Simultaneous WYD2016 Celebrations Guidelines

DIOCESAN YOUTH DIRECTORS, COORDINATORS and LEADERS
YOUTH MINISTERS in the NATIONAL COUNCILS of FNYO-MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS YOUTH MINISTERS in PARISHES, CAMPUSES, YOUTH GROUPS, etc. 

Your Excellency:

Greetings in our Lord who is Mercy!

The 31st World Youth Day will take place this year, on July 26-31, in Krakow, Poland; within the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, this event becomes the Jubilee of Youth.  Aside from the international meeting taking place in Poland, simultaneous celebrations in other dioceses around the world are also encouraged.  May we then invite your ecclesial community, possibly through your youth ministry office, to celebrate this jubilee in your own particular church and the settings therein.

The Episcopal Commission on Youth prepared a set of guidelines which we hope will be helpful in planning and preparing this simultaneous local celebration.  On a related note, as we journey towards 2021, the 500th year of the Christianization of our country, we are including the conceptual plan of the Youth Forum, our proposal as the particular participation of youth ministry in this pilgrimage we are making as Church in the Philippines.

We trust that you will welcome this suggestion, making possible the participation in the WYD2016 of our young people in spirit.  After the event, we kindly ask that a report form be accomplished and sent back to us for the purpose of documentation and evaluation.

Thank you for your kind attention and continued support to youth ministry!  Imploring the Lord’s mercies upon you and your communities, especially the families, I remain

Yours in our Eucharistic Lord,

Rev. Fr. CONEGUNDO B. GARGANTA
Executive Secretary