Krakow 2016

The Darwin Diocese pilgrimage to World Youth Day Krakow is all set and ready to go! Our group look forward to experiencing this incredible country, rich in culture, history and faith!

We are travelling in a group with the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Rockhampton over three weeks. The itinerary is below.

In the Footsteps of Saint John Paul II

  • Departure date (out of Darwin): 14 July 2016
  • Return date (to Darwin): 4 August 2016
  • To include: travel throughout Poland, Days in the Diocese in Opole, World Youth Day week and a post WYD retreat
  • Pilgrimage Coordinator: Benita de Vincentiis
  • Chaplain: Fr Patrick Mara msc
  • Pilgrims:
    • Olivia Rose – Alice Springs
    • Joel Tolentino – Alice Springs
    • Troy Mardigan – Nauiyu
    • Bon Gerard Timaepatua – Wurrumiyanga
    • Belinda Pereira – Wurrumiyanga
    • Fr Pat Mara msc – Wurrumiyanga
    • Ladan Moradi – Darwin
    • Jessica Musgrave – Darwin
    • Kirby Heath – Katherine
    • Benita De Vincentiis – Darwin

Itinerary – Day by Day

2016 pilgrimage map

1. THU 14 JUL – DEPART, AUSTRALIA
Your journey begins today as you depart for Poland to join millions of young people on pilgrimage to the 31st World Youth Day!
2. FRI 15 JUL – ARRIVE IN WARSAW, POLAND
Witamy (welcome) to Warsaw! Our Cosmos Representative will meet us and take usto our accommodation to settle in and have a rest. This afternoon we will walk into the Old Town of Warsaw, getting to know our small group as we explore this spectacular city. We will have Mass in one of the Churches before our first meal together in a local Polish Restaurant! (D)
3. SAT 16 JUL – WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA
This morning we first head to Victory Square, the place that Saint JPII first said Mass as Pope in communist stricken Poland in 1979. We will have a time of prayer at the Cross that marks the spot. We then visit the acclaimed WARSAW UPRISING MUSEUM delving into the powerful history and culture of this city. We take a break to grab some lunch and then hit the road to Czestochowa (host city of WYD 1991) to see one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines. (B,D)
4. SUN 17 JUL – CZESTOCHOWA – KALWARIA
The JASNA GORA SHRINE is home to the famous BLACK MADONNA, the ‘Queen of Czestochowa’. Thousands pilgrimage to this shrine each year, including Saint JPII who visited many times and held this place very close to his heart. We will take some time to explore this special place. Later we make our way to KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA on the slopes of Zar Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which played a pivotal role in Saint JPII’s spiritual life. (B,D)
5. MON 18 JUL – KALWARIA; EXCURSION TO AUSCHWITZ
Today will be a powerful day as we travel to Auschwitz to visit the former CONCENTRATION CAMP as well as the MARTYRDOM MUSEUM and ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE’S CELL. We will return to our sanctuary at Kalwaria to take some time for reflection amongst the 42 churches and chapels scattered across the slopes of the mountain. (B,D)
6. TUE 19 JUL – KALWARIA; EXCURSION TO WADOWICE & KRAKOW
Today is going to be huge! We visit Wadowice – a cute little town that has been transformed by being the birthplace of Saint JPII. Visit the MUSEUM OF POPE JOHN PAUL II, including his birthplace and childhood home. Pray in the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle, where he was baptised. We take time for lunch (a chance to get your hands on Saint JPII’s favourite dessert – hope you like cream!) before continuing to Krakow. Here, we will take some time to enjoy the world-famous SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY, home to the revelations by Saint Faustina before the WYD crowds arrive next week. Saint Faustina (Helen Kowalski) was a Sister of Mercy nun who Jesus appeared to in 1931. Pope Saint John Paul II canonized Saint Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy. We will enjoy dinner together in Krakow before we return to Kalwaria. (B,D)
7. WED 20 JUL – KALWARIA – ZDZIESZOWICE
We bid farewell to Kalwaria and head to the Diocese of Opole for Dni w Diecezjach (the Days in the Diocese) program in the parish of Kościół św. Antoniego (Church of St Anthony) in Zdzieszowice. The parish has been preparing to greet us for two years now and today we will finally meet. Here we will enjoy a special opportunity to stay with Polish people in their homes. Get ready for a full immersion into Polish culture! Start learning some Polish now. (B,D)
8. THU 21 JUL – ZDZIESZOWICE
We dive into the Days in the Diocese program with The Day of Culture – a cultural exchange, including music and sports between the young people of the parish and us. (B,L,D)
9. FRI 22 JUL – ZDZIESZOWICE
Days in the Diocese continues with a Day of Mercy – a chance for us to learn about the challenges in their local community and to participate practically in serving those in need. We will split up and experience the opportunity to contribute to the community in different ways. The day ends with a prayer vigil in the evening. (B,L,D)
