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.

San Sebastian R 'n' R


13 August 2011

By Phyllis Yu, Bruce Lau, Chris Au, Stephen Samson & Anna Lee
(St Monica's North Parramatta)

After our busy schedules, we were given a break at San Sebastian!

San Sebastian is a beautiful town, with the second best beach in the world, and is both a cultural and gastronomical centre in Europe!!

With all the tourists, sounds, colours and hustle and bustle, it’s really easy to forget our identity as pilgrims and become tourists ourselves.

San Sebastian was beautiful, not only because of its liveliness and fiestas, but its natural sights as well. It’s important for us to find a balance between the excitement we get from immersing ourselves in the culture of Spain, and the reflective nature of this trip.

A few of us visited the art gallery of a famous painter Marc Chagall. His somewhat expressionist works incorporated the crucifix as a symbol ofprosecution. He also had a collection of works dedicated to stories from the Bible.

To see God’s will in everything – I suppose that is the point of this WYD experience. 

So far, all these wonderful sights have been impressive and almost too much to take in at once.  It may require a much longer time to digest everything we’ve experienced to understand the significance of it in our religious lives.

Most definitely, it has been an eye opener, reminding us as to why we are a part of the youth ministry in our own parishes - that Catholicism has so much to offer culturally and spiritually, and that if we are to build our lives upon this foundation, we can be assured that we can’t go wrong.

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