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National Celebration of World Youth Day 2016 [Free Resource]

Did you know there is a World Youth Day message and theme from the Holy Father every year - though there may not be an international gathering? Recently the Pope Francis chose the first of the beatitudes as the themes for the upcoming World Youth Days celebrations.

2014 - Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they will inherit the Kingdom of God

2015 - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

2016 - Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

About the National WYD Celebration

Though celebrated on Palm Sunday throughout the rest of the world, the United States celebrates the annual World Youth Day each year on the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time. This year, it's on Sunday, October 23, 2016 but you can celebrate it when it best suits your parish/diocese.

Dioceses and parishes are invited to celebrate the young people in their respective communities. It’s a time to celebrate the gift that young people are to the Church.

To help you celebrate in your dioceses and parishes, check out this great resource, “Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Will Be Shown Mercy” Preparing for the National Celebration of the 31st World Youth Day written by Susan Searle. She provides you background information about World Youth Day, this year’s theme, ideas for sharing the news with bulletin announcements, ideas for your parish youth ministry, ideas for the Sunday liturgical celebration of World Youth Day, and more.

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