Archive for July, 2011

Twitter and Facebook

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

If you would like to share or comment on the ALP blog we have added twitter and facebook so please feel free to share our material and material from the blog. Just click on the heading and the Twitter and Facebook Icons appear at the bottom of each article.

Madrid’s Most Emblematic Sites at the Heart of World Youth Day

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Alcala Gate

The city of Madrid is getting ready to welcome the hundreds of thousands of young people scheduled to attend World Youth Day (WYD) this August in Madrid. Preparation of the places that will be hosting the most crowded events is already well underway. Downtown Madrid is one of the areas where young people will gather to celebrate the main events in the city. (more…)

Tickets On The Way

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Keep an eye on the post ALPers Harvest has sent tickets out by courier today. If you have not received them with in 48 hours let us know.

Prayerful Formation

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The link below, (Which is also on the blog roll) will help you get ready mentally and spiritually for Madrid. It is a well constructed 8 page booklet so give it a go.

500 year-old monstrance to be used at 2011 World Youth Day

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Each year in Toledo a 500 year old 9 ft high gold and silver monstrance is carried in the Corpus Christi procession. The monstrance is known as the Monstrance of Arfe. It was made by the famous German silversmith, Henry of Arfe. He commenced the work in 1515 and it took him 9 years to complete the work.
ALP members will get a chance to see this famous piece of church history which is “the finest example of Spanish silverwork of all time” at the vigil at Cuatro Vientos. Eucharistic adoration led by the Holy Father will take place on August 20 at the Cuatro Vientos Airfield, where the vigil will be held on Saturday night. It is estimiated that up 1 million Young people will be able to “contemplate and admire a work of art that is unique in the world and is being used as its creators imagined, and they will rediscover the value of art in the liturgy,” organizers said. It really will provide a unique focus for contemplation.

Eucharistic Adoration at WYD

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Over 50 churches throughout the city will open their doors for adoration

Madrid, June 22, 2011.- World Youth Day’s were begun with the desire to offer new generations the treasures of the faith with renewed enthusiasm: the beauty of the Christian message, the Eucharist, Confession… That’s why Eucharistic adoration will be one of the focal points at WYD. (more…)

Some advice on carrying cash thanks to Broken Bay

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Does your bank know you are travelling to WYD?

Does your bank know that you are travelling to WYD?  Don’t tell them so that you can get extra credit cards but so they don’t cancel your current cards whilst you are overseas.  Here are a few tips about handling money whilst you are overseas: (more…)

Meal Times

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

One thing I learnt when I visited Madrid last year was that the flow of meal breaks was not what I was used to. Breakfast was much as you would expect, in the morning and once you were up. Lunch and dinner were a different matter. Lunch can be any time from 1 pm to 4 pm but normally it seems to be around 2pm and dinner any time from 8:30pm until midnight.

My advice is to keep some snacks in your back pack so that when you need morningtea or afternoon tea then you have it at hand. Snack bars and fruit and so on are readily available in supermarkets and stalls.

Check out Beautiful Valencia

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A new link has been added to give a sense of what the ALP will see when we do DID in Valencia. It is a city full of the old and the new. You might like to share it with family and friends. (

Thanks Bishop

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

As we begin the count down to flying out to Madrid it is good to remember that our pilgrimage is the brainchild of our two Bishops who wanted to send a group representing our two diocese to Madrid to be part of this international celebration. You might want to send your Bishop a word of thanks for putting the pilgrimage together the Pilgrim Group Leadership Team know how much they would appreciate the note.