World Youth Day 2016




The Holy Father made the following announcement at the end of World Youth Day last July in Rio de Janeiro: “we have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Through Our Lady’s maternal intercession, let us ask for the light of the Holy Spirit upon the journey that will lead us to this next stage in our joyful celebration of faith and the love of Christ”. Planning for diocesan-wide participation in this event is in progress. If you have young adults in your parish who might be interested in going, please contact me so I can keep everyone updated as plans unfold.

The next planning meeting is scheduled for June 15 at 2:00 PM, Ss. James and Patrick parish, Decatur.   Contact Kyle at (217) 698-8500 for information on how to join in.  Promotional material will be posted as in comes available.

Pope announces themes for World Youth Day

(Source: Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has decided on the themes for the next three World Youth Days. These mark a three-year itinerary of spiritual preparation that will culminate with the international WYD with the Successor of Peter scheduled for Krakow in Poland in July 2016.
29th World Youth Day, 2014
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).
30th World Youth Day, 2015
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8)
31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7)
The three themes are taken from the Gospel Beatitudes. In Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis asked the young people “with all my heart” to read the Beatitudes again and to make them the action plan for their lives: “Look, read the Beatitudes: that will do you good!” (cf. Meeting with the youth from Argentina gathered in the Cathedral of São Sebastião, 25 July 2013).

The purpose of World Youth Day is threefold

  1. Putting Trust in the Young

    World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.

  2. Gathering Together

    World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world's youth. A calling for the world's youth to come together as one people.

  3. Meeting the International World on a Human Level
    It is still a marvel in this the 21st Century to exchange with others and to be a part of an international experience. International events are able to stir much hope but also many fears (increase in fundamentalism, nationalism and other new conflicts. . .) The Church and Christians themselves have a role to play in preventing the development of these fears, and in aiding each person in finding their way and discovering hope.