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 published: 2008-08-08

A visit from the Source

Looking back at the visit of German and Austrian World Youth Day pilgrims to Johannesburg

 

Deutsch und österreichische Weltjugendtagspilger vor dem Heiligtum in Johannesburg

Jovenes de Alemania frente del Santuario de Johannesburgo

German and Austrian World Youth Day pilgrims at the Shrine in Johannesburg

Deutsch und österreichische Weltjugendtagspilger vor dem Heiligtum in Johannesburg

 

Auf dem Weg zum Heiligtum

Rumbo al Santuario

On the way to the Shrine

Auf dem Weg zum Heiligtum

 
Heilige Messe im Heiligtum  

Santa Misa en el Santuario

Holy Mass in the Shrine

Heilige Messe im Heiligtum

 
Begegnungen  

Encuentros

Encounters

Begegnungen

 
Die zweite Gruppe  

El segundo grupo

The second group

Die zweite Gruppe

 
Gute Fahrt!  

Adios...

Bye...

Gute Fahrt!

Fotos: Sarah-Leah Pimentel © 2008

 
 

SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel. It was with great joy that the South African Schoenstatt Family in Johannesburg received two groups of German Schoenstatt Youth pilgrims on their way to World Youth Day in Sydney. On 5 July and again on 7 July, the German Youth and their backpacks found their way to our Shrine.

After picking them up at the airport on two chilly winters’ mornings and travelling to the Shrine in an old school bus, the groups were greeted with a warm breakfast. After breakfast, the Sisters and members of the local Schoenstatt Movement gave the groups a short talk on the origins of Schoenstatt in South Africa and the work that we do within parishes and the archdiocese of Johannesburg. On the 7th of July we had a little extra time to hear about the way in which the members of the German group live out their Covenant of Love. Their testimony reminded us that although we come from different countries and speak different languages, we all have one common goal, to live out our Covenant of Love for the Youth of the World, made on 10 August 2005 at the Youth Festival in Germany.

We are one family

Since time was short, the groups hurriedly prepared the readings and songs for Mass. It was wonderful to hear German being spoken in our little shrine and when the group burst into song after communion with "Dios te Salve Maria," the South Africans who were present joined in enthusiastically.

After Mass, there was just enough time for a few short conversations, a game or two and a hearty lunch, before the groups climbed back onto the bus that would take them to the airport and onto the next stop in their World Youth Day adventure.

Now, a month later, it is all over and the South African Schoenstatt Family hopes that the German youth had a wonderful time at WYD in Sydney and have hundreds of stories to tell their friends and families back home. Their stop in South Africa may have been short, but it was enough to restore old friendships, form new ones and be reminded once again that we are ONE FAMILY!

 


 

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