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 Homily & Catechesis


The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, delivered a World Youth Day Homily and Catechesis in Madrid on Wednesday 17 August.

Firm in the Faith by the Power of the Holy Spirit

Homily - Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, Parroquia San Antonio

"At the altar of the Navicella in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is an image of the encounter described in today’s Gospel (Mt 14:23-33). St Peter has started walking across the water but finds himself sinking.

"It’s as if he is a child learning to swim and the parent or swim instructor is using the old trick of moving further away as he makes his progress. Then he panics. He stretches out his arms towards Christ, saying, as we know, ‘Save me!’ Christ opens wide His own arms to lift Peter to the safety of His embrace."

Read Bishop Anthony's Homily in full at the Diocesan Site

Firm in the Faith

Catechesis - Parroquia San Antonio, Calle Bravo Murillo 150

"Nothing could bring together hundreds of young people such as are in this beautiful church and in churches all around this city this morning, from every continent on earth, except Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.

"Even the Olympics can only bring us together as rivals. Here we are joined together by a glue called faith, more powerful than sport or music or politics or anything else that might bring people together."

Read Bishop Anthony's Catechesis in full at the Diocesan Site

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