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.


Hearts and souls filled in Cana, Mt Tabor


WYD Blog
Church at Cana.

From Group 9, Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese

Relaxing, Amazing, Reflective, Serenity, the ability to find inner peace. These were just some of the many different emotions that filled our hearts and souls through the journey of our pilgrimage to Mount Tabor and the nearby town of Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle.

The ascension to the summit of Mount Tabor was both a reckless and exhilarating experience. The way the drivers were able to maneuverer around the many curves and steep inclines was a whole different experience.

When we arrived to the awesome and vast setting of Mount Tabor’s summit, the view that awaited us was breathtaking. The mosaics reflected the transfiguration with the use of gold. The many depictions of Christ gave us a greater understanding of the beauty of the Transfiguration, and gave us an inner sanctum to reflect on many key aspects of our spirituality.

The Mass, which took place above the original site of the transfiguration, was indeed very spiritual and gave us the opportunity to reflect and ponder. The Mass in total was very beautiful and the homily is what set this mass apart as the best so far. Father Warren Edwards’ (Our Lady of the Angels Rouse Hill Parish Priest) ability to captivate us through the homily made it easy to relate to and his honest and thought provoking words made this Mass a truly memorable experience. He reminded us that we were living in God's footsteps in all we do and say. The way his voice echoed throughout the church filled peoples hearts and minds with a rush of faith and inspiring words to live out the gospel.

For those who wished to attend confession the opportunity was available during our time on Mount Tabor before and after Mass. All the people that attended really proved that they wanted to be closer to God and reach a spiritual side they may not have known they had.

The traditional food of Israel; the Vegetarian falafel and the meat dish Shwarma, allowed for pilgrims to enjoy an enhanced experience of a new culture.

Following lunch we experienced an activity we all know and love; Grocery Shopping. A variety of items were purchased including; water, socks and watermelon. It brought back the comforts of home, which deep down we all miss.

Embracing our spirituality in Cana

After buying the many “essentials” we travelled to the town of Cana, which holds a sacred place in all Catholic hearts. The wedding of Cana, which is the first miracle Jesus Christ performed, was the focus of our next destination. The walk leading to the church was engulfed by a passage from Matthew describing the first miracle.

Underneath the church where the wedding occurred, there contained remains of a stone room, which contained one of the original “jugs” which Jesus turned the water into wine.

Soon afterwards we continued to the upper level of the church where we witnessed four couples embracing their vocation and renewing their vows in this most sacred space.

The reward of being able to splash out by the nearby swimming pool deemed, exciting and relaxing.

Many feelings and emotions have engulfed us throughout our pilgrimage so far. The many holy sites of Israel, the relieving confessions, the redeeming church, the rewarding view and the relaxing pool are what have made this day a highlight of our journey together. Each person has embraced the spirituality of the trip and has had there own personal rewards in getting closer to God and finding themselves in the eyes of our religion and in the Holy Land.

Posted by blog-hlm at 5:23 AM

Tags: Mt Tabor   Transfiguration   Cana

Comments & Responses

Wow! The blog is getting better and better. I almost feel like being part of the pilgrimage through the kind and generous reports shared with those who are still in Australia. Thank you and God bless you on this wonderful journey.
Posted by: Sr Grace on 10/08/2011 2:28:56 PM(Reply)
Yes I agree WOW!I am eager each day to see what reports there are of the pilgrims, and today the narative is really uplifting,so beautifully descriptive I close my eyes and I am there also.
Posted by: Lucy Hatton on 10/08/2011 8:23:15 PM(Reply)
We always look forward to the report for the day. Thank you very much for sharing us your life changing experiences. God bless you all!
Posted by: Luth Marciano on 10/08/2011 9:47:29 PM(Reply)
Wow, what an experience for everyone. I feel like I am with the group while reading all these beautiful and solemn and well written experiences. I bet this beautiful experience will be with them forever. I am so looking forward to read the next blog. God bless.
Posted by: Benilda Almorade on 13/08/2011 3:10:40 PM(Reply)
Praise be Jesus Christ !!!
Thank you to share such wonderful experiences with us. I feel very blessed to have friends in Christ that generously write their pilgrimage journey and make me feel as if I am actually part of it. Love and prayers
Posted by: Renata Dalecki & Familly on 14/08/2011 12:03:53 PM(Reply)

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