A warm welcome was extended to about 400 pilgrims from Johannesburg by parishes throughout Kwa Zulu Natal.
The Johannesburg pilgrims are by far the biggest group and were split into small groups for feasibility and smooth operation purposes. There was a long bus drive which was highlighted with a stop at the Marianhill Monastery where a Mass was celebrated by Fr Kevin Mapsumo CMM.
The liturgy was animated by the energetic and angelic voices of young people from St Philip Neri, Moletsane. Fr Kevin applauded the group after Mass and said their singing during Mass helped him to have a different encounter with God. Pilgrims were bussed to their respective dioceses where they are currently hosted by families. Today our programme started with Mass at St Anne’s, Umzinto.
We then visited the old and frail in the community, as part of our works of mercy, as encouraged by Pope Francis. All the families we visited were presented with grocery hampers from pilgrims and clothing that were collected by local youth when they were preparing for this occasion. We headed back to the parish after the mission where we were served with a scrumptious lunch. Rev Deacon, Sibusiso Mkhize led a catechesis session for all the pilgrims where they were taught about the sacrament of marriage and why it is important to discern with your partner and deliberate on serious matters, especially around culture and faith differences before tying the knot. References of what the Church outlines according to the Canon Law were also outlined.
Kati Dijane, one of the pilgrims from St Nicholas in Daveyton described her experience as “spiritually fulfilling, because I was reminded of how fortunate I am for my health and was reminded that we should always count our blessings because other people are not as fortunate as we are.”
“Our group is a lovely bunch and I hope that going back home we’ll still maintain the friendship,” she added.
Lebo WA Majahe