World Youth Day Pilgrims to be commissioned on Sunday

This Sunday at the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the diocese’s 71 World Youth Day pilgrims will be blessed and commissioned by Dean of the Cathedral, Fr Andrew Doohan, and pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr Greg Barker, after their final formation and planning meeting.

The pilgrims will be joined by family, friends and members of the wider diocesan community on this special occasion. Everyone is welcome to attend this Mass to wish the pilgrims well as they make their final preparations to depart on 14 July.

You are encouraged to follow the journey of the WYD pilgrims as they follow in the footsteps of the saints throughout Italy and Poland. A live feed has been set up on the diocesan news site for all your WYD updates. We also ask that you ‘like’ mnnewstoday on Facebook and follow @mnnewstoday on Twitter and/or Instagram. You can sign up to receive the weekly diocesan e-newsletter Diocesan Update, which will include stories from WYD, by visiting

Xt3 will be broadcasting live from Krakow throughout the World Youth Day week, including the Pope’s arrival in Poland, the welcoming ceremony, the Way of the Cross, the prayer vigil with youth, the final Mass and the announcement of the next World Youth Day. You can tune in to these events on WYD 2016 Webcast

Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Joanne Isaac Image
Joanne Isaac

Joanne is a Communications Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a regular columnist for Aurora Magazine.