Catholic Youth Parramatta

pilgrims PRAYER

A prayer for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's pilgrims travelling to World Youth Day 2011 Madrid.


Ever loving God, we give you thanks for the many blessing we receive in this life. Thank you for the gift of World Youth Day to our young people. We ask your blessing on all our Pilgrims at World Youth Day in Madrid. Bless them on their pilgrimage and help them to build on the many graces and experiences that were the fruit of the World Youth Day in Sydney.


Guide them along right paths by bestowing on them the power of the Holy Spirit, so that they may continue to be your witnesses in the world.


May this pilgrimage renew their faith and confidence in you, and strengthen the bond of communion as they journey together, so that the fruits of their experience might bring renewal to the Church of Parramatta.


We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady of the Southern Cross and in the name of our Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.



Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Pray for us.

Blessed John Paul II. Pray for us.


Bishop Anthony's WYD Homilies & Catechesis


Homily - In the name of Jesus Christ

Homily for Votive Mass of the Holy Name of Jesus Parroquia Santa Monica, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Thursday 18 August.

It was at Antioch that they first called us ‘Christians’ (Acts 11:26). It was not a compliment. It was intended to humiliate us. It meant: these guys are so dumb they worship a human being called Jesus Christ who is really dead but who they think is alive (Acts 25:18-20). To be called a Christian was mockery; it could also be lethal.

Human beings give meaning to their world by naming things. Adam’s first task in the Bible was to classify the animals (Gen 2:18-20). He also named his wife, Eve (Gen 3:20). Names help us make sense, communicate and control; they give us power for stewardship over creation or destruction of it, for building relationships or tearing them down. We might tell children that “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me”, but they know all too well how being called a nasty name can wound us.

Read Homily in full at the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Site

Homily - Youth with a Mission

Homily for Mass for the Spread of the Gospel, Parroquia Sta Teresa y San Jose, Pza de Espana, Madrid, Friday 19 August.

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” says Paul today (Rom 10:9-18), quoting the prophet Isaiah (Isa 52:7). Jesus and His apostles were pedestrians: as far as we know, apart from His Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem (and possibly the flight into Egypt), Jesus never rode a donkey or horse. He and His crew criss-crossed the Holy Land on foot, covering great distances on poor roads, often in searing heat, sand, dirt. It might have been beautiful to hear their footsteps and know they were coming, but were their feet beautiful? More likely they were calloused, broken, dirty, disfigured, smelly – like those of a pilgrim rather than a foot model in a shoe advertisement!

Read Homily in full at the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Site

Catechesis - Established in Jesus Christ

World Youth Day Catechesis for Thursday 18 August, Parroquia Santa Monica, C/ Rio Manzanares 2, 28529 Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid.

Yesterday you talked with your catechising bishop, with each other and with God about Faith. I don’t know what you said or thought, what really struck you. We’ve all got our questions, especially about the big mysteries of God, creation and ourselves. To believe firmly in God is to believe that there is a meaning to the universe, a meaning that includes each individual person and their day-to-day lives. It means there is a Beauty, a Wisdom, a Guiding hand, a universal Law, an ultimate Truth, a Purpose behind the story of the universe and our personal stories. To grasp and hold on to this big idea, to have it planted firmly in our hearts, is called... Faith.

Read Catechesis in full at the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Site

Catechesis - Witnesses to Christ in the World

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP's World Youth Day Catechesis for Friday 19 August, Parroquia Sta Teresa y San Jose, Plaza de Espana, Madrid.

A recent English survey found many people had never heard of Moses or the Magi, thought miracles were magic and that the cross is a piece of jewellery. You probably know people like that. Many who still identify as Christian have little personal faith, don’t really know much about it, and live as practical atheists, that is, as if there were no god. Others, though baptised, no longer even identify with any religion. While we’ve been away a census was held in my country. About a quarter of the people or more will probably have said ‘No religion’ or else just left the religion question blank. Things might be different in your country: they might even be worse.

Read Catechesis in full at the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Site

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