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Sydney families pilgrimage scheduled for April

Catholic families from across Australia are being invited to make a pilgrimage to Sydney in April for a weekend of inspiration and celebration at the second National Catholic Family Gathering.

Cardinal George Pell will speak at the Gathering, which has been convened by the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life, under the patronage of Blessed Mary MacKillop. It will be held at St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill from April 16-18.

Making a return visit to Australia for the Gathering will be the popular Christopher West, internationally acclaimed US speaker and author on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

The committee asked the bishops at last week's plenary meeting to encourage families to make a not only a journey of the heart, but also a physical journey to sites of special spiritual significance including the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop, St Mary's Cathedral and Parramatta's new St Patrick's Cathedral.

"Family is where we have our deepest experiences of human relationships, our warmest, most intimate moments of love, our deepest hurts and disappointments," the committee said. "It can be a great source of comfort and strength and also a place where dreams are shattered."

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

National Catholic Family Gathering
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

5 Dec 2003