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From PNG to Poland

From PNG to Poland

By Mark Bowling BRISBANE teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting believes her love of the Church and the words of Pope Francis are guiding her next big challenge. She has started raising money to send 15 youths from Alotau in Papua New Guinea to World Youth Day in Poland in July. Two years ago Sarah, a woman with a zest for ... Read More »

World Youth Day is not just a mountaintop experience


WHEN someone embarks on a World Youth Day pilgrimage, the availability of daily Mass, adoration, communal prayer, reconciliation and praise and worship adds up to create countless opportunities for a tangible encounter with Christ.   After spending a week with millions of Catholics from all over the world praising God, who wouldn’t want to come home on fire for their faith? ... Read More »

Merciful like the Father

WYD welcome

I HAD someone ask me recently: “When will they organise a World Middle-Aged Day so that I can see the pope?” At first we laughed about it, and then I assured this person that just because they didn’t qualify as “youth” anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t get involved with the World Youth Day story. If there is one thing everyone ... Read More »

Cathedral youth counting down

WYD16 Gala Fundraising Dinner.

Youth and young adults (18-35 years) throughout Brisbane are brimming with excitement towards the World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland.   The Young Adult Ministry of St Stephen’s Cathedral is already counting down the days until this momentous spiritual celebration! Heralding the 30th WYD Anniversary, hosted by Pope Francis in the homeland of WYD founder Saint Pope John Paul ... Read More »

Useful Polish Phrases

Polish words

Hello Czesc Yes Tak No Nie Welcome Witamy Pleased to meet you Bardzo mi milo Goodbye Do widzenia Thank you Dziekuje* My name is Nazywam sie Help me please Prosze mi pomoc Please write that down Prosze to napisac Read More »

Food you must try

Fr Andrzej’s tips about Poland       Zapiekanka:  A long toasted baguette usually with cheese and mushroom. You can get it from many street vendors.             Paczek: The best tasting jam donut you will ever have.           Pierogi: All time favourite with Polish people. These are dumplings that can be ... Read More »

Honouring the mother of God

THE Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Poland, is one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.  Home to the beloved icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the centre of Catholic life in Poland. It will be high on the list of World Youth Day pilgrims when they ... Read More »

Days in the Diocese

WORLD Youth Day 2008 in Sydney saw thousands of international pilgrims make their way up to Brisbane for the Days in the Diocese week.  Days in the Diocese is held in the week prior to the World Youth Day festival and provides a chance for pilgrims to spend a week living in the homes of families from their host parish. ... Read More »

What to visit: Biskupin


Biskupin is an archeological site and a life-size model of the oldest Iron Age fortified settlement in Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland from 736 BC. It belonged to the Biskupin group of the Lusatian culture. When first discovered it was thought to be early evidence of Slavic settlement but archaeologists later confirmed it belonged to the Biskupin group of the Lusatian culture. The ... Read More »

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