World Youth Day Pilgrimmage 2013- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The youth ministry team of the Chippewa Falls Deanery is preparing to make the pilgrimage to Brazil for WYD 2013 in order to participate in this spiritually enriching event. CFYM is fundraising for the trip through numerous activities including candy sales and concession stand sales at athletic events. All area youth are invited to join the pilgrimage, which is open to youth ages 16 and over. Pilgrims do not need to be Catholic to attend this event. Mr. Emilio Aita, youth minister for the Chippewa Falls Deanery, is in charge of the trip for CFYM. His contact information can be found at the bottom of this webpage or by calling McDonell Central High School at 715.723.9126 ex 3319.
The first World Youth Day (WYD) was held on Palm Sunday of 1986 in St. Peter’s Square of Vatican City, Italy. Two years previous, Pope John Paul II had entrusted a Spanish youth group with a large wooden cross that the Holy Father had made for St. Peter’s Basilica during the Year of the Redemption. The Holy Father requested that the youth group “carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ’s love”. The Spanish youth group took the cross to Munich, Prague, and various locations in France during 1984 until re-presenting it to the Holy Father on Palm Sunday in 1985. The Holy Father received the cross, promised to host the youth again on Palm Sunday of 1986, and proclaimed an annual World Youth Day.
“The first meeting held in St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday 1986, started a tradition of world and diocesan gatherings in alternate years, underlining, as it were, the twofold dimension, local and universal, of young people's indispensable apostolic commitment.”
– Pope John Paul II.
To share in this universal commitment, young people across the globe have been invited to pilgrimage to international World Youth Days to profess and proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. The first international WYD was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in April of 1987. Since then, WYD has been held on four continents.