15 - 20 July 2008



‘You will receive the power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses’ (Acts 1:8)


Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, will preside at the Opening Mass on Tuesday 15 July.  There will then be three days of preparation for the Vigil and Papal Mass. On the afternoon of Thursday 17 July, the Holy Father is due to arrive at Sydney Harbour for the Welcome Ceremony. He will preside at a Vigil on Saturday night 19 July and the Papal Mass on the morning of Sunday 20 July at the Randwick Racecourse.


The Holy Father is pictured here at WYD Cologne in 2005

(currently 9 hours ahead of London)


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Jesuit Media Initiatives have prepared five ten-minute prayer reflections
for WYD08 pilgrims which are intended for the outward and return journeys.
They can be downloaded onto ipods, mp3s and mobile phones.

Please click here to visit the JMI website

And pray even if you are not going ...

The Holy Father has asked us all to pray during July

"That the World Youth Day held in Sydney, Australia,
may awaken the fire of divine love in young people
and make them sowers of hope for a new humanity"




EWTN will be broadcasting the major events of WYD08.
EWTN can be viewed on Sky on EPG 769 (589 from 21st July 2008).
Its programmes are also streamed on the internet and you can select
the channels from the multimedia page by clicking the logo above.

The network have advertised the following programmes:

Opening Mass with Cardinal Pell

LIVE 15 July 07:30 Repeat 15 July 18:00 2 hours

Arrival and Welcome of the Holy Father

LIVE 17 July 05:30 Repeats 17 July 19:00 & 18 July 02:30 2½ hours

Stations of the Cross

LIVE 18 July 05:30 Repeats 18 July 19:00 & 19 July 02:00 3 hours

Evening Vigil with the Holy Father

LIVE 19 July 09:30 Repeat 19 July 15:00 3 hours

The Holy Father celebrates the Closing Mass

LIVE 20 July 00:00 Repeats 20 July 08:00 & 20 July 19:00 3½ hours

Times quoted are London times
Visit EWTN website to check the details in their WYD08 section




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Prayer Booklet for WYD08
compiled by the Catholic Youth Services

Please click here to download a .pdf of the booklet


Listen to the WYD08 Song - 'Receive the Power'

Download the lyrics for 'Receive the Power'


You can also download audio files and music scores
of the WYD08 Mass Setting
from the WYD08 website by clicking here

(2 pages)




Please click here for more photos of the Commissioning



Thanks and congratulations to Bishop Paul ...

... for completing the Castelli walk on 23rd April 2008
to raise sponsorship to defray the costs of diocesan pilgrims
to World Youth Day.

He has written a short report about his experience. 
He also took photos along his route.

Please click here to see this page



Pope Benedict looks forward to World Youth Day

'See you in Sydney'

On 16th March 2008, the Holy Father celebrated Palm Sunday Mass and the diocesan Youth Day.

After the Angelus, speaking in English, he said: 'I welcome the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors here this Palm Sunday, when we acclaim Jesus, model of humility, our messiah and king. In a special way I greet all the young people gathered in Rome. I am looking forward to seeing many of you, together with thousands of others across the globe, at World Youth Day in Sydney. Let us all pray for our young people, that World Youth Day will be a time of deep and lasting spiritual renewal.'



Themes of World Youth Day to focus on the Holy Spirit and mission

The organisers of WYD08 have unveiled the themes for the three days of catechesis that bishops from around the world will lead in over 300 locations in Sydney.

July 16th: The call to live in the Holy Spirit

from Galatians 5:25: 'Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.'

July 17th: The Holy Spirit as the soul of the Church

from 1 Corinthians 12:13: 'In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.'

July 18th: The Holy Spirit as the principal agent of mission

from Acts 1:8: ' ... you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you,
and then you will be my witnesses ...'

Bishop Anthony Fisher, WYD08 coordinator said: 'Catechesis represents the spiritual heart of World Youth Day, when young people from various backgrounds and circumstances unite to listen, reflect, discuss and pray in harmony.' He encouraged all pilgrims to begin reflecting on the themes now so that they will be spiritually prepared to witness to the Spirit and gain as much as they can from their WYD08 experience.



Facts and Figures

The Catholic Communications Network has compiled a UK Media Fact Sheet
containing many details about World Youth Day.

Please click here to read the Fact Sheet


Bishop Paul to walk in aid of WYD

This is one of the scenes along the thirty mile walk that Bishop Paul
will be making in the hills south-east of Rome on or around
23rd April 2008. He is being sponsored to defray the costs of
Southwark pilgrims to World Youth Day.

Read his letter, download the map and see more photos


World Youth Day - 2008

The World Youth Day event is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to experience the universality and diversity of the Church, whilst celebrating unity within our common Roman Catholic faith. Inaugurated by Pope John Paul II, it was designed so that the Pope could meet representatives of young people throughout the global Catholic Church, and in this encounter, celebrate, deepen, and strengthen our young people in the active living out of their Christian faith. Through catechesis, through liturgical celebration, through social interaction, acts of service and exposure to the cultures of the host country, our young people will encounter the face of Christ among them and with them. World Youth Day Sydney 2008 will be the Twenty-Third such event and will be a life-changing experience for the 90 pilgrimages who will be travelling with the Archdiocese of Southwark to The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit, Australia.

 Information for Pilgrims from Southwark

The World Youth Day pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Southwark is being coordinated through the Southwark Catholic Youth Service. The pilgrimage travels out to Australia on Tuesday 8th July. For our first days in Australia we will be hosts of the friendly and welcoming diocese of Maitland & Newcastle, for the ‘Days in the Diocese’. From Tuesday 15th- Sunday 20th July we will be participating in the WYD events held in Sydney, culminating in the overnight vigil and Papal Mass on the Sunday morning. Monday and Tuesday following will be used for local excursions before the return to the UK on Tuesday 22nd July, arriving back in the UK on Wednesday 23rd July.

 Included in the overall price are all travel, excursions and WYD fees. The pilgrimage is open to any young person between the ages of 17-30 years old. There are still some places left but our deadline for any further applications is 1st March 2008.

For more information contact 01227 272900 or geoff@scys.org.uk



Southwark Catholic Youth Service

Information from the Vatican website

World Youth Day 2008 official website



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