World Youth Day - July 26 - 31, 2016 - Krakow, Poland
The U.S. Catholic Bishop's have declared the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time as World Youth Day in the United States (not to be confused with the International Celebration of WYD, which is held every 2-3 years). The National Catholic Committee on Scouting encourages Scout Leaders to join parishes across the nation in acknowledging the many gifts of our youth during Sunday liturgies on that weekend. The National Celebration of Youth Day offers all those involved in youth ministry an opportunity to highlight the gifts and joys that young people bring to faith communities.
The annual event, directed by the Holy Father, will take place in October of each year. The U.S. Catholic Bishop's, through the NFCYM, are urging all Catholics, especially young people, to prayerfully reflect on the Gifts of the Spirit.
The NCCS has been actively involved in the preparation of suggested Youth Day Activities which have been published in the 1998 World Youth Day Resource Manual. All Diocesan Leaders and Committees are urged to actively promote unit involvement. The Manual, which includes a special section dedicated to Boy Scouts is available for purchase from National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministers (NFCYM). The U.S. Catholic Bishops, in recognizing Scouting as a Youth Ministry within the Church, reaches out to our Catholic Scouts through the NCCS to offer the unique opportunity to partner with NFCYM.
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. The event is observed annually in dioceses and every two to three years at an international gathering.
THE PURPOSE OF WORLD YOUTH DAY IS THREEFOLD
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.
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.
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.