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World Youth Day expands far beyond the physical gathering of the Holy Father that hosts millions of young people from across the world. World Youth Day is a call to all Catholic youth and young adults to renew their faith in Christ and prepare themselves for the work of the new evangelization that lies ahead. By celebrating with a diocese, parish, a group of young adults, friends, family, or watching it online, this is possible whether they are able to make the trip to the host city or choose to celebrate it in their home diocese.
"...this pilgrimage is meant for every young person and young adult, for all young people of faith, not simply those who have the privilege to travel to Krakow. So I stand before you today, my friends, as I invite every Catholic young person, every catholic young adult, every leader in our church to come together and embark with me on this great pilgrimage of faith and mercy."
-Bishop Frank Caggiano, WYDUSA Episcopal Liaison and Bishop of Bridgeport, WYDUSA Krakow Kickoff, July 7, 2015
All youth and young adults, not just those who have the means to travel to Krakow, are invited to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy for young people, as called by His Holiness Pope Francis. The USCCB encourages dioceses, parishes, campuses, and movements across the United States to host local stateside World Youth Day gatherings for youth and/or young adults this July concurrent with the international WYD events.
Here's what you can do:
As preparation for World Youth Day continues, it is highly important to remember our brothers and sisters who face restrictions due to financial, family, and other circumstances. The organizing bishop in Krakow, Bishop Muskus noted this when he discussed Krakow preparations on the pre-anniversary of the final papal mass, "We're well aware how much deprivation, unemployment, and neglect there is, and this requires from us all sensitivity and solidarity with the poorest, so they won't feel left out." World Youth Day is open to members of the Church in many capacities, and it is pivotal to be as inclusive as possible when hosting a pilgrimage or stateside gathering.
The WYDUSA office has prepared several resources to help you plan a Stateside celebration of WYD.
Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Catholic University of America and Saint John Paul II National Shrine Washington, D.C.
Use #wydDC on social media to start promoting this event!
Text wydDC to 84576 to be the first to hear about speakers, musicians, and other event updates!
Archdiocese of Chicago
Saturday to Sunday, July 30-31, 2016 (overnight)
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Des Plaines, Illinois (near Chicago)
for Young Adults (age 18-39)
Contact: 312-534-8600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check us out on Facebook!
Diocese of Norwich, Diocese of Bridgeport, Archdiocese of Hartford
July 23, 2016
Xavier High School, Middletown, CT
Contact: Liza Roach, email@example.com
Diocese of Rochester
Wednesday, July 27, Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29
St. Bernard School of Theology, St. Jude Catholic Church, Notre Dame Retreat House
Wednesday July 27 at St. Bernard School of Theology. Pittsford, NY 6PM-11PM (Ages 18-39)
Thursday, July 28 at St. Jude Catholic
Church, Gates, NY 5PM-11PM (Ages 12-18)
Thursday, July 28 at various locations (family)
Friday, July 29 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Gates, NY and Notre Dame Retreat Center, Canandaigua, NY (family)
Contact: Linda Mehlenbacher, Diocese of Rochester Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Catechesis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Archdiocese of Detroit
July 30-31, 2016
St. Mary's Orchard Lake
Join other high school aged pilgrims from around the Archdiocese for a celebration you will never forget! At the World Youth Day Home Event, we will celebrate our faith in solidarity with the millions of pilgrims gathered in Poland. Our experience will include many of the same features of the international WYD including:
Contact: Michael Chamberland, email@example.com, https://aod.app.box.com/s/cjlx6sv1q5or0yi61mod554b3kjf67p8
Diocese of San Angelo
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016
Starting on Palm Sunday 2016, the Diocese of San Angelo will host a 35 parish Cross Pilgrimage across 29 counties and 34,000 sq. miles of the Diocese. This pilgrimage will come to an end on Saturday, July 30, 2016. On that day, there will be a huge celebration at the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, TX.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
McNease Convention Center San Angelo, Tx
Keep up to date on social media by following WYD San Angelo on Twitter @sanangelowydusa.
Contact: Sr. Adelina Garcia, OSF, Associate Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocese of Sacramento
July 30-31, 2016
Trinity Pines Catholic Center (26000 Rollins Lake Rd, Colfax, CA)
All high school youth can be World Youth Day pilgrims... even if you are not going to Poland! Join us for a diocesan celebration of World Youth Day for High School teens! This overnight will include:
First 120 registered will be able to stay in dorms, all others will be able to be able to camp on site.All youth must be accompanied by a chaperone and adults must be in compliance with the Chaperone Guidelines. The required forms can be found at www.icatholicyouth.com.
