In just over a month, more than 100 young people from Ottawa will fly to Madrid, Spain to join hundreds of thousands of others from almost every country on the planet for the 26th edition of World Youth Day. On Friday, July 8th, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. will celebrate a send-off Mass with the pilgrims, their families, and their friends at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica at 5:15 pm.
“I will travel with the group to Madrid for WYD,” announced Archbishop Prendergast. “Our Eucharistic celebration will allow us to unite in prayer with all the generous people who are supporting us in our journey as we prepare for WYD spiritually and financially,” he explained.
“As representatives of the Church of Ottawa, the young people will be sent on a mission to share the Good News with those they will meet during their pilgrimage – in the homes where they will be billeted in Valladolid for five days, and during their week-long series of gatherings in Madrid,” explained Archbishop Prendergast.