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.

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Pilgrims' Final Mass

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Madrid Direct WYD pilgrimage leader Very Rev Paul Marshall EV with Bishop Anthony at the Parramatta Pilgrims' Final Mass in Madrid.
Photo: Ryan Reyes


See more Madrid images from Ryan Reyes in our WYD Photo Gallery

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Pilgrims' Final Mass with Bishop Anthony


Photographers Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu at the Parramatta Pilgrims' Final Mass with Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP at World Youth Day in Madrid.

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See more Pilgrims' Final Mass images from Alphonsus & Grace in our WYD Gallery

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Aug 18 - awaiting the Pope's arrival

Parramatta's Madrid Direct pilgrims ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's arrival in Plaza de Cibeles for the Holy Father's first event with young people for WYD11.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu


See more photos from Thursday 18 August in our WYD Photo Gallery


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Australian Pilgrims WYD Gathering xt3 coverage


Video coverage from of the Australian Pilgrims Gathering in Madrid.

Watch more World Youth Day videos at the YouTube Channel

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Celebrating the start of WYD

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The World Youth Day Cross & Icon arrive at the Australian pilgrims gathering in Madrid to celebrate the start of WYD 2011.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

All Parramatta WYD pilgrims came together at the Australian Pilgrims Gathering in Madrid on 16 August. Photographers Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu were on hand to capture the moment.

See more photos from 16 August Madrid in our WYD Photo Gallery

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Cultural exchange and extended friendship


St Anthony’s Toongabbie Parish Priest Fr Paul Marshall will be leading a group of young pilgrims from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta on the 'Madrid Direct' World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrimage from Wednesday 10 August.

The pilgrims will be taking part in the WYD “Days in the Diocese” in Coria-Caceres in Spain, where they will enjoy four days of cultural exchange and extended friendship, before joining the river of pilgrims flowing towards Madrid for the weeklong WYD celebrations.

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