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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. 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 concurrent with the international WYD events.
Planning on hosting your own Stateside World Youth Day 2022 experience? Let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for promotional assistance. In the meantime, check out our resources from WYD 2019.
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 (WYD 2016), 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.
Interested in hosting an event? Here's what you can do:
The WYDUSA office has prepared several resources to help you plan a Stateside celebration of WYD.
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