Sun, fun, faith and the Pope, too? How could anyone pass up the chance to attend World Youth Day? World Youth Day, or WYD, is an international celebration first organized by the Catholic Church in 1985 under Pope John Paul II.
St. Joseph Church invites anyone and everyone to sign up with the Diocese of Des Moines to take a trip to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The theme for the pilgrimage is “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Although WYD is celebrated locally almost every year, the international events only occur every two or three years, with this year’s taking place July 23 – 28. The festivities are meant to celebrate the youth in the Catholic faith, but all ages are welcome to join the event, which is anticipated to have more than 3 million attendees.
The week leading up to the event is filled with all kinds of spiritual activities and mission work as well as cultural events with other youth from around the world. The actual event will be six days of prayer, music, reconciliation and other fellowship opportunities. The newly-christened Pope Francis will even be present to lead the masses. For more about the event, go to www.worldyouthday.com.
So if you’ve been waiting to get away with your family to a foreign land, but unsure of the territory, what better way to do it than traveling with the Diocese of Des Moines. Check out www.dmdiocese.org/wyd for more information. Space is limited, so if you are interested make your trip reservations today. Pack up the kids and don’t miss the chance to visit the site of the 2016 Olympics and see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue while you’re there. Fun and fellowship with other faith followers under the sun. What more could anyone ask for?
For more news on St. Joseph Church, visit the website at www.saintjosephchurch.net, and swing by 1026 N. Eighth Ave. for one of many scheduled days of service, including Sundays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. or Saturdays at 5 p.m.