New statistics from Catholic Youth Parramatta have shown that 100% of participants on this year’s Good Friday Night Walk felt safe.
The annual pilgrimage, hosted by the Diocese of Parramatta’s youth ministry office and attended by hundreds of young people across the Diocese, travels from Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown to St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, throughout Good Friday and into Holy Saturday.
The statistics were collated from 424 young people, who participated under strict COVID conditions, and who were supported by an army of generous volunteers.
Other fascinating statistics include:
- For the first time, over 95% were in the youth age bracket of 14-35 and living, worshiping, serving or working in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
- 1 in 3 young people joined the pilgrimage for the first time. 1 in 3 young people were invited via word of mouth by a friend or colleague.
- The majority of participants rated the pilgrimage as EXCELLENT and EXTREMELY WELL organised.
- 98% of young people felt EXTREMELY or VERY welcome.
- 90% of participants found the experience meaningful and purposeful.
- 95% of young people agreed the walk was more efficient, safe and reflective than previous years because of reduced numbers.
To read about this year’s pilgrimage and what it meant to young people during Holy Week, read our article here: https://catholicoutlook.org/good-friday-pilgrimage-reminds-young-people-they-are-not-alone/
View images from the pilgrimage here or below.