Bishop Robert J. Brennan celebrated Mass Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph to observe World Youth Day. He urged youth teenagers from across the Diocese of Brooklyn to be like St. Joseph, cast off fear, and “Don’t be afraid to give yourself to Jesus.”
Even though World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon is a long two years away, nothing is stopping the Diocese of Brooklyn’s young people from starting to celebrate it now.
Two years may seem a ways off, but the Diocese of Brooklyn is already planning for the intercontinental edition of World Youth Day (WYD), scheduled to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023. Father Gerard J. Sauer, diocesan director of pilgrimages and pastor of St. Patrick’s in Bay Ridge, said the diocese is keeping health and safety measures in mind and remaining attentive to COVID-19-related news and updates.
Pope Francis’ decision to move the local celebrations of World Youth Day from Palm Sunday to the feast of Christ the King addresses the pastoral needs of local churches, said Father Joao Chagas, head of the youth section of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
Pope Francis has agreed with a recommendation by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life to postpone by one year the next gatherings of the World Meeting of Families and World Youth Day.
A year after World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the impact of the pilgrimage is still being felt by local youth who attended the event. About 200 Catholics from Brooklyn and Queens went to Panama, along with 700,000 young people from around the world looking up to deepen their faith and listen to Pope Francis.
Announcing the themes for the next three World Youth Day celebrations, Pope Francis called on young men and women to meditate on the path of Christian life that God has called them to walk.
I wanted to come on this pilgrimage because I believe that there is a transformation to come.
Balancing the role of pilgrim and reporter at my first World Youth Day in Panama was a challenge met with miles of walking, talking and being present in the moment. For so many of the pilgrims who shared their story with me, they hoped for transformation and change within their own spiritual lives. Living their faith out loud in their daily lives have been met with opposition and judgment at times.
The Tablet asks students from around the Diocese of Brooklyn a question for the opinion section of the Youth page. This week: World Youth Day Pilgrims