Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BIS #1569 PADAYATRA TO HAREGAON

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AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009:
Around 300 lay people, men and women, young and old, from the Don Bosco parish Ahmednagar participated in a 55 kms walking pilgrimage to Haregaon, aka MatMauli Shrine of Nagar. The Padayatra is organized by the Don Bosco parish every year culminating with the feast of Our Blessed Mother at the Haregaon shrine on September 12. The Padayatra began on September 7, 2009; at 7.00 p.m. Fr. Viswas along with the catechist Mr. Sachin Avsare accompanied the pilgrims. The journey though difficult, was prayerful. The pilgrims sang and prayed all along. The pilgrims were warmly welcomed, hosted and fed by the different parishes along the way. The pilgrims expressed a deep faith experience at the culmination of the journey. The Padayatra reached Haregaon on September 12, at 8.00 a.m.; the pilgrims then participated in the solemn festive mass at 2.00 p.m. celebrated by his Lordship Rt. Rev. Felix Machado the Bishop of Nashik.

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