Archive for June, 2015

KRAKÓW is ready

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Having spent 10 days in Poland it is clear that KRAKÓW is ready for WYD16. The major venue site, Blonia Park is very close to Aussie accommodation a mere 10 minute walk. The accommodation itself will be very very comfortable indeed, very upmarket for pilgrims. The city of KRAKÓW itself is beautiful and will inspire.

JPII Museum Wadowice Poland

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

This is one of the most amazing contemporary museums I have seen in a long time. It is a definite must see for all WYD16 pilgrims. The museum is located next to the church of the BVM in the building that the St JPII lived as a child. It recounts significant events in both his life and the life of Poland. The museum uses the latest interactive technology creating both an informative and moving museum. This museums places JPII in a real context rather than creating a cultic figure. The Museum really should be included on the itinerary of everY pilgrimage.

Briefing Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Celebrated Mass in the beautiful Franciscan Church after walking to Blonia Park. Blonia Park is the site of the key events of WYD Week with the exception of the final Mass. It is a beautiful green space very close to our accommodation. We had the opportunity to see the accommodation options at AGH which are very good.

Corpus Christi KRAKÓW

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Today is a national holiday in Poland. The Famil Group had the privilege of celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi in the forecourt of Wawel Castle outside the Basilica. The liturgy was very rich and touched each of us. We then joined hundreds of Poles in the great Corpus Christi procession lead by the Cardinal. It wound its way through the narrow streets to four altars for Godpel readings, homilies and Benediction. The procession ended in front of St Mary’s Basilica in the old town square. The pageantry was amazing as were the homilies. I was lucky to be with our Chaplain who could translate for us.

The Black Madonna

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Travelled to Czestochowa today to experience Poland’s Spiritual Heart. The monastery complex which houses the icon is very beautiful with many chapels and places for prayer and contemplation. It was becoming busy in the build up to Corpus Christii which gave us a little taste of what is to come next year. There were many groups from all over Poland and the world. It was a unique experience to have time in the space and to gaze upon Our Lady of Czestochowa

Around Warsaw

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Warsaw is a very beautiful city. We spent a lot of time exploring the old town, which was totally destroyed in the war. It has been rebuilt and looks amazing. The city has a lovely feel to it. We had a very successful meeting at the Embassy where we were able to brief consular staff on plans for next year. We learnt a lot about the history, very turbulent history, of the city and the impact it has had on their faith.

Beautiful Warsaw

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Warsaw could easily be described as the city of Churches. Many of the buildings of Warsaw were destroyed in the Second World War. Great efforts have been made to restore them Ove the 60 years since the war. One of my favourite churches was one dedicated to Our Lady, the rearodos is decorated with necklaces. It is a beautiful Church.
I found my way around the city easily, stumbling across the outline in tiles of the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto. That was a bit of a surprise.The famil group celebrated Mass for Trinity Sunday together in a meeting room at our motel.