World Youth Day USA Guides Stateside Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 37

Schedule your stateside pilgrimage or offer an Based upon the vision of success, your opportunity for breakouts on different topics audience, event summary, the date and time, or language groups. What catechetical topics and the budget allocated, the next step is to would be most valuable for your young identify the components you want in the people to hear? What inspiring local or schedule. You may want to consider mirroring regional speakers could you invite to offer the components of the international World catechesis? Consider inviting your local Youth Day pilgrimage (see the most updated bishop(s), if they are not attending the schedule at international event, to offer catechesis to mirror the international pilgrimage. Take some time to reflect upon what might motivate the pilgrims in your community to PLANNING TIP celebrate World Youth Day: Is it meeting new Consider how opportunities for evangelization and catechesis can happen informally through conversation. Invite local priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, and lay ecclesial ministers to be present at the event in prayer and talk with local pilgrims. people, being a part of a large-scale event, experiencing the universality of the Catholic Church through the lens of a new culture, encountering the Pope, experiencing the same things as international pilgrims, the heritage and culture of the United States (or Poland), or are there other factors or reasons? Prayer and Liturgy During World Youth Day, pilgrims are invited When developing the schedule, also consider to set aside worldly distractions and set out on the components of the international WYD pilgrimage to encounter Christ, the Church, gathering to integrate into the stateside event. and other pilgrims. Even though your group may not be traveling far, consider how you Catechesis can help your pilgrims enter into a distinct During the international World Youth Day time and space for their local pilgrimage pilgrimage, catechist bishops from around the through prayer. Some of the most powerful world offer catechetical sessions related to the prayer experiences at World Youth Day come World Youth Day theme, as well as at the end of the week with an evening evangelization and mission. Consider offering Stations of the Cross service (on Friday), a at least one catechetical session as a part of walking journey to the final liturgy site and an 35