We are planning an eleven-day pilgrimage through Poland. Departure will be on Friday, July 22, 2016 from Chicago flying through to Warsaw. Over these few days we will visit Czestochowa, Auschwitz and Wadowice as we head to Kraków. Once the official WYD events begin, we will participate in prayer and catechesis at various venues. The Holy Father is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, July 28 with the closing Mass on Sunday, July 31. The group will return on Monday, August 1.
Diocesan Pilgrimage Information
Registration is final for the 2016 World Youth Day pilgrimage. For registered pilgrims who need a copy of the health form, please go here: Medical_History_and_Permission_Form.pdf
To apply for a seat on the diocesan pilgrimage, please submit the application below along with type-written responses to the questions at the bottom of the application. All applications and support material MUST BE RECEIVED by close of business on Thursday, December 11 for the committee to review. Space is limited so it is important that everyone who wishes to participate submits an application in a timely manner. All applicants will be notified the following week if their application for the pilgrimage has been accepted.
Tentative Schedule of general WYD Events (NOTE: not the same as the planned diocesan pilgrimage)
World Youth Day 2016 Krakow - 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.
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.
John Paul II, pray for us.