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7-WYD-SEND-OFF-MASS

Send-off for Scottish World Youth Day pilgrims

Archbishop Tartaglia celebrates Mass for Scottish youths attending World Youth Day in Rio

A send-off Mass for Scottish pilgrims attending the International World Youth Day gathering in Brazil was celebrated at the end of last month at St Francis Xavier’s Church in Falkirk.

Pope Francis will attend the 14th international World Youth Day gathering in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro later this month, and amongst the thousands of pilgrims joining the Holy Father in Brazil will be groups from across Scotland.

Send-off

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia led the send-off Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Church last month, at which Mgr Philip Kerr, parish priest, and members of the clergy were also present to bestow blessings on the pilgrims.

Amongst the Scottish pilgrims travelling to World Youth Day in Brazil are groups from Aberdeen, led by Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Glasgow University, Falkirk, Dumbarton and young adults from SSVP groups from across the country. During their time in South America, many of the Scottish pilgrims will work and spend time with church communities ahead of their arrival in Rio for the international gathering at the end of the month.

Mégan Buhrmann, a teacher from St Francis’ Primary School in Falkirk, is part of a group of pilgrims that will spend three weeks in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo, working in Scottish priest Fr Neil Crombie’s parish, before traveling to Rio with young Catholics from Brazil.

A group of 12 young Catholics and their two helpers will represent the Society of St Vincent de Paul, SSVP Scotland, in Rio.

Prior to the international World Youth Day gathering, the group will spend nine days with SSVP Rio—visiting and helping at a number of projects for families, the elderly and disadvantaged children—before travelling to the city of Belo Horizonte to take part in the Vincentian Family Gathering, at which around 3000 young Vincentians from around the world are expected to be in attendance.

—The 14th International World Youth Day gathering will take place in Rio de Janeiro from July 23-28

— martin@sconews.co.uk

—Full story available in the SCO this week

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