Thursday, July 17, 2008

World Youth Day Goodies

Jon Schaffhausen sends in this picture and list of World Youth Day goodies provided to Pilgrims:

- On Fire Holy Spirit Backpack w/ headphone port, 2 water bottle nets and lots of room for leftover Sara Lee Hedgehog Slices (Mmmm).

- WYD 08 bandanna - a perennial WYD essential.

- WYD lanyard with transport pass (free bus and train rides), meal tickets and section assignments for the major events (Opening Mass, Papal Welcome, Stations of the Cross, and Papal Mass). Also good for scribbling a myriad of chaperon cell phone numbers and pilgrim emails from around the world.

- Pilgrim Guide (maps, schedule, etc.)

- Liturgy Guide (readings, theme song words, etc.)

- Public Transport Guide (extremely important for obvious reasons)

- Bright Red Poncho. Nighttime offers the best chance for light rain but so far it's been dry and the forecast is dry as well. Thank you Jesus!

- Compact (not abridged, but very thin) Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Extremely cool and useful for learning more about that Spirit who just knocked me off my feet at the Papal Welcome.

- Mini Koala. He's cute and hugs onto things but I'm still looking forward to seeing the real guy next week on our Blue Mountains tour.

- Copy of the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles. Not a bad idea to read about the theme (Acts 1:8) in context.

- Wooden Rosary. Wednesday's Mass was dedicated to Our Lady of the Cenacle (the Upper Room and ground zero for Pentecost).

- Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. A picture book of the Australian outback - spectacular!

- Battery/hand crank operated LED Flashlight. This is amazing! Crank-only operation is actually quite effective. Didn't know this was included in our pack or I wouldn't have brought my own. These guys thought of everything.

- Foil Emergency Blanket (not pictured). What was meant to keep pilgrims warm on the overnight Saturday Vigil has become the picnic blanket of choice for hundreds of soon-to-be-shivering Pope-lovers. I hope they have warm sleeping bags.