Diocesan Fall Kick-Off, MERCY IS found WHERE MERCY IS given
Due to the overwhelming response to our Kick-Off … we will unfortunately not be able to accept walk-ins on Friday evening. Registration is closed.
You're invited to the Our Diocesan Fall Kick Off on October 23, 2015 from 7pm to 10 pm
St. Agnes Parish Center, Rockville Centre
Mass ~ Guest Speaker
Ice cream ~ contest ~ t-shirt ~ fun
Our Opening Mass will begin at 7pm
Our Presider will be Fr. James Hansen, newly ordained in June and presently the youngest priest in our Diocese.
Fr. Hansen grew up in Franklin Square, was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Sienna and graduated from Kellenberg.
We are happy to have Fr. Hansen with us for our Diocesan Kick-Off! Chris Padgett will be the Presenter for the Night
Chris is a friend to our Diocese who has appeared many times over the years. Now, he's back to help with our Diocesan Kick-Off "Mercy is Found Where Mercy is Given" ... for those who don't know Chris, he's a brilliant songwriter, musician, speaker and worship leader who travels around the world giving talks, missions and concerts. Known for his sense of humor and ability to reach all audiences, we are truly blessed to have Chris with us for October 23!
Pope Francis Declares a "Year of Mercy"
In honor of our upcoming "Year of Mercy" declared by our Holy Father, our theme for this year's Youth Ministry will be "Mercy is Found Where Mercy is Given".. Mercy is not always easy to find .. nor is it always easy to give .. may this be our challenge this year as we begin our journey together... The year of Mercy begins on December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and ends on November 20, 2016 the feast of Christ the King.
"I have often thought about how the church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy," It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion.
For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary jubilee that is to have the Mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy.
We want to live this year in the light of the Lord's words: 'Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful' - Pope Francis
World Youth Day - Krakow 2016
July 24, 2016-August 2, 2016
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy"
Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985, as an annual
gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith. Since
that time, World Youth Day (WYD) has been a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically
celebrated every three years in a different country. The next World Youth Day will be celebrated in
Krakow, Poland from July 24, 2016-August 1, 2016!
WYD is open to all youth and young adults who want to take part in a spiritual encounter with their
contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This pilgrimage is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. WYD is a unique way to deepen one's faith and to grow closer to Christ through prayer and sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share
The same interests and ambitions. During the week of World Youth Day, there will be a complete cultural agenda in addition to the events with the Pope. Once released, the main events of Krakow 2016 will
be posted under the official World Youth Day site at http://www.krakow2016.com/en/.
Join us on our World Youth Day pilgrimage experience this awakening and rejuvenation of faith that is not just a day or a week, but an ongoing journey!
For more information about Diocesan Pilgrimage, please click here.
To learn more about the Days in the Diocese, please click here.
To register for World Youth Day with the Diocese, please go to www.pilgrimages.com/drvc If you are not registering with a particular group, please join the Diocesan Group for College and Young Adults.
WYD Pilgrimage tour
WYD Waiver for Minors (For youth participants under 18 traveling without parent)
WYD Terms & Conditions
Days in the Diocese
Please feel free to contact the Marianne Sheridan, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Phone: 516-678-5800, ext. 615 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Youth Day - 2016 Official Prayer
God, merciful Father, in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman. We entrust to you, in a special way young people of every language, people and nation: guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
Heavenly Father, grant that we may bear witness to your mercy. Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt, hope to those who are discouraged, love to those who feel indifferent, forgiveness to those who have done wrong and joy to those who are unhappy. Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
NCYC - November 19-22, 2015
NCYC is a four-day experience of prayer, community and faith for Catholic teenagers in Grades 10-12. Truly, NCYC is a "WYD" Experience, without leaving the country. I had the opportunity to be with 5,000 of my "closest" friends two years ago - in prayer, in praise and worship - in laughter! Watching our young church together from all across the country, is an experience you will never forget - I know I haven't - nor have the 87 young people who went two years ago! How do I know this, because whenever I meet them at different events, each one says the same thing - "When are we going back to NCYC" ... Take a look at the video and see for yourself! Our young church is alive and well and ready to be challenged to grow deeper in their faith!
"The Poor have much to teach you .... You have much to learn from them. ... St. Vincent de Paul
Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
This past year, the young people from our parish youth groups, high schools, college and young adult groups, took Pope Francis words to heart and participated in 28 Midnight Runs. What is a Midnight Run? It's the opportunity to allow the Christ that each of us holds inside to meet the Christ in another. By serving the poor, we become one with them as Jesus did. Through these Jesus Runs groups bring food, clothing, conversation and hope to those who are materially poor. These Jesus runs help us to bring the Church out to the streets as we embrace those whose only experience of Church may be through the eyes an hands of those who serve them.
If you are interested in either participating in one of these runs, have your group do a sock, hoodie or backpack drive or make toiletry bags please contact Marianne Sheridan at email@example.com. I would be happy to do o presentation for your group and to help you organize your own run.
Thank you for all you are doing in your youth groups to encourage our young people to be aware of the needs of others.