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.

WYD Opening Mass


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The WYD Opening Mass.

By Lisa Garland, Catholic Youth Parramatta

Tuesday 16 August - WYD Opening Mass

OMG (Oh My Gosh) it was so hot last night! It took a cold shower and forever to get to sleep, then I kept waking up because it was hot, then I woke up before my alarm went off which hasn’t happened once on this pilgrimage until now. Not complaining, just stating fact :)

I thought breakfast was served between 8am and 10am but I wasn’t 100 per cent sure so I messaged three different people, two of whom were not completely sure and one of which the return message did not come through. So, I get down to breakfast at 8.20am and find out breakfast finishes at 9am...I didn’t need to be down there till 8.45am!

Our day began with catching the metro to our WYD Australian Gathering. More than 3,000 Aussie pilgrims gathered in a large concert hall with NSW dominating the room! The morning included performances by The Revelations & Fr Robert Galea, testimonies, videos and talks.

Late in the afternoon we had the Opening Mass. We hoped on some train, got off at some station, walked to some street and sat down on some curb. It wasn’t quite what I expected. We didn’t actually know where the Mass was in relation to where we were sitting, we could only see a slight portion of the screen. The only radio frequency we could get for the Mass was in Spanish. We just made do with what we had, saying whatever Mass parts we could tell they were up to in English & singing along with the hymns.

The Mass crowds were unbelievable; there were just so many people, you were lucky to find enough space to fit yourself in to walk.

Following the Opening Mass, my small group went in search for dinner. We wandered the streets for goodness knows how long searching for food. Lines either had a two-hour wait on them, food had run out or they didn’t accept our coupons. Some of us were feeling so faint we just paid for food in a restaurant while our friends lined up and used the coupons for burritos and nachos. I was so full from the restaurant food that I just gave my burrito to the homeless guy.

Eventually we made it back to the hotel for another late night and early start.

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