Archive for June, 2011

Spiritual Tip 2 – Making Rosaries From the WYD Madrid Team

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

A simple instrument that transforms any travel down time into an opportunity to grow in holiness and do apostolate!

Hand-made rosaries are a great gift for the people who helped get you to WYD, your friends who couldn’t join you, people you meet at WYD from other parts of the world, or anybody you meet along your journey. You can share your love for the Blessed Mother and the importance of the rosary to all whom you give a rosary. In past WYD’s, young people have even been able to teach others what the rosary is and how to pray it. Materials are inexpensive and easy to pack. Making rosaries along your journey can transform a long layover at the airport into a fun bonding experience with your fellow rosary makers. Plus, you can always pray for those who will receive the rosary while you make them.

Here’s how to do it!

Did you know… Madrid metro (subway) is one of the best in the world?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Inside Madrid's magnificent Metro

Inaugurated in 1919, not only is it one of the fastest it is also ecological. The network has twelve regular lines and also three Metro Ligero (Metro Lite) lines. A map can be found on the official website of the Madrid Metro.

In most of the 300 stations there are elevators. Between 2003 and 2007, 81 new stations were built, the greatest amplification in the history of the Metro. There is also a project to improve the quality in the oldest stations to avoid having a great difference with the more recently built ones. (Source WYD website)

Spiritual Prep for Madrid Tip 1 – Pick a Patron!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Here is a great idea from the WYD Madrid Web Site…..
Don’t wait until WYD 2011 to get spiritually pumped with help from heaven.

WYD 2011 has chosen 10 Spanish saints as the patrons of WYD. Our group could choose one of these saints as our particular patron. He/she could be the friend and role model who helps us along our journey; you could start building up the relationship now. (more…)

A WYD Saint:Teresa, From Frivolousness to Holiness

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Statue of St Terese, Avila Spain

Statue of St Terese, Avila Spain

The saint from Avila teaches us that prayer is the only way to know God
St. Teresa of Jesus reached perfection in her relationship with God. Perhaps the example of her life can seem unreachable. She reformed a century old religious order, she reached the greatest heights of mysticism, and her writings and her life have earned her the title of Doctor of the Church. A wonderful example of one of the patron saints of World Youth Day. (more…)

Did you know… Madrid cuisine is very diverse?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The most typical dish of the capital is ‘cocido madrileño’ (Madrid stew). However it is not the only one, there are others such as ‘callos a la madrileña’ (Madrid style tripe), garlic soup and ‘besugo a la madrileña’ (Madrid style sea bream). As for ‘tapas’, in Madrid it is very typical to eat: calamari sandwiches, ‘bravas’ potatoes, ‘caracoles a la madrileña’ (Madrid style escargot) and also ‘huevos estrellados’ (broken eggs).
In the capital it is very easy to find bars/restaurants, but it is in the center where a high concentration of establishments can be found in which to enjoy the typical foods of Madrid.


Did you know… the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is the largest royal palace of Western Europe?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Royal Palace Madrid

Palacio Real Madrid

Built between 1738 and 1764, King Charles III established his official residence here. Todayit is used only for state ceremonies, receptions and official events, the palace is also open to the public and pilgrims can visit the Official Salons/Halls, the Royal Pharmacy, and the Royal Armoury. It is also known as the ‘Palacio de Oriente’ because one of its sides is on the Plaza de Oriente. The Palacio Real is right near the Cathedral. Catch the train from Bilboa to Gran Via then change to the green line heading towards Casa de Campo then get off at Opera. (source wyd Madrid home page)

Accreditation for Priests

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Priests need accreditation in order to:
•Concelebrate and distribute Holy Communion at the Opening Mass (Tuesday, August 16 in Plaza de Cibeles)
•Concelebrate and distribute Holy Communion at the Mass with the Holy Father (Sunday, August 21 at Cuatro Vientos Air Base)
•Hear confessions at the “Festival of Forgiveness” in Retiro Park and on the Cuatro Vientos esplanade during the Prayer Vigil on Saturday, August 20 and the Mass on August 21.

- Deacons need accreditation in order to be Eucharistic Ministers in the two main Masses (August 16 and 21).

For more information and to register: Accreditation for Priests on the main wyd Madrid website.

2 July Commissioning

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Wow it is hard to believe that we are being commisssioned on Saturday 2 July in Armidale for Madrid!!
Our gathering in Armidale will be in three parts, firstly we will look at final arrangements for our pilgrimage to Spain. This will include very important information about itineries, codes of conduct, accommodation and general travel advice. To date we are still waiting for finalisation for Valencia.
The second part will be a period of catechesis from Bishop Luc Matthys and finally we will celebrate Holy Mass before lunch.

Don’t Forget Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Just as well you are packing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag as we might need them in Valencia as we could be in a school, parish hall or with families. Keep praying we are with families

Armidale Diocesan Investment Group

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

ADIG has sponsored the ALP and is providing our lime green bucket hats. The hats will help to identify our group in the crowd. The hat will have the ADIG logo as well as our group name.