ARCHBISHOP John Bathersby of Brisbane is inviting young people, their families and friends to attend the launch of the Queensland pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany.
The launch will be held on September 22 at 7.30pm at the O’Shea Centre, Wilston.
Brisbane’s Parish Youth Ministry Services (PYMS) has started a World Youth Day 2005 e-newsletter providing prospective pilgrims with information about the pilgrimage and World Youth Day in August 2005.
With the one-year countdown already started, the e-newsletter will update young people who were part of a previous World Youth Day pilgrimage and help those who might be interested in finding out more about the event.
Other diocesan and youth groups across the country gathered last month to launch their World Youth Day campaigns and begin preparations to travel together to the celebrations.
More than 35 dioceses and youth groups will make up the Australian delegation to Cologne, including Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, who launched their campaigns on August 15.
In Melbourne archdiocese, about 1500 people attended a Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by a barbecue lunch, and more than 200 past and prospective World Youth Day pilgrims attending a World Youth Day information session.
Archbishop Dennis Hart commissioned Melbourne’s World Youth Day Cross to begin a journey through the archdiocese.
Sydney marked the beginning of the countdown with an information session attended by about 300 young people before holding a youth Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.
In Perth, 1000 people attended Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral concelebrated by Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth and 16 priests, before about 500 young people attended a Youth Expo.
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