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.

Friday 19 August - inspired by NY Archbishop


Friday 19 August

Our third and final Catechesis session was a memorable occasion thanks to the inspirational speech from the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan.

He had the 12,000-strong crowd at the Palacio de Deportes hanging on his every word as he spoke of the significance of charity, joy, hope and love for the Church as the way to evangelisation.

While our view of the Way of the Cross later that day was limited to a large screen, it was still an incredible experience to be among hundreds of thousands of people in reverence in the city centre, all there to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Daniel - St Patrick's Guildford

Archbishop Dolan spoke some very inspiring words that touched me personally.

He spoke of four ways we can help to evangelise the Church which hopefully I and the others with me can live up to.

The Stations of the Cross was held back at the accommodation with those who weren't feeling up to withstanding the onslaught of Madrid's pilgrims. It ended up being quite a nice time with the tv providing us a better view of the stations than most people would of seen. Reading along, we joined in the millions in Spain and around the world who followed Jesus' journey to Calvary.

Dwaine - St Partrick's Guildford

I missed out on going to the Stations of the Cross, but I watched it on tv at the accommodation. I enjoyed reading parts of the Stations back at the accommodation with the other pilgrims. It was different to the Sydney one, but it was an awesome experience participating with other for the Stations of the Cross in Spain.

Mary - St Patrick's Guildford

For most days of this journey we have been late for Catechesis, but on this day we decided to get there early. We lined up and these Americans came up to us and wanted to hear us do our world famous 'Aussie Aussie Aussie' chant. We didn't grant their request as our vocal chords weren't warmed up yet. However their enthusiasm pumped us up for the rest of the day. Archbishop Timothy Dolan was an excellent speaker.

Tim - Padre Pio Glenmore Park

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