Contact: Jennifer Campbell, Coordinator for Youth Ministry, email@example.com. More information about Virtual WYD.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Walking Pilgrimage from St. Francis de Sales Seminary to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill for young adult men and women (18-39)
In conjunction with Poland's World Youth Day, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been planning their own, local response to this event. From July 28-31, a group of young adults (18-39) will be walking over 50 miles on a "Pilgrimage of Mercy" from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill. Once at Holy Hill, pilgrims will enter through the Basilica's Holy Door and attend Sunday Mass here.
Over the course of 4 days, pilgrims will be spending time in prayer and community as they journey through southeastern Wisconsin. We plan to stop at numerous churches along the way, in addition to spending the nights at local parishes. Each day, there will be an opportunity for Mass, confession, a Holy Hour, formation, and prayer.
Contact: Michael Malucha, Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.thinkpriest.org/Milwaukee-WYD-Pilgrimage-of-Mercy or www.johnpaul2center.org/Brew-City-Catholic or email email@example.com. More information about the Pilgrimage of Mercy.
Diocese of Brownsville
July 26, 2016
Saint Anne Church, 17109 Coconut Palm Drive, Penitas, TX
The Diocese of Brownsville will be hosting a one day "WYD" event in our Diocese for youth 13-18 years old. This event will take place on the Feast of St. Anne at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Penitas, TX. It will take place in both Spanish and English, however the predominant language used will be Spanish. Cost is $10 per person.
Contact: Andrea Torres, Parroquia Santa Ana, firstname.lastname@example.org, 956-583-9888. More Information about Encuento Mundial De Los Jovenes
Diocese of Savannah
July 29, 2016
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
This Stateside event will be open to youth 13-18 years old. There is no cost to attend but each person should bring a box of rice, pasta, or can of fruit for the food pantry at the parish. At this event, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed via candlelight using the Way of the Cross guide found on the WYD website. This event will also include praise and worship, teen Mass, food, and a living rosary.
Contact: Michelle Craddock, High School Youth Ministry Coordinator, email@example.com
Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton
July 24 - July 27, 2016
Loyola Retreat Center, 700 Killinger Road, Clinton, OH
Come and join pilgrims for a celebration and spiritual journey you will never forget! At this Stateside WYD, we will celebrate our faith with millions of pilgrims gathered in Poland and throughout the world. You will experience fun activities, pilgimages walks, campfires, dynamic and inspiring presenters, prayer, liturgy, and live music. The Target Audience is 16 to 35 years but all are welcome (any children under 16 years of age must have an adult with them).
Contact: Julie Shocksnider, julieS@rcdcanton.org, 802-522-0802. More Information about Pilgrims with Great Dreams.
Diocese of Des Moines
July 30, 2016
St. Patrick's Irish Settlement, Cumming, IA
Come and join other young adults (18-35) for the Iowa Edition of World Youth Day. From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, there will be a multicultural coffeehouse, a live-feed video from Krakow, live talks, prayer walks, outdoor recreation, Adoration, Reconciliation, and Mass at a pilgrimage site that was visited by St. John Paul II.
Contact: Tessa Roberts, Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/dmdiocesewyd. More Information about WYD: Iowa Edition.
Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
July 30, 2016
Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Niceville, FL
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee is having a World Youth Day Celebration for Young Adults (18-39) on Saturday, July 30th from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Niceville, FL.
This event will include:
Contact: Sister Margaret Kuntz, ASCJ, Coordinator of
Young Adult Ministry at email@example.com
or 850-435-3523. More Information about this event.
Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate
July 29 - July 31, 2016
Teens and Young adults are invited to join this three day event with the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate. The registration cost is $70.00.
Contact: Sr. Mary Josita/Sr. Maria Catherine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (845) 783-2251.
Little Sisters of the Poor
July 28 - 31, 2016
St. Ann's Novitiate, Queens Village, NY
Join us for a Stateside WYD celebration with all of the events pilgrims will experience in Krakow. This event is open to young women 14-30. This event will include:
Contact: Sister Mary Richard, LSP, Telephone: 718-464-4920, Email: email@example.com. More information about this event.
If you are hosting Stateside World Youth Day experience, please feel free to submit your event (ideally, with links and promotional materials) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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