Choir-led pilgrimage to Central Europe inspires participants
Pilgrims pose for a photo in the Church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague, Czech Republic.
Participants of a recent pilgrimage led by the Emmanuel Choir of the Church of St Bernadette to four European countries were left in awe of how God has touched their lives.
From May 6-18, 31 pilgrims – made up of members of the choir and other ministries as well as parishioners of other churches – travelled to Poland, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.
They visited places such as the Infant Jesus shrine in Prague; the Weeping Madonna in Vienna; the murals in St Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary; the largest Nazi concentration camp at Austchwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Musuem; and Krakow, the birth place of St John Paul II.
Also of significance during the pilgrimage was the final day’s Mass at the Church of our Lady Victorious in the Czech Republic.
In total, the pilgrims travelled across 14 cities and towns.
Mr Patrick Cheah, 62, said it was an amazing experience attending Mass at the The Holy Cross Chapel 130 m below ground level inside a salt mine in Wieliczka, Poland.
Ms Joyce Poon, 43, was in awe as she visited the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland, as it was where the Divine Mercy originated. She said she felt very touched by how God has shown His mercy to the world through the Divine Mercy prayers.
Mr Robert Tan, 52, said, “This pilgrimage has taught me to live as a community of love and opened my eyes to true fellowship with God and my brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Franciscan Fr Martin Low, spiritual director for the pilgrimage, shared, “Visiting the Shrines of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed into Heaven [in Budapest, Hungary] and Our Lady of Czestochowa [in Poland] affirmed my devotion to the perfect Mother of all.”