Walking with the Lord
By Catholic Youth Parramatta Director Fr Suresh Kumar MSFS
Young people from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta have remembered Our Lord's suffering on the road to Calvary by taking part in a walk from Blacktown to Parramatta on Good Friday.
About 250 undertook the journey, which started with the Stations of the Cross in St Patrick's Parish Church in Blacktown at 11pm before the group made its way to St Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta.
A large wooden Cross led the whole procession which was carried by young people in turns. The young people were led by a group of leaders who were familiar with the route, with volunteers from Mt Druitt and Emerton Parish acting as marshalls to regulate the traffic.
The walkers stopped at the Parishes of Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Wentworthville, Westmead and North Parramatta, reflecting on two Stations of the Cross at each Parish. Local Parish Priests kept awake during the night and the small hours, to welcome the walkers and offer refreshments.
There was great enthusiasm along the way, with hymns, Rosaries and prayers for intercessions.When the group finished its walk at the Cathedral at around 6am on Holy Saturday, all were filled with a sense of achievement and fulfilment that they had done something for God.
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