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 Castle 2
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 St. John Paul II’s Parents
Streets of Krakow
The Font where St. John Paul II was Christened Karol Józef Wojtyła
Jane , our guide telling Fr. Peter he’s WRONG !!!!
Jane telling everyone they are wrong……
Altar and image of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Pilgrimages aren’t just about fasting and penance.
Laughter and Joy
Shop in Cloth Hall
Courtyard of Jagiellonian University
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. 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
Shrine of Divine Mercy
Shrine of Divine Mercy
River Vistula – where some of the group took a cruise on the last day.
Pilgrims enjoying the afternoon River Cruise
Piazza in Wadowice
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
Ornate Carriages to explore Krakow
Old Streets of Krakow