IHMC pilgrims prepare for World Youth Day

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By Kirsten Laskey

World Youth Day is a touching experience for those have participated in the event.

Toni Rogers, a volunteer at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and a participant of World Youth Day when it was held in Denver, remembers young people cheering for the Pope like he was a rock star and a group of cardinals doing the wave in the auditorium stands.

“It’s really, really touching,” Rogers said. “It’s a lot of prayer and sharing with each other about their faith.”

She added, “It really, really made a lasting impact.”

World Youth Day, which is held every three years, will occur in Sydney, Australia, and a new group of pilgrims from the Catholic Church are working to experience this significant impact for themselves.

Eleven of 23 pilgrims are relying on fundraising to pay for the trip. So far, Assistant Youth Minister Cathy Kohlrust said, these pilgrims, who are in high school, have raised a total of $23,000.

“Many of them have fundraised most of their trip costs,” she said.

Money is being raised through graduation balloon bouquets, which are on sale today; admission fees to the Los Alamos Big Band Dance, which will also be held today; and breakfast burrito sales.

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