World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

Arrival in Melbourne

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Our host parish in Melbourne met us at the airport this morning and brought us to the parish for coffee and pastries.  The pilgrims were then introduced to their host families and were taken to their homes. 

The pastor, Fr. Charles Portelli, showed me around the parish, St. Mary of the Assumption, which comprises two church communities, Blessed Mary MacKillop and St. Paul, the two neighboring churches that have been joined into one parish, yet keeping the two locations.  Both churches have large, active parochial schools (600 and 300 students).  I then had lunch with Fr. Charles and the assistant priest, Fr. John O’Connor.  Fr. Charles tells me that 60 nationalities are represented at his parish.  I thought Texas was multicultural!

The weather is cold and windy, but thank goodness the sun is out and it is not quite as cold as was New Zealand.

Tonight we will gather at the parish for a holy hour at 6 p.m., Mass at 7:00, and a light supper in the parish hall.  We will probably want to get to bed pretty early since our day started this morning at around 1:00 a.m.  There is a large archdiocesan Mass in the works for locals and pilgrims tomorrow in Melbourne.  That should be a nice experience.  Saturday we are planning to visit several churches in the city (on foot).  As Brian keeps reminding us, “remember we are pilgrims, not tourists!”

We continue to pray for our families, our parishes, our archdiocese.  We’re praying especially for vocations!  Keep us in your prayers, that this pilgrimage might truly be an experience of grace for our young pilgrims from San Antonio.

–Bishop Cantu


Written by archsa

July 10, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. Thank you for sharing about your ongoing pilgrimage with the world’s Catholic youth.
    You all are in our prayers and we join you in praying for vocations all over the world, especially in the USA.. I would like to ask that you remember me and Manuel as we celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. We are giving God thanks for the blessings of these 28 years and ask for continued strength and guidance in our marriage journey.


    your sister Leticia

    Leticia Ramirez

    July 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm

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