On Saturday, November 12, early in the morning, we got ready to gather with the Church of the Diocese of Jacmel for a pilgrimage and Mass to close the Year of Mercy. We invited all our kids and teens who participate in our catechesis program. Little did we know that 45 of them would want to come to participate. From the youngest, who was 3 years old, to the oldest, who was 20 years old, they stood ready to make the almost four-mile pilgrimage in the hot sun.
Bishop Launay Saturne opened the pilgrimage with a blessing to make this journey in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the grace of Divine Mercy for all. We all had our personal intentions.
When we reached Immaculate Conception Church, the designated sanctuary for the Year of Mercy, and walked through the Holy Door of Mercy, we were greeted by our shepherd, Bishop Launay, who welcomed us with Christ’s mercy and healing. It was an awesome feeling of peace. We then gathered for Mass. This certainly was a challenge for our kids but a great experience of faith, hope, love and, most of all, mercy.