CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 22 September 2018

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A new concept of pilgrimage

This summer I joined a the pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey organised by the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Tai Po, with Father Paul Tam Wing-ming as our spiritual director. The tour was a combination of St. Paul’s route, as well as St. John’s.

Before departure at 23.20, Father Tam celebrated a Mass with us in the prayer room at the airport in Hong Kong. We implored to St. Anthony to be our patron saint and one member had already offered a Mass intention for this pilgrimage. We were grateful for her thoughtfulness in ensuring our journey was full of blessing and grace.

In 15 days we managed to celebrate 15 Masses; seven in Catholic churches, three in open areas (Holy Trinity Monastery of Meteora, Ancient Corinth and a garden outside St. John’s Cave on Patmos Island), three in hotels and two at the airport in Hong Kong.

Every day Father Tam led the divine office and rosary in song. We sang in holiness, solemnity and at a slow tempo, which provided ample space for contemplation.

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