Archive for April, 2011

ALP Has A Waiting List

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The ALP has a waiting list of around 6 potential pilgrims. This is very exciting for the group. However, this means that the pilgrimage is now closed. For peopel registered on the waiting list you will be advised of your success or not after the 15 April.

The 15 April is when final payments are due. If pilgrims withdraw then people registered on the waiting list will admitted. Armidale people will get to fill Armidale vacancies if there are any available and Lismore pilgrims will fill Lismore vacancies if there are any in order to maintain our 20 20 balance. If there are vacancies either way we will fill them.If you are aware of potential pilgrims have them register and complete registration forms and get them to us. Places will be filled in order of arrival on the list.

ALP Formation Dates

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

For Armidale Diocesan Pilgrims there are two intial formation sessions planned. The first of these is on Thursday 5 May from 6-8:30 pm in Tamworth. This will allow us to catch up with the Tamworth, Quirindi, Moree and Gunnedah Pilgrims. The second event is on Saturday 7 May in Armidale from 10 am until 2 pm. This gathering will provide an opportunity for the Armidale, Guyra and Glen Innes pilgrims to meet. But if you can’t make the gathering closet to you,then you can try the other venue.
The reason for the two sessions is so that people who work till five can attend.
The purpose of the gatehrings in threefold, firstly you get to meet the other pilgrims, secondly you get to learn about what is happening for the pilgrimage and thirdly and most importantly a time for spiritual formation.
There is a gathering for Armidale and Lismore Pilgrims on Saturday 21 May in Dorrigo. This gathering will also provide a chance for both groups to meet as well as the all important spiritual preparation.
The ALP Coordination Team will send you an email advising of the venues for all of these events.

Invoices Out

Monday, April 11th, 2011

By now you should have recived your invoice for WYD. We managed a reducation in flight costs so there will be a little more in your pocket. But we still don’t know if Valencia is going to charge a DID fee so don’t spend it all at once as we may need it for Valencia.


Friday, April 8th, 2011

Just a reminder that full payment is due for the ALP. Harvest will have sent you an invoice reminder, if not you should recieve one soon.

A Fun Look At What Goes on in JMJ Headquaters

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Media Release /Peek Inside WYD Headquarters:
Lip dub filmed to take a behind-the-scenes look at WYD 2011

Madrid, March 28, 2011 – There are many of you who are curious to see what a day in the World Youth Day headquarters is like… This is what is intended with this lip dub, done by the website “Empapate”, a non-official site made by youth and for youth who for some months have been helping to promote WYD.A lip dub is a music video by a group of people who use lip synching while coordinating their gestures and movements to a popular song. It is usually done in one shot (flat sequence), to show the facilities and day-to-day life of universities, franchises, etc… always in a fun, informal, and creative style.“The idea of making a lip dub at WYD headquarters arose on one of the Sunday afternoons we spend working on our website: Why not show a glimpse inside the venue where all the WYD volunteers and professionals work? And what started off as a ‘Why not?’ became a reality,” said Guadalupe Lillo, one of the promoters of the initiative.
Please check out this fun link for the English version visit
Just scroll down a bit till you see the movie screen and hit play. You will soon be giggling along.

Fundraising Wine Offer – Sevenhill Cellars

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The ACBC together with Sevenhill Cellars in the Clare Valley is offering a generous discount on high quality wines to help fundraise monies for the Australian Pilgrim Support Program. All monies raised will be distributed to those young people around Australia who would not normally be able to attend WYD. To order your wine today and or to share the information in your communities simply visit

Combined Formation Day

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

To all our 40 ALP pilgrims Fr Anthony and the Coordination Team are holding our first combined formation day on Saturday 21 May in Dorrigo. The coordination team will email all ALP pilgrims with the details of venue and times. We understand that not everyone will be able to come due to work or distance but it will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow pilgrims. Plus it is a great opportunity to explore Dorrigo which is a fabulous community that brigdes the tablelands and the hinterland.

Student Participation in World Youth Day Madrid August 11-21, 2011

Monday, April 4th, 2011

A number of our ALP pilgrims are uni students. WYD Australia is aware that the events in Madrid clash with many university programs. As a response the Australian Bishops have prepared a letter of support for uni students to give to university authorities. If you would like a copy of this letter contact us at the Catholic Schools Office Armidale and we will forward it to you.

Spanish Travel Tip

Monday, April 4th, 2011

It is a wise move to go to your doctor and discuss your up coming trip to see if you need to consider any special medical needs. The DFAT Smart Traveller site will also give you up to date information on any medical issues for Spain. (How are the Spanish Lessons going I hope you have checked out the link)