WYD | Stateside is an outdoor, overnight experience for high school youth and young adults from the dioceses of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and our neighboring and regional (arch) dioceses. The celebration will take place in Lancaster, Pa., July 30 and 31, 2016. In conjunction with WYD in Krakow, Poland, we celebrate with Pope Francis the theme “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” Matthew 5:7.
We understand that the cost, time and distance of traveling to an international World Youth Day can be prohibitive to many of our youth, young adults, schools and parish groups. It is with this in mind, and in answer to the call from the USCCB to provide stateside events to engage our young people in World Youth Day, that we present this overnight vigil in the Diocese of Harrisburg and invite the young people of our region.
The Diocese of Greensburg will be participating in this experience. One bus has been reserved to date, but additional buses will be added if this event gains interest among the young people of our diocese.
The Diocese of Harrisburg seeks to present a series of events similar to those that will occur in Krakow - a pilgrimage walk, Stations of the Cross, opportunities for confession and adoration, Mass, concerts, catechesis, an outdoor overnight candlelit vigil. They also hope to provide domestic pilgrims with a pilgrimage experience that will enable them to ‘visit’ Poland, get to know St. John Paul the Great, and learn about the Divine Mercy Chaplet and luminous mysteries of the rosary.
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- Some information taken from the HGB Stateside website.