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Friday, August 12, 2005

Pre-Departure Message #1

Dear Friends,

This comes to open a dialogue with you and others who wish they were going to World Youth Day 2005 with the new Holy Father but are unable to do so. This writer is blessed enough to be going to Cologne for this great event.

This blog will bring you daily reports on the events and people in Cologne, Bonn and Dusseldorf, the three cities hosting WYD. I will be travelling with a party that includes Jim Caviezel and his wife Kerri; Clarence Gilyard and his wife Elena and their three children; Rachel, Paul and Max. We have several others including Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which includes Family Rosary and Family Theater. I happen to be charged with serving as the director of Family Theater Productions in Hollywood, CA.

The motto of our organization comes from Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, "The Family that prays together stays together."

We are sponsoring a major English language event at World Youth Day on Friday, August 19, at the UTL Arena in Dusseldorf from 2 PM to 6 PM. We will welcome Jim and Kerri Caviezel to address the assembly, then we will screen the film "The Passion of the Christ." Thanks go to Mel Gibson for donating a copy of the film for this event. Finally, we will pray the five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in five different languages. Clarence Gilyard will also speak, he is best known for his role on "Walker Texas Ranger."

I hope you will spread the word about this great event.

More later. Please pray for us and we will return the favor gladly.


Fr. Willy Raymond, CSC.

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