Group from St. Jude Parish heads to Italy

Visits holy sites; mother & son shake hands with the pope

By Michelle Tressel
Special to The Witness

CEDAR RAPIDS — A group of 17 parishioners, family and friends from St. Jude Parish, Cedar Rapids, found that Advent is a wonderful time to go on a pilgrimage … a pilgrimage to Italy. The pilgrims were able to relate to “prepare,” “joyful waiting” and “patience” in a much different way than we might have if we hadn’t gone on this trip. And these themes recurred throughout the pilgrimage, sometimes when we least expected it.

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