Catholic Youth Parramatta

Launch of WYD2016 pilgrimage to Krakow


Catholic Outlook April 2015: Palm Sunday & World Youth Day 2016 Krakow launch
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

Originally published in Catholic Outlook April 2015

On Sunday 29 March 2015, almost 1000 young people from parishes, schools and movements across the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta took part in the Palm Sunday Procession, Youth Mass and launch of World Youth Day 2016 Krakow.

The Blessing of the Palms took place at Parramatta Town Hall before the procession made its way through the streets of the CBD towards St Patricks Cathedral.

Participants in the procession carried palms in remembrance of Jesusentry into Jerusalem and flags and young people carried banners representing the nations of youth that will participate in World Youth Day in 2016.

In a packed Cathedral, Fr Paul Roberts, priest responsible for Pastoral Planning & Evangelisation, was the principal celebrant for the Mass. Music was provided by various youth groups and the Gospel was acted out by tens of young adults.

Representatives from the Diocese, including the Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, were present as well as the entire diocesan WYD Committee.

Catholic Outlook April 2015: Palm Sunday & World Youth Day 2016 Krakow launch
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

WYD launch

Following Mass, the two official WYD pilgrimages of the Diocese were launched. One itinerary will take pilgrims via the Philippines to work with young people devastated by an earthquake 18 months ago. The other will re-trace the footsteps of St John Paul II through Poland.

The launch party was hosted by the team from Catholic Youth Parramatta, James Camden and Sr Rosie Drum MGL, and was held in the cathedral cloister under lights with banners and much fanfare.

The highlights of the launch included the new Diocese of Parramatta World Youth Day 2016 Krakow website, the reveal of our branding and the response to the dramatic National WYD Promotional Video. For all your WYD Krakow news visit

James Camden said the WYD committee was preparing and planning for pilgrim numbers to exceed those achieved in Rio in 2013. “Today represents the official beginning of the journey to Krakow, although planning has been underway for more than six months,” he said.

“Tonight is a celebration of young people keen to deepen their faith and sense of mission through everything that the WYD Project has to offer.”

Catholic Outlook April 2015: Palm Sunday & World Youth Day 2016 Krakow launch
Photography: Alphonsus Fok

WYD raffle

A WYD raffle has been launched to help raise funds for pilgrims from parishes and schools. Ticket books will be available in coming months. The prizes are:

1st Toyota Yaris from Terry Shields Toyota

2nd $6000 European tour for two, courtesy Cosmos (WYD national tour operator)

3rd Apple iPad mini – courtesy Campion College

4th $500 cash prize from Deloitte

5th Apple watch from Catholic Church Insurance

WYD branding

The theme for World Youth Day is “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7) and central to the image is the image of the Divine Mercy with streams of blue and red, a devotion that was begun by St Maria Faustyna Kowalska in the 1930s.

The founder of World Youth Day, Pope St John Paul II, and Pope Francis and youth are all represented in this image.

Go to Palm Sunday & World Youth Day launch photo gallery

Visit the new Catholic Diocese of Parramatta WYD Krakow 2016 site  

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