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Updates from Poland

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Our World Youth Day 2016 Video

Please watch this video slideshow about our trip to Krakow for World Youth Day.

WYD 2016 from Saint Paul on Vimeo ...
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Tuesday, August 2nd

Our last day in Zakopane was spent experiencing the outdoors the way John Paul II did with his own youth group when he was a parish priest in Kraków. Our group had the choice of taking a long hike through the woods to have mass by a lake, or to ...
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Monday, August 1st

The hotel in Zakopane is set right in the middle of the mountains and after an unbelievable thunderstorm during the night, we woke to a misty, rainy and cool day which was a welcome relief from the heat of the last few days in Kraków. After breakfast, prayer and singing, ...
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Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st

What an amazing two days it has been! Luckily we had beautiful weather for the start of the big climax of World Youth Day. We set out early on Saturday morning and walked through the Old Town one last time to Mass with Cardinal Sean at St. Mary's Church, which ...
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Friday, July 29th

After breakfast this morning we posed for a group photo with the staff from the hotel who have been so great to us. All public transport is free for pilgrims and the tram system is great especially since we have a stop right outside our hotel,so we took the ...
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Thursday, July 28th

We started a little later today and had small group sessions where we talked about our highs and lows, and moments on the pilgrimage where we have felt God's presence in a new or deeper way. It is good to be reflecting on these things as we go because otherwise ...
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Wednesday, July 27th

We made it to our early breakfast and then headed straight out to the Kraków Arena which has been renamed as the "Mercy Centre" for World Youth Day. All the events here throughout the week are being hosted by The Knights of Columbus.  The whole city is full of ...
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Tuesday, July 26th

Today started with a welcome late breakfast time of the 9:15! After breakfast, prayers and small group meetings we set out for a day exploring the city. We walked through the Market Square which is getting busier very time we go through. From the other side of the ...
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Monday, July 25th

Today started with breakfast followed by a 2 hour ride on the bus to visit Auschwitz. We had prepared our young people as well as we could for their visit and they have learned about the Holocaust at school, but nothing can prepare them for how they will feel when ...
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Sunday, July 24th

We woke up to another beautiful day in Warsaw. The temperature is around 80 degrees with a breeze which is perfect for traveling. After breakfast in the hotel we packed up our luggage, checked out and boarded our buses for Czestochowa. We headed to one of the most important ...
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Saturday, July 23rd

What a busy and amazing day we have had! Breakfast at 8:30am was a welcome late start for us after yesterday. All pilgrims slept well and looked so much better than when they went to bed last night after being up for two days! After breakfast we boarded buses which ...
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Friday, July 22nd

We are happy to reply that everyone arrived safely and all is well. We flew overnight from Boston to Frankfurt and then Frankfurt to Warsaw. We were treated to a beautiful sunset over Newfoundland. After arriving at the hotel and checking in we explored the area which is in ...
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Thursday, July 21st

We are off!  We had a beautiful Mass at St Paul's concelebrated by Fr. Laughlin and Fr. MacKay. Thank you to all who came to pray with us and to wave us off. We are about to board the plane and are excited to be on our way. We are flying ...
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Welcome!

Welcome to our blog! Our pilgrims are finishing their preparations for our departure on Thursday 21st July. Stay tuned for updates! ...
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