JOURNEY TO THE FATHER
ST. RAPHAELS, ON
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