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Rector's Reflection for May 2, 2013

posted May 2, 2013, 7:18 PM by Terry Brady

A pilgrimage is a journey to a shrine or sacred place taken with the expectation of spiritual growth or insight. 


In September of 2012, during a lock-in, many St. Margaret's youth expressed their desire to take a pilgrimage. They expressed their commitment in working to raise the funds for the trip, because they wanted to ensure that anyone who was interested could have an opportunity to go. I, in turn, pledged to do all that I could to make it happen.


With the support and encouragement of The Rev. Jason Cox (Associate Rector for Youth Ministries at St. Columba's), I have begun planning a Mini-Pilgrimage of Discovery.


Our inaugural pilgrimage is scheduled for September 13-15, 2013. This journey to the wilds of New York City will include  

  • a trip to Ground Zero
  • a visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine  
  • a tour of the Museum of Modern Art.  

The total cost for this trip is about $3400, for 12 youth and 4 adults (including travel, tickets and housing).   With the youth's hard work, and the generosity of those who supported our Easter Basket drive, $1600 has already been raised to meet this goal.   


There is one more fund raising effort "in the works" between now and our date. I am hoping we can make the trip without asking each participant to contribute more than $100 (even less, if possible).


As there is still much work to be done, I am asking the entire parish to support the youth's efforts. Pray for the trip and for the youth who will make the journey. Participate in the fundraising efforts (If you are feeling so inclined, sponsor a scholarship!). Our journey will need an "Itinerary Wrangler" (that is: a very organized person who, unlike the Rector, likes managing scheduling and details); if this is your gift, volunteer!  


It is my hope that this pilgrimage will allow our youth opportunities to dig deeper and to wrestle with angels; this kind of journey is part of nourishing the roots of faith and growing "into the full stature of Christ." It is my prayer that this will be the first pilgrimage of many more to come.