Thursday, June 27, 2013

Local Preparations

When we all gathered in Cheyenne on Wednesday evening, the first thing we did was pray Night Prayer and have confessions. We're starting this trip off right. On Thursday morning we began with Morning Prayer and then we had a catechesis from Bishop Etienne. Prayer and catechesis, learning and growing in our faith, will be pillars of this trip. As the kids fundraised for the past year and a half, it was drilled into them that this is not a vacation, that they will be tired every day. A pilgrimage is a time to grow closer to God, and that doesn't happen without challenges.

After the catechesis we moved to the Cathedral, the heart of our own diocese, for an initial mass before we travel to Rome, the heart of the whole Church. This was actually Bishop Etienne's 21st anniversary of priestly ordination, and he gave a moving reflection on his time as a priest. After a quick lunch, we loaded up the charter busses to take us to Denver International Airport.

On the bus, no surprise here, more prayer, as we prayed a rosary to start our time on the road.

Our plane leaves at about 5:30 this evening for an eight hour flight to Frankfurt. Pray for safe travels for us, the next post should be from Europe!

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