World Youth Day USA Guides Stateside Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 43

Spiritual Preparation ministry announcements) in advance of the If the goal of a local World Youth Day stateside gathering, consider offering short pilgrimage is to help young people encounter moments of spiritual formation (prayers, Jesus, then spending time in spiritual Scripture verses, catechesis, explanations, etc.) preparation is essential both for the event for those who might be attending your events. planners and participants. In addition, prior to the stateside celebration, In the publicity for the stateside celebration, you can begin to physically gather together or during the event itself, spend significant local youth and/or young adults for prayer, time talking and providing moments for catechesis and formation, service and mission pilgrims to reflect on the idea of going on work, and/or for Eucharistic liturgies. Doing pilgrimage (and self-identifying as “pilgrims”). this will expand the scope and exhibit to the This will enable the participants to more fully community (and young people) that World enter into the experience, just as those who Youth Day and pilgrimages go beyond one- travel overseas to the international World day or weekend events. You may even offer Youth Day are fully immersed there. or host a preparation event in collaboration with those leading an international pilgrimage to World Youth Day in your local area. Ask yourself questions about how prayer can be a powerful component of the preparation efforts for you as a pilgrim leader. In addition, PLANNING TIP how is your planning team praying together Think big. Utilize an event like the stateside World Youth Day pilgrimage to help lay the foundation for ministry growth in your parish, region, or diocese. for one another and for the young people who will be participating? How can you encourage individuals, colleagues, or particular groups in parishes or collaborating organizations commit to praying for the Determine your big- picture spiritual and ministerial goals and allow WYD to grow that possibility. For example, if you want to grow a small group ministry, use the small groups during your World Youth Day celebration and plan a postWYD small group series. success of the stateside celebration and for the youth and young adults who may embark on the stateside pilgrimage? In local communications (website, bulletins, social media, parish or youth/young adult 41