow, starting at 8:00am for pilgrims, that means a 6:30am start for us! Mass with the bishop at 2, then we leave for Southwark and a meal with our host community!

 

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Another day of smiling faces, this time in welsh Wales. The promise of the day was that it was going to be a quiet one with only a handful of pilgrims in at anyone time…oh were we wrong! As soon as the doors opened, 4 schools groups came walking through the doors, it was GREAT!! 

My group were from Archbishop McGrath, a great group of kids who were not afraid to ask questions and get up close and personal with Donny B. David told us in debrief that without knowing it we brought the oratory to Wales. 

Mass started our afternoon, again another great Mass. Lunch came and so too did the Bishop, he came and had lunch with us which is something that really did strike me…a Bishop having lunch with crew…amazing. My SOJ (source of joy) today though has to be the message two young people told David, that really has made me start to think…great day. London tomorrow!

 

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First day in Birmingham and what a day it was! Leaving Savio House at 6am in the morning to travel south, it’s good that we all love Donny B, but faces (especially mine) that early are not pretty.

We arrived at the beautiful St Chads and as we walked into the cathedral, everything had been set up for us by the tech team and Gerry, Steve and Martin.

The morning was very much all hands on deck as Birmingham Catholic Youth Service had arranged for 17 primary schools to come on the Pilgrimage Experience. Lunchtime came at the same time as Mass; when Sue came and told me to have lunch during Mass I was shocked…but by that time I was starving as I was late up this morning ooops!

The afternoon brought a calmer setting as we only had one High School, our good friends, All Saints. Then the Prayer Vigil started; about 5mins before the start, Gill came to me and asked whether I would mind giving a short testimony about my experience with the Salesians. You can imagine how nervous I was, but I did it.

Day off tomorrow, I cannot wait.

 

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Final day in Liverpool, what can I say, one of the best days so far I must say…. 2000 young people pasted through the cathedral doors plus another 1500 pilgrims who just wanted to come and celebrate Don Bosco’s life. It was so uplifting for me to be able to talk about Don Bosco with the young people from both my schools - Savio Salesian College and All Saints Primary, seeing their smiling face as we played around in the cathedral with spinney plates, diablo and showing them magic tricks.

We finished the day with, of course, Mass, which again was well-attended; main celebrant was Bishop Tom and the Bishop of Middlesbrough also preached the homily. He spoke about the goodness of Don Bosco in people’s lives and the greatness of the Salesian family today.

And finally at the end of Mass, the road crew led Don Bosco out of the cathedral and formed a line to cheer him off; it brought tears to many of the teams’ eyes, and also the visiting Priests’. VIVA DON BOSCO!!!

6am start to Birmingham tomorrow!

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