If you are a young adult minister, a parish volunteer, a parent or grandparent, a priest, deacon, sister or brother, or a bishop looking to take action for the young adults you work with we encourage you to start with our Top 5 Initiatives.
1. Get your young adults involved in the Synod 2021-2023
What is the aim of this Synod?
This Synod is intended as a Synodal Process. The aim of this synodal process is not to provide a temporary or one-time experience of synodality, but rather to provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term. A basic question prompts and guides us: How does this journeying together allow the Church to proclaim the Gospel in accordance with the mission entrusted to Her; and what steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church?
Everybody can actively participate in the synodal journeying with his/her prayer. The Synodal Process is first and foremost a spiritual process. It is not a mechanical data-gathering exercise or a series of meetings and debates. To help people in praying and sharing their prayers, the www.prayforthesynod.va website has been implemented.
You can also find more resources for your parish or organization at www.usccb.org/synod.
2. Get your young adults involved in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform
Caring for our brothers and sisters means caring for the home we share.
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a space for institutions, communities, and families to learn and grow together as we journey towards full sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology. You are warmly invited to join this community. Your unique “culture, experience, involvements, and talents” are needed on our journey towards greater love for our Creator, each other, and the home we share. (LS 14)
3. Get your young adults involved in World Youth Day each and every year
The next Global Celebration of Young People for Local Communities will be celebrated on November 20, 2022.
Every year, the Church is called to reflect upon and celebrate youth and young adults. The Global Celebration of Young People takes place annually on the Solemnity of Christ the King. The next one of these will take place Sunday, November 20, 2022, in every diocese and community around the world, including at the Vatican with the Holy Father. See the Christ the King Annual Celebration page for more information. See also the USCCB Guidebook for the Global Celebration and also the Spanish Edition Guidebook, as well as the "Abbreviated Version" of the Guidebook.
The next international World Youth Day will be celebrated in Lisbon, Portugal on August 1-6, 2023.
The international World Youth Day celebration takes place every 2-3 years, typically in the summer months and on a major scale. The next one of these will take place from Tuesday to Sunday, August 1 to 6, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal with millions of people and Holy Father. The international festival of faith in Portugal in August 2023 will be a chance for pilgrims around the world to come together with young people from every continent to pray, worship, and celebrate the Catholic faith. See the International Celebration page for more information.
4. Get your young adults involved in service work
Young people often have a heart for service and justice and there are many organizations that will welcome them with open arms to make the world a better place. Beyond your local organizations there are a number of Catholic entities that are full of ideas, including: Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Volunteer Network, Education for Justice and the Ignatian Solidarity Network, USCCB Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, Catholic Extension, and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. There are also organizations like Project Rachel, the Knights of Columbus, 40 Days for Life and others that would love to have your help!
5. Get your young adults involved in the 2024 National Eucharistic Revival
Over three years, every Catholic diocese, parish, school, apostolate, and family is invited to be a part of renewing the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This Revival launches on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022. Over the next three years, dioceses will host Eucharistic Congresses and processions. Parishes will increase or begin Eucharistic Adoration. There will be a revival of faithful adherence to the liturgical norms in all their richness – the ars celebrandi. Families and friends will gather in small groups to learn and pray together. Filled with the flame of charity from the reception of Jesus in the Eucharist, missionary disciples will go to the margins, recognizing the mystery of Jesus’ presence in the poor. All of this will culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost fifty years. From July 17-21, 2024, thousands of Catholics will journey on pilgrimage to Indianapolis to personally encounter Jesus in the Eucharist and be sent back out into their parishes and communities.
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