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 Vigil - “the silence that speaks”


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Fr Fernando and pilgrims at the WYD Vigil.

From St Monica’s North Parramatta Parish Priest and
Pilgrim Way WYD Pilgrimage leader, Fr Fernando Montano

Our Pilgrim Way group stayed at the World Youth Day Vigil in Cuatro Vientos. The group was split into two groups, because the second part of the group couldn’t get in. The area was already packed when we arrived and we decided to stay in the outside area with the thousands upon thousands of pilgrims who like us wanted to spend the Vigil in pray with the Holy Father.

During the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, a strong wind and rain put our faith to the test. We managed to get some plastic bags, umbrellas and, most importantly, good spirits to get us through the bad weather. A newspaper reported that the Holy Father was asked if he wanted to go due to the bad weather but he replied that if the pilgrims stayed, he would stay with them.

When the storm passed, he reminded the pilgrims that the hardships they faced that night were a sign of the hardships they are willing to face for Christ and in a moving comment, he prayed to God that just like the rain fell on the pilgrims so the graces of God also be with them.

The storm and the rain damaged the host for consecration and many of the pilgrims could not receive communion at Cuatro Vientos.

What many newspapers reported was the incredible silence during the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament. Some newspapers described it as “the silence that speaks”. A very moving experience.

Our little group in Cuatro Vientos spend most of the time enjoying the drums and chants and excellent environment in expectation of the final Mass with the Holy Father. Even when we couldn’t get the final coupon for our meals, we managed to get some hot dogs, chips and plenty of water, that became our dinner, breakfast and lunch.

Definitely an experience that I will remember for ever!

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Bunking down at the Vigil.


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