Journey to Mercy – A World Youth Day Celebration
Journey to Mercy – A World Youth Day (WYD) Celebration. The 31st WYD will take place in Krakow, Poland from July 26-31, 2016. Millions of young people are expected to gather with Pope Francis to encounter Christ and His Church through prayer, catechesis, service and fellowship. Over 400 young adults from different parishes from around the Archdiocese of Vancouver will be making the pilgrimage this summer. With many unable to attend the international gathering, the Archdiocese will celebrate locally through the Journey to Mercy event. The theme of the 31st WYD is from Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
St. Patrick’s Parish, 2881 Main St., Vancouver
Friday, May 27, 2016, 6pm-11pm
- For pilgrims going to WYD 2016
- For any previous WYD pilgrims
- For anyone interested in celebrating World Youth Day with the Catholic faithful in the Metro Vancouver area.
|6:00pm||Food for purchase available on-site and at surrounding vendors (St. Patrick’s Parish parking lot)|
|Japadog and The Place Next Door Canteen food trucks will be serving up food and drinks from 6pm-7:30pm. Come early to beat the line-up!|
|7:15pm||Opening Songs and learning of the WYD 2016 Theme Song (St. Patrick’s Parish Recreation Centre)|
|Music led by A Guy and a Girl|
|7:30pm||Welcome and singing of the WYD 2016 Theme Song|
|7:45pm||Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet|
|8:10pm||Blessing of WYD pilgrims by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB|
|8:15pm||“Returning to the Source of World Youth Days: Krakow 2016” – Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, former National Director of WYD 2002 Toronto will speak about the history of World Youth Days and how they began in the mind and heart of a young Polish priest named Karol. Fr. Rosica is also CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.|
|9:20pm||Polish Cultural Performance|
|9:40pm||Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver – Mr. Krzysztof Olendzki|
|9:55pm||Door prizes, Announcements, Closing song|
|10:10pm||Refreshments and socializing|
Admission is free, but we will be accepting donations (cash, clothing, non-perishable food and other items) for homeless youth which will then be given to Covenant House Vancouver. For a complete list of items you can donate, please click here.
What to bring:
- Your donations for Covenant House
- Extra $ to purchase food on-site or at surrounding vendors
- Rosary beads to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Any WYD apparel, backpacks, flags, memorabilia, pins, etc. to connect to past WYDs
- A willing heart and many friends!
Volunteers are highly valued and needed for this event. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Jamey Guerrero at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more info on the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland click here.
For info on Vancouver groups going to WYD please click here.
Photobooth pics courtesy of Enrico Custodio Photography.
Journey to Mercy Committee Members:
Gerard Garcia – Event Coordinator, Speakers
Jennifer Almenario – Hospitality, Environment
Ian Chua – Environment, Hospitality
Sheena Devota – Music, Hospitality
Lozel Escala – Promotional Materials, Sponsors/Exhibitors
Jamey Guerrero – Food Trucks, Sound, Volunteers
Linnette Ocariza – Environment, Hospitality
For inquiries about the Journey to Mercy event, please contact Gerard Garcia at 604-683-0281 or by email at email@example.com