Menu
24 Hours for the Lord
AB
About Us Default
AC
Advent 2016
Aid to the Church in Need
Alix Manders
amex stadium
Anna Rowlands
Apostleship of the Sea
Archbishop Mennini
Archconfraternity of St Stephen
Art
Art of Dying Well
arundel cathedral
Arundel Cathedral 2
ascent movement
Augustino Z Davies
Austen Ivereigh
B & Hove logo
Bakhita pic
Bakhita poster
Bell
Bible Van Gogh
Bishop Bowen
Bishop Cormac 1
Bishop Cormac 2
Bishop Cormac Thumb
Bishop Crest
Bishop Dan Turley
Bishop David Cashman
Bishop Kieran
Bishop Kieran
Bishop Pastoral Lent
Bishop Richard and printer
Bishop Richard Moth
Bishop Richard Moth 2
Bishop Richard Moth 3
Bishop Richard Moth 4
Bishop Richard Moth 5
Bishop Richard Video Picture
Bishop_Carousel
Bishops Diary
Blank_For_Homepage
Blessed Virgin Mary
blue cross on yellow
Books
Brighthelm
BVIE Video
BVIE Video 2
BVoices in Exile
CAFOD
Call of St Matthew
Cantores Amicitiae
Cardinal Cormac
Cardinal Cormac at St Georges 2
Carmelites Third Order
Carousel Image 1
Carousel Image 2
Carousel Image 3
Carousel Image 4
Carousel Image 5
Catenians
Catherine M
Catholic Association of Teachers
Catholic Bible School
Catholic Charismatic Renewal 2
Catholic Deaf Association
Catholic Faith Centre
Catholic Faith Exploration
Catholic Family History Society
Catholic Medical Association
Catholic Nurses
Catholic Police Guild
Catholic Voices Day pic
Catholic Women
catholic womens league
Catholic Young Adults
CC
CES logo
Chemin Neuf best logo
Chemin Neuf Community
Chestnut Tree House
Children
Christian Life Community
Christianity UK
Church Marketplace
clerk to governors
Climate change awareness
CM
CM
Coat of Arms Main
Coat of Arms Thumb
Come and See Logo
Courses image draft
Courses Leadership
Crawley Interfaith Network
Cross AMF
CSAS
Cursillo
Deacon Annual Mass
Deacon Cross
Deacon Duncan
Deacon Ted Connelly
Deacon Ted Connelly small
DfE
Diocesan Cross
Diocesan Cross - New
Diocesan website
Diocese of Chichester logo
Divine Ren
Dominicans
Dove
DW
East Africa Crisis Appeal
East Sussex CC logo
education future
Education Service Homepage
EF at WG
Egypt Palm Sunday
English Catholic History
Ephatta
EU Referendum logo
Eucharistic Adoration Monstrance
Fairtrade Foundation
Family Groups Logo
FHC
Font
Fr Aaron Spinelli
Fr Jonathan How Scout
Fr Liam Golden Jubilee
Fr Liam Golden Jubilee 2
Fr Martin Breen RIP
Fr Robin Mountford
Fra Alessandro
Friar Alessandro2
Gaudium
Gaudium 2
Good Shepherd
Google
Graduation 2016
Grail
Grandparents Pilgrimage
Great Adventure
Hand in Hand
HCPT
HeavensRoadFM logo
Holy Door
Holy Door
Holy Land
Home Bottom Feature
Homelessness Sunday
Homepage Centre Feature
Homepage video Misc 2
Homepage video Nativity
Homepage Video Panel
Homepage video Pastoral image
Homepage video Pope
Homepage video prayer intentions
Human Trafficking
I Belong Special Resource
image holder - article
Inclusion Diagram
Interpreter
Jeff Cavins
Joannie and Julie
John Battle
jr
Jubilarians
jubilee logo
Kat People
KB
KSC
Latin Mass Society
Leadership
Leadership 2
Learning
Liturgies
Live Nativity Mayfield
Lourdes bench
Lourdes Pilgrimage
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2
Lourdes Pilgrimage Homepage
Lourdes Pilgrimage logo
lourdes2
Maintenance to Mission Video pic
marie_ryan
Marriage Matters
MF
Missio
Mother Teresa
Movement of Christian Workers
MRE tree
Music
National Catholic Scout Fellowship
National Marriage Week 2017
NCSC logo
NCTL logo
Newman picture
NGA logo
Ofsted logo
OLQOH No 10 compressed
Ordinariate
Ordination Dom Hesychios
Our Lady
Our Lady of Consolation
Our Lady of Consolation statue
Papal Coat of Arms final
Parish-portal
Pauline G Diocesan Medal
Pax Christi
PGateley
Phil Garvey pilot Woking
Policies1
pontifical commission for Protecting Minors
Pope and Deacon
Pope Francis
Pope Francis MW pic
Pope Francis Ted Talk
Pope Prayer Video Homepage May 16
Prayer Boy
Premier Logo
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II web montage
RCIA Network
Recruitment 1
Recruitment2
Refugee Newsletter
Relit
Risen
Rite of Confirmation
Rite of Election
Rite of Election 2016
Rite of Marriage
Roger Stone and Seafarer
Romero Week
Safeguarding Logo Homepage
Safeguarding signpost
Safeguarding umbrella
Safeguarding volunteer training
Safeguarding volunteers
Safeguarding volunteers
Sample Image 1
Sample Image 2
Sample Image 3
Sample Image 4
Sea Sunday 2016
Section 48 Default
Sede Vacante
Sede Vacante Thumb
Servite SI
signtest
SITE:PUBIMAGE1
SITE:PUBIMAGE2
SITE:PUBIMAGE3
SITE:PUBIMAGE4
SMUC
society of st gregory
sp4climate logo
St Barnabas Society
St Cuthmans Homepage
St Francis
St Francis of Assisi Ramblers
St George
St Jo's Spec School Countess
St Mary's University College
St Philip Howard
Surrey CC logo
survive-miva logo
Taize Birmingham
Taize logo
The Centre for Child Protection
Theos
Tom Kent
Towers School Logo
Tree test
tree1
trees1
Union of Catholic Mothers
Universalis temporary
Universalis temporary 2
Vatican
Vatican City Coat of Arms
Vatican City Coat of Arms bigger
Vatican Information Service logo
Vatican Museum
Vatican News Service logo
Vatican Website
Video Bishop Christmas Message
Video Bishop Christmas Message 2
Video Bishop Dan Flood Appeal
Video Bishop Pastoral general
Video Bishop PL 26 Sunday 2016
Video Bishop Prison Reform CBCEW
Video Bishop Prison Reform CBCEW 2
Video Homepage Bhp Richard 3
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions April16
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions April16 v2
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions March 16
Video Pastoral Trinity 16
Video Pope Francis Ted Talk
Video Pope Prayer Intention December 2016
Video Pope Prayer Intention January 2017
Video Pope Prayer Intention March 2017
Video Prayer Intentions August 2016
Video Prayer Intentions July 2016
Video Prayer Intentions October 2016
Video_Default_Homepage
Villa Palazzola
Vocations General
Vocations Service Homepage
Vocations Video image
Volunteer Missionary Movement
Walking Pilgrimage
Website Training
Wellspring
Wellspring Community 2017
West Sussex CC logo
Woldingham School Advent Service
Worth Abbey Parish
WYD A&B Logo
Year of Mercy
Year of Mercy Reflection Day
Zampini
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton News Item

