The Very Rev Christopher de Souza VG EV PP our Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation is leading pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta to World Youth Day 2016 (WYD).
WYD 2016 will be a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for a week-long festival of faith with millions of youth from around the world joining Pope Francis for an encounter with Jesus.
WYD is a part of a tradition initiated by the late Pope John Paul II (now St John Paul) for the Church to be with the youth, for the youth. Pope John Paul II described World Youth Day’s objective as: “…to make the person of Jesus the centre of the faith and life of every young person so that He may be their constant point of reference and also the inspiration of every initiative and commitment for the education of the new generations.”
2016 will be a very special WYD. Krakow is where the founder, Pope John Paul II, studied and was Archbishop.
The Diocese of Parramatta WYD Communications Team will be capturing stories during WYD 2016. You can follow the pilgrimage below.
Pilgrims have taken part in the five and half hour pilgrimage walk to the site of the vigil and final Mass. The Vigil is often the most personal part of the central events with the Holy Father. It is a unique time of prayer and meeting with Christ and it has an atmosphere of total peace and also great joy.
The Vigil marks the conclusion of the WYD pilgrimage and the celebration of the Final Mass of the XXXI World Youth Day; celebrated by the Holy Father.
Over one million people have already arrived to the site of the final Mass and more are still coming.
You can watch the final Mass live here: www.xt3.com/live
During this Eucharist celebration, the Pope challenges and sends the young people out to the whole world to be witnesses in their own homes. At the very end, after the Angelus, the Holy Father traditionally announces the location of the next World Youth Day.
Pilgrimage 1 & 2 are now combined. For more frequent updates and photos check out the CYP Facebook page
For day eleven, click here.
For day ten, click here.
For day nine, click here.
For day eight, click here.
For day seven, click here.
For day six, click here.
For day five, click here.
For day four, click here.
For day three, click here.
For day two, click here.
For day one, click here.
The Diocese of Parramatta will be a hosting a special WYD event in Greystanes on July 31.
Bishop Vincent will be celebrating Mass at 6pm, followed by a live stream at 7pm of the closing Mass with Pope Francis.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021738987863548/
- 31 July, 6pm-9pm
- Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes
- 6pm – Special WYD Mass with Bishop Vincent
- 7pm – Food, live stream to the Closing Mass with Pope Francis, testimonies from past pilgrims, great music, Filipino and Polish flavours all round and video messages from our pilgrims in Krakow
Our friends at the Archdiocese of Sydney are also covering World Youth Day. You can keep track of their coverage below:
From the 27th to the 31st July the main events of World Youth Day 2016 (including the Australian Gathering) will be streamed on the Archdiocese of Sydney Catholic youth website www.Xt3.com
There will be a live online chat portal during the WYD main events and viewers can join the global conversation whilst they watch.
Visit www.xt3.com/live for all the webcast times and details.