10. SAT 23 JUL – ZDZIESZOWICE
Today is a Day of Community. We will join in their annual pilgrimage on foot to the top of the Mount of Saint Anne, a place that Saint JPII also pilgrimaged too. There together we will celebrate a huge outdoor Mass with all pilgrims who have visited the Diocese of Opole this week. To be followed by a Youth Festival and Concerts. (B,L,D)
11. SUN 24 JUL – ZDZIESZOWICE
Our final day with the parish is a Day of Family – an opportunity to share time with our host families who have so generously hosted us this week. In the evening we will all come together at the parish for a final night of celebration. (B,L,D)
12. MON 25 JUL – ZDZIESZOWICE – KRAKOW
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the parish of St Anthony and journey into Krakow to join millions of other young people for the 31st World Youth Day – a whole week of festivities! After arriving at our University lodgings, we will take some time to settle in, journal and reflect on our pilgrimage so far. (B,D)
13. TUE 26 JUL – KRAKOW
And World Youth Day begins! Today we start our World Youth Day celebration with the Opening Mass which is said by the local Archbishop. The Mass will emphasise the culture of our host country, Poland! (B,L,D)
14. WED 27 JUL – KRAKOW
Over the next three days, you will take part in morning Catechesis with Bishops from around the world and have the opportunity to encounter the Vocations Expo and the Youth Festival program on top of all the main events.
Catechesis is preached in different languages by Bishops from around the world who teach and reflect with pilgrims on the WYD theme; “Blessed are the merciful; for they shall receive mercy” (Mt 5:7).
The Youth Festival takes place in the afternoons and evenings, except during main events. It is made up of artistic, religious and spiritual elements, giving pilgrims an opportunity to participate in concerts, exhibitions, workshops, sporting events, theatre events and many other activities.
The Vocations Fair/Centre shows pilgrims different paths of achieving their vocation in the Church, and to encourage them to look for answers to the question of what God wants from them in their lives. Religious congregations, catholic universities, media and publishing houses, missionary organizations, national and international movements and communities present their charism and works. (B,L,D))
15. THU 28 JUL – KRAKOW
After a morning of catechesis, today is our first encounter with the Holy Father during the Papal Welcome. It is a time of particular joy as we have the opportunity to pray together with Pope Francis! During the service we listen to the Word of God and the first message of the Holy Father. (B,L,D)
16. FRI 29 JUL – KRAKOW
This morning, we will engage in the final catechesis session with the international Bishops. In the afternoon and evening, pilgrims gather for the Stations of the Cross – which invite pilgrims into the penitential character of WYD. The WYD Cross is carried in a procession during this service and young people follow a designated route through the city, giving testimony of their faith. (B,L,D)
17. SAT 30 JUL – KRAKOW
Today we set off on our pilgrim walk to the site of the Vigil and final Mass. This is the main walking pilgrimage part of WYD and we do it with all the pilgrims from around the world. Walking, waving our flags, singing and witnessing to our shared faith along the streets. An awesome day! The Vigil this evening is a beautiful time of personal prayer with the Holy Father. It is a special time of prayer and meeting with Christ – a moment of total peace as well as great joy. We then spend the night sleeping under the stars, ready to wake for Mass. (B,L,D)
18. SUN 31 JUL – KRAKOW
Today is the conclusion of the WYD pilgrimage and the celebration of the Final Mass of the XXXI World Youth Day; celebrated by the Holy Father. 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. (B,L,D)
19. MON 1 AUG – KRAKOW
What just happened? Today is an important day for us to reflect and retreat following our jam-packed WYD experience. It will be a day to re-live, reflect and unpack what has happened for you during these days. We will share our revelations, write our testimony and be ready to communicate our experience to our families and communities when we return home. Tonight, a final dinner together in Krakow in celebration of all that we have shared in beautiful Poland. (B,L,D)
20. TUE 2 AUG – KRAKOW – WARSAW – RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
We depart very early this morning; a group coach transfer will take us to Warsaw airport for our flight back to Australia. (B)
21. WED 3 AUG – IN FLIGHT
22. THU 4 AUG – ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

* World Youth Day itinerary subject to change by the WYD Krakow Office

This is going to be an incredible faith journey for our group and we invite you to come on pilgrimage with us – through this blog.

To send the group a message, you can email youth@darwin.catholic.org.au

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