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.


Boarding now for WYD


WYD BlogThe Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, and Paul Menday from the Catholic Education Office Parramatta (pictured right) in the departure lounge at Sydney Airport on Thursday 4 July, on their way to the Holy Land and Madrid pilgrimage for World Youth Day.

Bishop Anthony is leading 175 pilgrims through the Holy Land, visiting and praying at many of the places Jesus visited, including Galilee, Nazareth, Cana, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion.

In all, 288 pilgrims, including 80 students from Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, will be part of the 26th World Youth Day celebrations Madrid from 16 to 21 August.


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Comments & Responses

What excitement! Wow! Thank you to Sharon who stayed with our daughter and Patricia when they were in the line for check in. This really eased her nerves. What a wonderful experience for all! Thank you to Bishop Anthony for enabling our children to experience where Jesus walked! I know the children from St Agnes and St Aidans will be watching this blog for any news or reflections you can give us.
Posted by: Christine Leahy on 5/08/2011 7:52:11 PM(Reply)
It is truly exciting to know that the first group of our Parramatta's pilgrims are on their way. Hope people will spare some time to keep in touch through this bloq with those staying in Australia. God bless you all!
Posted by: Sr Grace on 6/08/2011 12:10:45 PM(Reply)
Hello to Rebecca, Patricia and Sharon. Wallabies went down to kiwis by a big margin! Swans were ahead at half time against Essendon but not looking good at 3rd quarter. Weather here has been quite warm. Can't wait to here about how mass went in Aaman. You are all missed. Talk to you soon.
Posted by: Christine Leahy on 6/08/2011 9:26:42 PM(Reply)
Out two Bede Polding girls Kathleen and Lorelle have said they had an AMAZING day at Mt Nebo (so did the Chisholm teddy bear!) They will have lots to tell the children at Chisholm and St Matthews who have supported them when they get back.
Posted by: Tracie Buckley on 7/08/2011 12:07:12 AM(Reply)
As a parent sending off our Patrician boys and Nagle girls at Mascot, it dawned on me how truly blessed we are as a community to be able to send so many on this pilgrimage. Like those before them they went with open hearts and minds(and some nervous energy). The only things missing were the woollen robes and bells. Tell me Robert, was that why your bag was so heavy?
Posted by: Julie Car on 8/08/2011 4:17:43 AM(Reply)
How wonderful to get on to the blog today and hear such detail about the events experienced by our children on Saturday and Sunday.They are all truly privileged to be experiencing these wonders it is going to be life changing for all of them I am sure.
Great also to see the picture of two of our St Columba's Pilgrims,Amelia and Hannah with their families as the departed Sydney their minds filled with excitement,anticipation and lots of things their mothers had reminded them to do and not to do while away!!!
You are all in our thoughts and prayers constantly

Posted by: Lucy Hatton on 8/08/2011 6:58:00 PM(Reply)
It is truly amazing to think that our young people our walking in the footsteps of the disciples and Jesus at this very moment in time. We are all very eager to hear from them about their experiences and general well being. For most of us it would be the first time our young people have travelled abroad without their parents, or in my case, its Hannah's first trip out of Australia. We are very grateful to the supervisors for being there to support and look after them. We are praying for all pilgrims, that their hearts and minds are open to what is truly possible for them as they journey through the Holy Land. God Bless.
Posted by: Julie Fehon on 8/08/2011 9:57:56 PM(Reply)

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