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22.09.2016
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day

Lesia Kinach made a pilgrimage to the 2016 World Youth day.

She shares her experiences with all of us.

Thank you Lesia!


A most rewarding experience - Journey through Ukraine

My Pilgrimage with the Canadian Ukrainian Catholic Pilgrims | PART 1: UKRAINE

By Lesia Kinach

Слава Ісусу Христу! Glory to Jesus Christ!
This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to go on a three-week pilgrimage through Ukraine and Poland with other young Ukrainian Catholics from across Canada. It was a truly amazing experience that helped me grow in my faith, and I feel so blessed that I was able to attend and represent our parish. I would like to share with you some highlights from my personal experience on this journey.

Our pilgrimage started in Ukraine.  We visited a lot of different places, but there were two places in particular that I found the most moving: Home of Hope and Zarvanytsia.

Home of Hope (Дім Надії) is a safe house in Lviv for girls ages 16+ who otherwise have no place to call home. The house is owned and run by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI) and supported largely by donations from Canadians. They can house up to 23 girls at one time, and provide the girls with food, shelter, and lots of love. Here the girls learn life skills, how to live in community, and can focus on completing their schooling or finding a job.

When we visited, we met one of the sisters who works in the home and several of the girls who currently live there. Two of the girls were brave enough to share their personal stories of how they ended up at Home of Hope, and it was… just heart-wrenching. I was blinking back tears as I sat and listened to the hardships, abuse and neglect that these girls – less than 18 years old – had lived through. It made me realize that I was showered with blessings growing up and that in comparison to their childhood, mine sounds like a fairy tale. It was a very moving experience that I will never forget.

Our group with the girls at the Home of Hope in Lviv, Ukraine.

The other place we visited that I found moving was Zarvanytsia (Зарваниця). This is a beautiful shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary located in Ternopil oblast. Every year, thousands of Ukrainians from across the country make a pilgrimage to this site and our group joined them. We welcomed Patriarch Sviatoslav in the afternoon and then stayed for Vespers and Divine Liturgy. It was hot, crowded and a long day, but it was incredible to see such dedicated pilgrims, some who had walked hours to reach the shrine. It was dark by the time the liturgy ended, and as we walked back to our bus we saw a sea of people carrying glowing candles and singing hymns. It was a very beautiful sight.

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21.09.2016
Lesia a World Youth Day Part 2

 

Lesia's Experiences at World Youth Day

 

My Pilgrimage with the Canadian Ukrainian Catholic Pilgrims | PART 2: POLAND
By Lesia Kinach

After several days in Ukraine, we travelled to Poland for the second part of our pilgrimage. There we met up with a group of Chaldean Catholics from Saskatoon. They are also Eastern Rite Catholics, and they speak a language called Aramaic – the language that Jesus spoke! When we prayed the rosary together as a group, we would switch between English, Ukrainian and Aramaic. I really loved listening to them pray the Hail Mary… they don’t just say it, they sing it, and it sounds so beautiful!

So, what brought us all to Poland? This past July, the city of Krakow hosted World Youth Day (WYD), a week-long event where young Catholics from every continent gather to grow in faith and fellowship. The Pope also attends to speak to and pray with the youth, making it a very special experience.

This was my first WYD, and it was… absolutely unreal! Over 2 MILLION pilgrims filled the streets of Krakow that week, bringing the city to life. Everywhere you looked, there were groups of people singing, chanting, and waving their national flags proudly. More than once we sang “Salve Regina” on the city trams, or listened as other pilgrims sang hymns in their own language. It was simply wondrous to see people from different cultural, linguistic, and racial backgrounds all united by our faith in Jesus Christ.

If I had to pick one experience from WYD that moved me the most, it would be listening to the Pope’s talk at the Saturday night vigil (the last night before the conclusion of WYD). He spoke in Italian, so I listened to the English translation that was broadcast over the radio. Pope Francis spoke of how “Jesus is the Lord of risk, not comfort, security or convenience” and called on youth to be proactive, to put on our shoes – or better yet, soccer cleats – and get out and leave our mark in the world. I will never forget his inspiring words: “Our times do not need any more young people who are couch potatoes.”

For me personally, more than anything this experience was about finding fellowship. I think I was the only one in our group who did not know anyone else before starting the pilgrimage. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to befriend other young, Canadian Ukrainian Catholics and grow in faith with them. I start my Master’s program at the University of Guelph in September, and I look forward to continuing on my path of spiritual growth and discernment with the Catholic community there.



Our group – Ukrainians and Chaldeans – in front of the John Paul II Centre

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