Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

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Witaj w domu: Welcome home to our Pilgrims.

Having walked in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II our parish Pilgrims are back, safe and sound. It was a very enlightening and enriching experience and over the next few weeks some of the Pilgrims will share their thoughts with us.
The group stayed in Krackow (a city that survived the destruction of the second world war) and from there visited the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, Yasna Gora (The shrine to the Black Madonna), Wadowice (where John Paul was born) and other places associated to the Great Pontiff.

Visits to the Salt Mines, the marvellous Wawel Castel, the universities, churches and other artistic gems gave a glimpse of the cultural, spiritual and historical wealth of the Polish nation. The visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was a stark reminder of the horrors that man can inflict upon man and of the terrible sufferings that this nation has endured.
The intentions of all our parishioners were remembered in Mass and prayer during the pilgrimage in all these special places.

Congratulations to all involved!

 

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel Cathedral

Wawel castle

Wawel castle

Wawel Castle 2

Wawel Castle 2

Wadowice church This is where little Karol Wojtyla's was was baptised

Wadowice church This is where little Karol Wojtyla’s was was baptised

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was smuggled into Poland during the Stalinst era

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was smuggled into Poland during the Stalinst era

Statue of St. John Paul II's Parents

Statue of St. John Paul II’s Parents

Streets of Krakow

Streets of Krakow

The Font where St. John Paul II was Christened Karol Józef Wojtyła

The Font where St. John Paul II was Christened Karol Józef Wojtyła

 

 

Main Altar Shrine of Divine Mercy
Jane , our  guide telling Peter  he's WRONG !!!!

Jane , our guide telling Fr. Peter he’s WRONG !!!!

Jane telling everyone they are wrong......

Jane telling everyone they are wrong……

Altar and image of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Altar and image of Our Lady of Czestochowa

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Pilgrimages aren't just about fasting and penance.

Pilgrimages aren’t just about fasting and penance.

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Laughter and Joy

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Shop in Cloth Hall

A shop inside the Cloth Hall, Krakow market square 216
Courtyard of Jagiellonian University

Courtyard of Jagiellonian University

St. Mary's Church Market Squre (where young Fr. Wojtyla ministered as a young priest

St. Mary’s Church Market Squre (where young Fr. Wojtyla ministered as a young priest

St. Florians, Krakow where Fr. Woltya ministered especially to the Students of the city

St. Florians, Krakow where Fr. Woltya ministered especially to the Students of the city

St. Faustina' Convent

St. Faustina’ Convent

St Mary's Church Market square, from top of tower a bugler plays on the hour every hour in remembrance of a sentry who alarmed the city to approaching forces

St Mary’s Church Market square, from top of tower a bugler plays on the hour every hour in remembrance of a sentry who alarmed the city to approaching forces

Shrine of Divine Mercy

Shrine of Divine Mercy

Shrine of Divine  Mercy

Shrine of Divine Mercy

River Vistula - where some of the group took a cruise on the last day.

River Vistula – where some of the group took a cruise on the last day.

Pilgrims enjoying the afternoon River Cruise

Pilgrims enjoying the afternoon River Cruise

Piazza in Wadowice

Piazza in Wadowice

Pallotine church

Pallotine church

Pallotine Church  where we celebrated our last Mass in the city on day of deparute.  Here we received a most gracious welcome.

Pallotine Church where we celebrated our last Mass in the city on day of deparute. Here we received a most gracious welcome.

Outdoor altar at Czestochowa, black madonn

Outdoor altar at Czestochowa, black madonn

Ornate Carriages to explore Krakow

Ornate Carriages to explore Krakow

Old Streets of Krakow

Old Streets of Krakow