Simultaneous WYD2016 Celebrations Guidelines


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,

Executive Secretary

WYD2016 Group Orientation

More than a month after the Orientation of the Group Leaders and Assistant Leaders last August 15, some of the groups registered with ECY-Philippines, the official delegation of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth to the World Youth Day (WYD) 2016, organized their own Group Orientation that strengthened their preparation for the WYD2016.

These groups met with their respective members to present and explain the application process established for the ECY-Philippines, and to elaborate on how they can prepare together for the WYD2016 not only in relation to the requirements but also to their being pilgrims (to see their photos click here).

Around 500 individuals from different groups representing particular churches, youth organizations, schools and other settings are expected to join the CBCP-ECY delegation to the WYD2016.

To welcome greater participation, the ECY is extending the registration of a group in this delegation until October 15.  Similarly, the application of individuals, whether belonging to a group or not, is extended until December 11.

For inquiries, please email

Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for WYD Krakow

We have got used to living in a very comfortable world. Life gets easier and easier, that we can have an impression that life is good. Meanwhile, when we get down to what the average man’s life is, we can see a lot of evil and suffering. Unemployment, lack of perspectives, sickness, all add to the fear and uncertainty that seems to accompany people, including younger people, every day. Christians in this crazy world try to bring hope. World Youth Day, organised in different places around the globe, lights up the youth to bring that hope. We are aware, that alone we are weak, that we are have many difficulties, that is why we seek the power in God.Christian prayer is the time, when we learn how to be poor in spirit. Only then we are able to see, how little it really depends on us and our creativity. Choosing that way of communication with God, as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, first we want to show ourself that God is the one, whose actions are needed. Not us, with our actions and ideas, but Him. We want to, with a Saint Paul, show each other that the love of God is free and our actions can only be the result of his action inside each of us.Pope Francis is the one who invites us to be close to people who are in bad way. “To you young people I especially entrust the task of restoring solidarity to the heart of human culture. Faced with old and new forms of poverty – unemployment, migration and addictions of various kinds  we have the duty to be alert and thoughtful, avoiding the temptation to remain indifferent. We have to remember all those who feel unloved, who have no hope for the future and who have given up on life out of discouragement, disappointment or fear. We have to learn to be on the side of the poor, and not just indulge in rhetoric about the poor! Let us go out to meet them, look into their eyes and listen to them. The poor provide us with a concrete opportunity to encounter Christ himself, and to touch his suffering flesh.”

The invitation to everyday common prayer with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a specific response to the task that the Holy Father gave us. Every Sunday of Lent, we encourage you to pray in the communities, families, circles of friends, in your environment, with the intentions proclaimed in the message of Francis Pope for World Youth Day 2014. Join us! Let us bring together the hope of God’s love to the world.

A couple of questions about the Chaplet
What is the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy?This is a unique prayer which was dictated by Jesus Himself – He is the author. The prayer reminds us that Jesus gave His life for us out of love. It serves as a reminder how much we need God and His mercy. We need Him, the whole world needs Him.What does the prayer say?

Maybe in the first place this prayer shows how worthy you are in God’s eyes. The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus – that is what you offer to God the Father: His only Son. You offer Jesus, who put himself in your hands. Each Holy Mass reminds about that mystery.

What is most important in the Chaplet?

Trust – it’s crucial to agree with what God wants for you and for the whole world, and to believe that it is the best. To ask with trust means to know that God will answer your call in the best moment and in the best way, and not necessarily as you have planned it. He is God. Do you trust in Him?

How do we know about the prayer?

From the “Diary” of Saint Faustina. In her book, we learn that Jesus entrusted her a mission to remind the whole world of His mercy, and to encourage all peoples to trust in Him and show mercy towards each other. We learn that He gave her new ways of worshipping the Divine Mercy: the Chaplet, the prayer during the Hour of Mercy (3pm), the Image of Merciful Jesus, a new feast – the Divine Mercy Sunday, as well as proclaiming the glory to the Divine Mercy by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer.

What promises are related to the Chaplet?

The promises were made by Jesus himself, and they were written down by Saint Faustina in her “Diary”. Jesus asks us to trust in Him, i.e. to fulfill His will, and to be merciful towards each other. Such a lifestyle joined with the prayer of the Chaplet has a great power. Jesus said: “It pleases me to grant everything people ask of me by saying the Chaplet” (D. 1541), adding “if it is compatible with My will” (D. 1731). “By saying the Chaplet, you are bringing humankind closer to me” (D. 929). “Every soul (…) who says this chaplet, I defend as My own glory, at the hour of their death; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul” (D. 811).

Why at 3 pm?

You can pray with the words of the Chaplet at 3pm, but you don’t have to. You can say this prayer at whatever time during the whole day – always and everywhere. Whereas when the clock strikes 3pm, you are invited to stop and be with Jesus in His last moments when He is offering His life for you. You can pray to Him in your own words referring to His passion. Exactly at 3pm – that is a special time of love during the day.

An interesting detail

During a meeting held at the Vatican on Sunday November 17, 2013, Pope Francis prescribed “Misericordina” as a spiritual medicine which comes from Poland. In a box similar to a medicine box you can find rosary beads, a picture of the Merciful Jesus, and a small leaflet with information about the “medicine”. The Pope encourages us to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, noting that it helps to spread love, forgiveness, and brotherhood.  It does us good: the heart, the soul, our whole life!

More information at
The abbreviation D. refers to Saint Faustina’s “Diary”, and the number refers to the particular part of that book. You can read the “Diary” at

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