Good Friday ‘Walk and Talk with the Lord’
|Good Friday Walk pilgrims with Bishop Anthony at St Patrick's Cathedral.|
By Annabelle Bhandoo, Catholic Youth Parramatta
The Good Friday Night Walk took place for the second time in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta on the evening of 6 April.
About 800 people took part in this year’s walk, which was organised by Catholic Youth Parramatta (CYP), the Diocesan Youth Office.
The walk started at 11pm from St Patrick’s Church in Blacktown, visited five other Catholic churches on the way, and culminated at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta early on Saturday morning: a journey of more than 20km.
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP joined us for parts of the walk and was happy to see so many young people take part. Bishop Anthony walked with the young people and met many from across the Diocese and beyond. The focus of the Walk was on Jesus – a few hours earlier we had commemorated His death and we were waiting to celebrate His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Hymns, reflection and prayer
The 14 Stations of the Cross where one of the highlights of the walk. The first two Stations were prayed at St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown, the next two Stations were prayed at the next church, and so forth. We completed the Stations at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.
At the head of the walk was a cross carried by different youth groups along the way. People sang hymns, took time out for silent reflection and prayer.
Arriving at the Cathedral was an achievement, and people were cheerful and excited! Several participants said that although they were somewhat tired (understandably), this experience was ‘cool’ and has inspired them in their faith.
It’s something out of the ordinary to walk all night; it was fun and it helped them focus on God and reflect on their life.
CYP would like to thank the Parish Priests of Blacktown, Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Wentworthville, Westmead, North Parramatta and Parramatta for their support.
They gladly opened their churches for us and, with volunteers, provided refreshments that helped us to soldier on. Thank you also to ‘Youthworks’, the youth group at St Andrew the Apostle Parish in Marayong who did a marvellous job as marshals; to Fr Pat Mullins SJ from Holy Family Parish at Emerton who accompanied us with the bus in case of an emergency; all the first aid volunteers and all who helped in so many ways way during this event.Participants were glad that they took part and look forward to joining the Walk again on Good Friday next year. Looking at the success of this event, ‘Walk and Talk with the Lord’ looks to be a permanent fixture in the diocesan calendar!
Go to Good Friday Walk Photo Gallery at the Catholic Youth Parramatta site
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