Catholic Youth Parramatta

Bishop Anthony launches WYD13 website


Palm Sunday WYD12 Celebration News Story
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

With the tap of an iPad, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP launched the Diocese of Parramatta’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio in 2013 and its new website.

The launch took place on Palm Sunday and followed the Procession with Palms and Youth Mass when more than 900 people filled St Patrick’s Cathedral. Palm Sunday this year was also World Youth Day (WYD) 2012.

“Every WYD is a chance for young people to give witness to Christ, the Church, their ideals, their hopes for a better world. They are evangelising, just by being themselves, being themselves together, in faith,” Bishop Anthony said.

“I’ll be leading some of you to the holy city of Lima in Peru, to encounter its many saints such as Rose of Lima and Martin de Porres, and to engage in a project with the poor. Then to Iguazu Falls to contemplate God’s gifts and to spend time together in catechesis and prayer, then on to Rio for WYD Week.”

Preparing for the pilgrim’s path to Rio


Palm Sunday WYD12 Celebration News Story
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

Following the launch, young people and their families enjoyed a BBQ supper, which was sponsored by Campion College, Australia’s only Catholic Liberal Arts College.

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On the new WYD13 website you will find Bishop Anthony’s video invitation to young people aged 16-35 to come to Rio, information about pilgrimage itineraries, the Parramatta to Rio blog, fundraising, and a media gallery of young people sharing their experience of previous WYDs, and photos: 

Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world. About 143 million of its 193 million people are Catholics and millions more are Christian. Presiding over Rio’s harbour is the 38m high statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Four million people are expected to take part in WYD Rio in July 2013.

Bishop Anthony was coordinator of WYD 2008 in Sydney when Pope Benedict XVI was joined by 450,000 Catholics from across the world for a week-long festival of faith.

Last year, Bishop Anthony led 180 young people from the Diocese through the Holy Land on the way to WYD in Madrid. Here they were joined by another 100 pilgrims from the Diocese for WYD Week, when 2 million young Catholics came together to celebrate their faith.

With their sights now set on South America, young people in parishes and schools across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta are preparing to join one of three pilgrim paths that will take in Mexico, Lima and Iguazu before converging in Rio.

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