Monday, July 18, 2011

JTTF in St. Raphaels, Ontario


On Saturday morning, with Father Randy Hendrix, CC, new pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, and guided by Joe Healy, my excellent occasional driver, I went over to the JTTF gathering in the tent city set up next to the ruins of St. Raphael's Church in the diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall.

As often happens when there is in the same summer an edition of the World Youth Day, the numbers registered were down slightly, but there was great enthusiasm and the weather was superb, even if a bit on the hot side.

The morning began with Mass, at which special mention was made of the 60th anniversary of priestly ordination of Msgr. Donald B. McDougald, who was present and spoke briefly at the conclusion of the Eucharist.

There were excellent presentations, a delicious lunch and time for sports and interaction. The speakers too were top flight and engaging.

Here are some photos of the first part of the day:

Gathered for Mass

Tent for Mass, major assemblies


Legionnaries served the Mass

Concelebrants and other ministers of the altar



Msgr McDougald, 60 years a priest on May 19, 2011 


Many volunteers make JTTF hum




This and previous photos: time for conversations, games

Promoting Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, Barry's Bay

Ready to speak about vocations in service of the Church 

A Trio from Kemptville

Lunch outside in the sun...


The Mens' Session (simultaneous with the Women's Session)

One of the Confession Stations

Command Central: Parishioners Pray for the Participants
before the Blessed Sacrament

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