On Tuesday 7th of October all Syntax students departed CWC for Knock Co. Mayo at the early hour of 7:30 am along with Mr. Paul Mc Cormack, Mr. Tom Carroll and Ms. Anne-Marie Dolan. This journey was part of an extended invitation given to the 26 dioceses in Ireland.
The purpose of the KYG was to bring 3,500 young people to Knock on the feast of the Holy Rosary to celebrate and deepen their faith.
All elements of a pilgrimage were present at this event. It began with an address from the master of ceremonies, a young gentleman in his early twenties who gave witness to his own faith journey, followed by another testimony from a young Franciscan nun from New York. After lunch, the Stations of the Cross took place outside around the grounds of the shrine, followed by reconciliation.
Before the closing mass, Mickey Harte the Tyrone football manager shared his own personal faith journey and in particular how the rosary had played a significant role in his life especially in the most recent tragedy of his beloved daughter Michaela. He encouraged all transition year students present to hold on to their faith and their sense of identity.
The Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown, along with other visiting priests, celebrated the Mass.
After Mass, a YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church), rosary were collected by each of the teachers for their schools at the alter and given to their students, implied to act as a symbol of ‘handing on the faith’. As we left the Basilica of Knock, Mickey Harte recited the rosary.
A great day was had by all!
Role on KYG of 2015 where I have no doubt another tremendously rich and hope-filled day will be offered!
Ms Anne-Marie Dolan
Pastoral Assistant to the Headmaster