Pilgrims taking part in praise and worship during the May 7 special preparation for World Youth Day.Pilgrims taking part in praise and worship during the May 7 special preparation for World Youth Day.

Young pilgrims from all over Singapore came together at the Office for Young People for a time of spiritual preparation for World Youth Day (WYD) on May 7.

The event was the second such session organised for those travelling to Poland for WYD.

Archbishop William Goh will be one of the pilgrims.

During the May 7 event, sharings were conducted within groups which would be journeying together at WYD. Representatives of the Polish Embassy and Consulate also came to share about Poland and its culture.

Participants learnt about the Catholic history of Poland, its saints and the impact of the Divine Mercy devotion, which spread all over Poland and became a source of strength and inspiration for many people.

This was followed by a time of adoration where pilgrims prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet, and also reflected on the history of Poland.

After the event, pilgrims shared how they were looking forward to attending WYD.

Darren Chew from the Church of St Bernadette said: “This is my first World Youth Day. Honestly, I am feeling nervous and uncertain about what may happen throughout the trip as we’re travelling miles away from home, but knowing that this pilgrimage would deepen my faith journey and being with my fellow pilgrims around the world fills me with much hope and gives me great pride to be a Catholic.”

Jane Quek from the Church of the Holy Family said “the pilgrimage ... will be a first on many levels: First World Youth Day experience, first time in Poland, and a first pilgrimage trip with OYP, led by Archbishop William Goh. That makes the trip beyond special!”

By Martin Chee

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