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.


Feast of Saint Lawrence Mass


From 'Group 3', Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese

WYD Blog 10 August

In Israel the pilgrims of the Parramatta Diocese experienced a cultural lunch that consisted of chicken, various local vegetables and traditional sauces. This meal is known as the Shawarma. The pilgrims all enjoyed this meal, not only because of the taste, but also due to the beautiful view that we had out on the balcony showing of the landscape of Israel.
- Taylor Zahra

Today involved a variety of spiritual activities that allowed me to explore my own connection with God. Although the day involved these amazing moments, I really enjoyed the continued celebratory atmosphere on Bus 4. The singing continues to strengthen through out the pilgrimages..."Who's your Shepard Shepard Shepard...Jesus is your Shepard Shepard".
- Richard Talab

The new experience of the garden Mass at Mt Carmel. For me, the Mass posed some profound questions. The atmosphere was just as reverent as a church Mass. Being in the natural environment rather than the mans constructions was truly remarkable. Everyone was relaxed, at ease and one with God. A wonderful day.
- Robert Car

Todays homily was definitely one of the highlights of my trip so far! Fr John addressed the congregation with such poise which created an atmosphere of peace and hope. He discussed the term 'Ego', meaning edge of God. That at times we would much rather do the absolute minimal rather then persevere and unfortunately sometimes we push God away from our lives. I know many of us have trust in God and ourselves that we can achieve more!
- Siobhan McGeowen

Today one of the sites that we visited was Caesarea. This was a historic site with ruins from the city that had been ruled by many. When we first arrived at the site of Caesarea it didn't seem like there was all that much. We went into a small theatre and watched a short film about the history of the place. After the film we walked out to Caesarea itself, it looked like a place with history, but what touched me was the fact that even after all the different rulers and the natural disasters that took place the city of Caesarea still stood. Caesarea is still a similar place to what it was when it was first constructed and the fact that the past is still present now there is still a chance that it will still be standing in the future to come.
- Emily Stone

Visiting the site of our Lady of Mt Carmel, was something that was really breath taking as I reflected on my  friends and family back home, in Australia who are apart of the lady of Mt Carmel parish in  Wentworthville...As I was standing at the peak of Mt Carmel. I was thinking of my family and friends at Our Lady of Mt Carmel and what an amazing experience it is to be standing at the foundation of their parish. It is not every day you get the opportunity to go to the place that is the name of the parish that you are so much apart of as a community. This experience was definitely the highlight of my day and I cannot wait till we go to Madrid and get to celebrate World Youth Day week with the Pope.
- Crystal Menezes

The Mass was located in a beautiful garden environment at Mt Carmel, Muhraga. An inspiring and humourous homily was engaging by Father John. My favourite part about Mass was receiving an our Lady of Mt Carmel Scapular, which promises you a direct passage to heaven. This meant a lot to me.
- Jamal Ghalloub

The environment during Mass at Mt Carmel, Muhraga was beautiful. The garden provided great views of the surrounding communities. This setting was peaceful and gave me a feeling of comfort that I will always remember. Today was inspiring day that will stay with me forever.
- Sarah Kazzi

Today was another memorable day! One of the highlights that come to mind is the bus trip from Mt Carmel to Caesarea. The atmosphere on the bus was magical because we were all chanting proudly..."The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire...we don't need the devil cause the devil is a liar! ..."
One word: INSPIRED.
- Juvy Marcellano

At the end of Mass, we were all offered the opportunity to receive a Scapular of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. It has two pieces of small cloth connected by a white cord which we wear over our heads. One piece shows an image of Our Lady. When we accepted these, we devoted our lives specially to Mary, and if we promise to faithfully wear the Scapulas against our hearts and live Holy lives, we will not suffer the eternal fire. In short, we have earnt ourselves a fast-track passport to heaven. We each tonight wear a souvenir of the Mass and a reminder of our personal commitment to continue to grow in Christ. The gift at Mass. Passport to heaven.
- Stacey Hardman

Today Fr John Watkins gave a moving homily that made me consider the modern pitfalls in society. Fr John referenced his favorite author Matthew Kelly who explores the follies associated with an excessive focus on individuality, hedonism and minimalism.
- Mark Strong

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