PASIG City, Aug. 26, 2016 – Still fresh from the 31st World Youth Day (WYD) held recently in Kraków, Poland, members of the Pasig Youth Ministry will spearhead its upcoming Diocesan Youth Day (DYD) on Aug. 27 to re-echo at the local level the lessons learned during biggest youth gathering in the world.
Already in its 5th year, the DYD will carry the WYD 2016 theme, “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).
“It is a one day event of learning and fun activities that will help young people in strengthening their faith and sharing their faith experiences with each other through various talks, workshops, games, and social interaction,” said Fr. Jeoffrey Brian V. Catuiran, director of the Pasig Diocesan Youth Ministry.
Visited by the Youth Cross
“Before the main event of the DYD, the Pasig diocesan Youth Cross was carried from one parish to another within the Vicariate of St. Anne to prepare the youth spiritually so that they can be ready for the DYD celebrations on Aug. 27,” shared the priest.
DYD 2016, which will gather youth ministry members and Catholic students from the cities of Pasig, Taguig, and the municipality of Pateros, will also serve as the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy for Pasig’s Catholic youth.
Hosted by the Vicariate of St. Anne Youth Council, the DYD will be held at the Colegio de Sta. Ana Parochial School Gymnasium,
located at Liwayway Street, Sta. Ana, Taguig City tomorrow, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Aside from a Holy Mass at 11 a.m. to be celebrated by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, an estimated 800 DYD participants will benefit greatly from the Sacrament of Confession which will be made available through various priest-confessors from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
According to Catuiran, the evening will feature “the different festivals of the world.”
Re-echoing WYD Kraków
To underline the importance of re-echoing the lessons learned in the Catholic youth encounter, Pope Francis pointed out to the young people during the homily at the final Mass of the 31st WYD:
“We can say that World Youth Day begins today and continues tomorrow, in your homes, since that is where Jesus wants to meet you from now on. The Lord doesn’t want to remain in this beautiful city, or in cherished memories alone. He wants to enter your homes, to dwell in your daily lives: in your studies, your first years of work, your friendships and affections, your hopes and dreams.
“May we too now try to imitate the faithful memory of God and treasure the good things we have received in these days.” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCP News)