"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 Francisâ€™ words to heart and participated in 28 Midnight Runs. What is a Midnight Run? Itâ€™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 â€śJesus Runsâ€ť 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.
World Youth Day - Krakow 2016
July 24, 2016-August 1, 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 oneâ€™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 pilgrimageâ€”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 â€“ (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.