World Youth Day Pilgrimmage 2013- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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World Youth Day (WYD) is an event sponsored by the Catholic Church. The purpose of World Youth Day is to promote the gospel message in and for the young people of the world and present an opportunity for universal prayer and praise amongst them, with the Holy Father. The Church will celebrate the next international WYD July, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 


“The principal objective of the Days is to make the person of Jesus the centre of the faith and life of every young person so that he may be their constant point of reference and also the inspiration of every initiative and commitment for the education of the new generations”

– Pope John Paul II.

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.









David Krejchi

McDonell Alumni David Krejchi (Class of 2003) has attended two international World Youth Day celebrations: 2008 and 2009. WYD 2011 was attended by over 3.5 million pilgrims. WYD continues to be strengthened in joy and anticipation. Organizers expect 5 MILLION attendees in 2013.

“I found out you can go anywhere in the world and recognize Catholicism just as it is in Chippewa Falls.”
David Krejchi’s experience at WYD was a great boon to his faith. David stated that his experiences at WYD helped him grow in his personal faith and helped bring the universal aspect of Catholicism into focus.  David extorts all who are interested in going to Brazil in 2013 to take a leap of faith and find the fundraising avenues needed to get there because "it is worth it".


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.

Deacon Tom Kinnick, S.T.L.
715.723.4088 ext 105
tmkinnick723ataol [dot] com

Chippewa Falls Youth Ministry
1316 Bel Air Blvd
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Mr. Emilio Aita, M.A.
715.723.9126 ext 3319
emilioaitaatcacs [dot] k12 [dot] wi [dot] us