Chance for Students to Win Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
27 Nov 2015

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP addresses young people at the WYD16 launch.

Sydney's Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) is giving public school students currently in Years 9 or 10 the opportunity to win fully paid pilgrimages to World Youth Day 2016 in Poland via Prague.
CCD trains and supports Sydney's large network of volunteer Parish catechists who provide religious education and formation to 27,000 Catholic children in public schools across Sydney.

Now CCD is offering those students currently in Years 9 and 10 (Years 10 and 11 in 2016) a chance to win their way to World Youth Day.
CCD Director Douglas Mawhinney said that almost half of all Catholic school-age students are enrolled in state schools, many of whom receive formation from volunteer Parish catechists.

It is hoped that a pilgrimage group of seven CCD competition winners will join the more than 500 students from Sydney's Catholic secondary schools and an estimated additional 600 others who have finished school, as well as Sydney's Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, in making the pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Krakow.

Not only will the winners receive a trip to World Youth Day, they will receive pilgrim formation prior to the event and follow up support so that they might continue opening their lives to Christ. 

Archbishop Fisher said that he was very much looking forward to leading Sydney's school students and young adults from the Archdiocese on their journey of faith.  Addressing young people at the official launch of Sydney's WYD pilgrimages, Archbishop Fisher said that it will be an "enormous privilege" to accompany the young people of Sydney to WYD.

Sydney's youth are eagerly anticipating WYD16:

Extending a personal invitation to the young people of Sydney to attend WYD, Archbishop Fisher said that it would lead them to experience the good, better and best of the Christian life and "delight in being a Catholic rather than having to keep quiet about it."
With WYD16 just 8 months away, and the Year of Mercy commencing in a little over two weeks, excitement next year's WYD on the theme "Blessed are the merciful" is building dramatically.

Mr Mawhinney spoke of the long history between the CCD and World Youth Day.  He said that CCD sponsored a young Parish Catechist to attend the very first World Youth Day, and that same person is now a Public Primary School Principal "with a real heart for Catechists serving our Catholic kids."

Mr Mawhinney is encouraging Parish Priests to approach any families within their Parishes who may have current Year 9 or 10 public school students and invite them to enter the CCD competition.

Students wanting to enter the competition need to handwrite 300-500 words or submit an artwork with a reflection about why they would like to go to WYD as a pilgrim.  Entries need to be endorsed by a Priest, preferably the student's Parish Priest. 

Students should contact CCD on 9307 8330 as soon as possible or email for a parental permission form and further information.