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.

Gaudi's famed La Sagrada Familia Church


Wednesday 10th August - Barcelona

Rachel & Myself at La Sagrada Familia Church
Rachel & Myself at La Sagrada Familia Church
By Lisa Garland, Catholic Youth Parramatta

This morning we were allowed an extra hour to sleep in, not having to leave the hotel until 9.30am.

Our first site for the day is Gaudi's famed La Sagrada Familia Church. The first time I heard about this Church was in the Cheeta Girls 2 (Disney movie). I looked it up and thought it was just absolutely out of this world, so when I saw that this Church was on the itinerary for this tour, I was excited!

The bus rounded the corner and here sat this mammoth Church. It was HUGE, i just couldn't believe it, I've never seen anything so big in my life. We hopped out of the bus and took photo's, struggling to get the entire front of the church in the shot. The church is absolutely beautiful and so detailed. We were given a tour of the Church and museum. The inside gobsmacked everyone with it's size, the detail, the structure & architecture. The outside of the church showed numerous carvings such as the betrayal of Jesus, the nativity a nd Jesus being sentenced to death. We then walked around the other side of the lake to take better photos and get the Church to fit in one shot.

We then drove to see the Gothic Cathedral and for a little guided tour around Barcelona City, walking down 'Las Ramblas', the famous boulevard bustling with palatial buildings, shops, cafes and street vendors. The group then split up to roam the city. Majority of us went through the markets, the fruit was the freshest, biggest and most colourful i have ever seen. We also saw colourful ice blocks all lined up in rows with cool flavours, some of us wanted to get Mojito but by the time we came back at night they were gone :(

Some of us girls spent hours and hours and hours going around the shops and city, having dinner and walking around before returning to the hotel.

Posted by Lisa Garland at 8:04 AM

Tags: Pilgrim Way   Lisa Garland   WYD 2011 Madrid

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