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In our lead story on page one this week, we provide a lot of information, including a schedule, for an event that is one year and three months away.
BY Father Owen KearnsPublisher
In our lead
story on page one this week, we provide a lot of information, including a
schedule, for an event that is one year and three months away.
It may seem like much ado about
something far, far away. But that is precisely the point. Australia is far
away, and traveling there takes some doing. We want to make certain that young
people — and their families, parishes and apostolic groups — start thinking
about Sydney and planning for it now.
After all, the more people who go to
World Youth Day, the better it is for the whole Church. World Youth Days
transform young people’s understanding of the Church, through catechesis,
confession and fellowship with other Catholics.
something intangible happens at World Youth Day. To be among throngs of young
people just like them, cheering and praying, makes a deep impression on
pilgrims. It changes young people’s perception of the Church. If before they
associated Catholicism with old people or dull activities, they begin to see
what Pope Benedict saw when young voices cheered him in his first appearances
“The Church is alive!” he said at
his installation Mass “The Church is young!”
The Church is young, and getting younger.
If World Youth Day Catholics are the future of the Church, then the Church’s
greatest days are ahead of it, not behind it.
So, look to the Register to keep you
updated on the latest regarding the next World Youth Day — and look to the
website WYD2008.org to start making your own plans now.
Young people have already started
raising the money they need to get to Sydney in July 2008. Some are selling
subscriptions to the Register and Faith & Family magazine to raise money.
To learn how to partner with us in your fundraising efforts for this or any
other purpose, visit: E-ZFunds4U.com.