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Pilgrims join East Anglia World Youth Day reunion

A reunion for World Youth Day pilgrims who went to Portugal this summer was held in Poringland recently, reports Alexander Thanickal.

The evening, on October 21, started in Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Poringland where there was praise and worship music followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Collins.

The celebrations continued as everybody gathered in the Bishop’s lounge in the White House where we ate pizza and had a real moment to catch up.

There was then time for many to look back and share their World Youth Day experiences with the group, their highlights and how it may have made an impact in their life since coming back.

After reflection and fellowship we then convened back in the church for an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament whilst Fr Peter Wygnanski and Hamish MacQueen led us in some worship music. The group were then blessed to have the opportunity to stay overnight in the Diocesan offices and some even got the privilege of crashing out in the Bishop’s lounge.

Overall, it was a joyful experience to catch up with all our friends and reminisce about the highlights of our summer trip and reflect on the fruits that came from it.

Pictured above, BIshop Peter chats to WYD pilgrims.