The Archdiocese of Denver has released the final line-up for the 1993 World Youth Day 20th anniversary celebration, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 15, on the grounds of the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization at 1300 S. Steele St. in Denver.
Popular speaker and author Chris Stefanick will be the master of ceremonies for the afternoon program, which will begin at 4 p.m.
The free event will feature testimonies from author-speaker Mary Beth Bonacci, Fe Católica Viva editor Ana L.Galván de Tiscareño, and consecrated laywoman Cara Rhyne, who participated in World Youth Day in 1993, as well as Father Giovanni Capucci, who began his journey to the priesthood at the event.
Katherine Bauman, who proclaimed the first reading during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil last month—just feet from Pope Francis and before an estimated crowd of 3.2 million people—will also be on hand to share her experience.
Participants will also enjoy video testimonies featuring Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, the archbishop of Denver from 1986-1996,Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, Dr. Ted Sri, co-founder of the Augustine Institute, andMsgr. Edward Buelt, key organizer of the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver.
Music will be provided by Shaun Garrison, of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, award-winning Spanish-language choir Trigo de Jesús, and well-known World Youth Day speaker and musician, Steve Angrisano.
The Archdiocese of Denver will show a short film featuring new interviews from those associated with World Youth Day in 1993 and archival footage of Blessed John Paul II’s visit to Denver.
Denver ArchbishopSamuel J. Aquila will celebrate Mass at 6:30 p.m.
Special notes about the outdoor Mass:
On Friday, Archbishop Aquila announced that he will bestow the papal blessing with a plenary indulgence at the Aug. 15 Mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of Denver’s World Youth Day.
The Mass will also celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A diocesan bishop may bestow this blessing three times a year on a solemn feast, according to Church law. Archbishop Aquila chose the solemn feast of the Assumption of Mary, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of WYD, as an appropriate opportunity to impart the special blessing with the attached indulgence.
An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sin. To gain the indulgence, three conditions must be fulfilled several days before or after the imparting of the indulgence: sacramental confession, eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the sovereign pontiff.
The three conditions do not have to be fulfilled on the same day, however, it is most fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention Holy Father be said on the same day.
What: 2013 Summer Spiritual Theology Series Who:Conferences by Dr. Anthony Lilles Where: Shrine of Saint Anne (7555 Grant Place, Arvada), in the Parish Center When: Wednesdays in July and August from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Cost:Free to the Public The Year of Faith invites us to examine some of the inexhaustible riches of Christ in our tradition so that we can better participate in the new work of evangelization the exigencies of our time and our society demand. Among these treasures we find the beautiful awareness that the saints enjoy of the presence of the Risen Lord at work in the world. This mystical wisdom, a wisdom that is given through contemplation, is the key to the renewal of the Church and the new evangelization for us today just as it was for them in their day. We will see that by allowing us to glimpse the glory they know, the great saints and mystics propose powerful reasons to embrace the discipline of the Christian life and to renew our own dedication to daily prayer. Each evening will feature two forty five minute lectures on the spiritual theology of a different saint followed by fifteen minutes of disccusion. The saints to be explored are as follows:
Pope Francis is inviting all Catholics across the globe to join him in prayer.
According to the official website for the Year of Faith, on Sunday, June 2, 2013, "the Holy Father will preside over a special Eucharistic adoration that will extend at the same time all over the world involving the cathedrals and parishes in each diocese. For an hour, at 5pm (Rome time), the whole world will be united in prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament."
June 2 is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, a celebration of the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.
Due to the fact that the scheduled hour will coincide with Sunday Mass in most parishes across the United States, the US bishops have suggested holding a special hour of prayer at a more suitable time that day.
In the Archdiocese of Denver, all the faithful are invited to join in this special hour of prayer at 3:00 p.m. on June 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 401 E Colfax Ave., Denver.
Families, couples, singles and seniors across the Archdiocese are sharing their faith stories after traveling to the Year of Faith pilgrimage sites this year. Liz Randolph of Christ the King Parish in Evergreen said, “Throughout the whole pilgrimage it just felt like the Holy Spirit was on my shoulder. I think God was guiding my steps the whole way.”
Another pilgrim, Judy Healy from Immaculate Conception Parish in Lafayette, said, “It’s such a feeling to know that all these Catholics are all over the world and we’re all joined in the same faith.”
The deadline to submit pilgrim passports and maps is May 19 in order to receive a Year of Faith lapel pin, recognition in the Denver Catholic Register and certificate signed by Archbishop Aquila.
The Augustine Institute will have registration up on their website in a few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact Lucas Pollice (firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-937-4420 ext. 114), or visit http://www.symbolonrcia.org/.
Hosted by the Archdiocese of Denver. The theme is “Open the Door of Faith”, and the date is August 24 (8am-4pm). The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel at 3801 Quebec in Denver. More details to come soon.
Vatican City, 24 April 2013 (VIS) – A press conference was held this morning in the Holy See Press Office to presentat the next two events scheduled for the Year of Faith: the Day of Confirmands (27-28 April) and the Day of Confraternities and Popular Piety (3-5 April). Participating in the press conference were Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Bishop Jose Octavio Ruiz Arena, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.
Archbishop Fisichella explained that the common denominator of the events, which will take place in Rome with the Holy Father, will be “of highlighting pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter. That is why, the day before, the participants will take part in a symbolic procession from the obelisk in St. Peter's Square to the tomb of the Apostle where they will pray the Creed. Along the way there will be a brief catechesis to recall the significance of the places that we find ourselves at and their historic meaning for the faith.”
The first event will take place this 27-28 April and will be dedicated to all those who have or who will receive receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. “Already more than 70,000 youth, accompanied by their catechists and priests, have signed up. This presence shows the enthusiasm with which they have joined in the initiative and the great turn-out that we should expect.”
For the first time, Pope Francis will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 44 youth from around the world, symbolically representing the entire Church. “They are youth,” the archbishop said, “ who show the face of the Church there where people are living and suffering, to give all hope and certainty for the future.” But there will not just be youth in attendance since there is no uniformity on the age at which to receive the Sacrament and the ages of the confirmands who are coming stretches from 11 to 55.
The second important event, which over 50,000 persons have already signed up for, will take place from 3 to 5 May and will be dedicated to popular piety. The Confraternities, particularly from the countries where the tradition is strongest, will give witness to the different local traditions that have resulted from a religiosity that has been expressed through the centuries with initiatives and works of art that have lasted to this day. The event's culminating moment will be Mass celebrated by the Pope on Sunday at 10:00am in St. Peter's Square.
It will be “a moment of faith,” the prelate concluded, “that finds, in the simplicity of the expressions of popular piety, its most deep-rooted core in our people who live these signs uninterruptedly as a reminder of the faith of previous generations and as a tradition that should be witnessed to with courage and enthusiasm.”