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.

Visions of Lourdes


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The grotto where Mary appeared to St Bernadette.


By Richard Blissenden, Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese

These images begin to explain our journey in Lourdes.

The pilgrims found the Lourdes experience very moving ‑ from walking the same streets as St Bernadette, to visiting the three main churches, to seeing the house where she grew up, visiting the grotto where Mary appeared many times to her.

The stations of the cross were challenging physically emotionally and spiritually.

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The streets of Lourdes.

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Our pilgrims in the house where St Bernadette was born.

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Pilgrims walking the stations.

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The stations.

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Our pilgrims with the thousands of others waiting to visit the grotto (on left).

My choc eclair ‑ the best in the world!!!!

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The eclair in question...


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