Invest in Young Catholics attending World Youth Day

By James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta

Our World Youth Day Group Leaders and Chaplains have been announced for our Diocese of Parramatta pilgrimages this year.

We have gathered an incredible team of people to journey with us on pilgrimage to Kraków, Poland.

It is now only three months till registration will close and more than 240 young people have now expressed their interest to attend. In the coming weeks they will receive a username and password to access the COSMOS website and start making payments towards the final price.

There are 47 parishes in our Diocese and we want to make sure that every community has an opportunity to benefit from the dramatic input of a returned WYD pilgrim. We are requesting that each Parish nominate someone who becomes our WYD Champion.

This contact will give us up to date feedback on who is coming from their Parish and how their fundraising is going. For the past month our WYD Group Leaders and Chaplains have been engaged in their formation and training program each Thursday night at the Institute for Mission in Blacktown.

They have heard from a range of guest speakers on topics that will prepare us for the huge task of accompanying almost 400 young people to the other side of the globe.

Over this Christmas period I hope that parishioners, families, and friends might consider buying a raffle ticket that goes towards subsiding each pilgrim. There are $30,000 worth of prizes to be won including a Toyota Yaris and a $6,000 overseas holiday with COSMOS.

Look out for your parish pilgrims selling at the back of the church over the coming months. Tickets are $20 for a booklet of 10.

You’ve got to be in it to win it.

The raffle will be drawn on Palm Sunday at our WYD Mass.


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