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.

Sagrada Familia


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Pilgrims at the Sagrada Familia.
From Daniel, Dwaine, Mary, Tim, 'Group 4', Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese

Our group thoroughly enjoyed our day in Barcelona.

This was my second time visiting the city and its famous cathedral, the Sagrada Familia.

It was a privilege to walk inside the cathedral again and to attend a Mass deep inside the church, said by our group chaplain, Fr Fernando. Some free time later in the day allowed us to put our tourist's hats on and enjoy a traditional Spanish lunch (for 2 hours!), and then some of us took a trip out to FC Barcelona's home ground, the Nou Camp. It has been a great experience so far and I look forward to the rest of the pilgrimage.

Daniel ‑ St. Patrick's Guildford

The Sagrada Familia was holy and relaxing. When I first entered the church I felt relaxed and at peace. Upon our return to the hotel I had a clear mind and found it much easier to think.

Mary ‑ St. Patrick's Guildford

The Sagrada Familia was simply stunning. The sheer size of the structure was  enough to be amazed and its beauty just took my breath away. What was even more amazing was learning about the designer, Gaudi. His designs have been in construction since 1882 and will take at least another 20 years to complete.

Dwaine ‑ St. Patrick's Guildford

After visiting the Sagrada Familia we walked through through the old part of the city, admiring the architecture and the closeness of the buildings to each other. One place of interest was St. James Square, where the government officials work and where the Town Hall is located. This was the place where the Barcelona football team was presented to the city after winning the championship.

Tim ‑ Padre Pio Glenmore Park

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