Young People are Interested in Faith - Report back from World Youth Day

What’s the biggest crowd you’ve ever been in? Have a think…

The biggest football matches in this country draw about 90,000 people. Glastonbury this year drew almost twice as many. If you were at Festival 50 last July, you were probably one of around 11,000, and if you went to Big Church Day Out this year, you were in among 25,000.

As impressive as those numbers are though, a group of pilgrims from our Diocese were part of an event in last month which drew more than three million! That’s seventeen times larger than Glastonbury, and more than a hundred times bigger than Big Church Day Out. We’re talking, of course, about World Youth Day 2016. According to Wikipedia, one of the thirty-or-so largest gatherings of any kind ever!

World Youth Day started back in the mid 1980s, the brainchild of Pope Saint John Paul II. It takes place locally every year (in the UK, we mark it with ‘National Youth Sunday’ in the Autumn) but every two or three years, it’s marked with a huge international gathering. In 2011, it was in Madrid, in 2013 in Rio, and in 2016 it was the turn of the beautiful city of Krakow in Poland. 49 A&B pilgrims joined pilgrims from all over the world and, importantly, the Holy Father!

The choice of Krakow is an interesting one. Krakow, of course, is synonymous with Saint John Paul, the founder of World Youth Day. This festival gave us not only a chance to celebrate him, but also to focus on the city that produced him, together with its rich Catholic heritage.

The phrase ‘World Youth Day’ is actually a bit misleading. It all culminates in Sunday Mass with the Holy Father, but leading up to that is a week of events all focused on the host city.

For the A&B group, our journey to Krakow began on the previous Sunday, July 24th. After Fr Simon Dray said Mass for us at DABCEC, we piled into our coach and hit the road.

Our first obstacle was to clear Dover. This was the weekend where the media were reporting huge delays at Dover. Luckily, we cleared Dover with no delay at all. Proof, if proof were needed, that prayer works - we all got on the case, as did the people gathered for the Lourdes briefing back home!

The journey to Krakow was plain sailing until we hit the Polish border. The four-hour delay while the coach driver registered with the Polish authorities was an annoying setback, but it gave us a great chance to mix with thousands of other pilgrims who were in the same boat – our first taste of the crazy festival atmosphere of World Youth Day.

Ahead of the weekend, the events of WYD follow a simple format. There are three large events, attended by everyone, punctuated by a load of smaller ones.

The three large events are the Opening Mass, the welcome ceremony for the Pope, and the Stations of the Cross. The Opening Mass in particular, gave us our first taste of huge crowds, and our first chance to explore the themes of WYD. Ahead of the Pope’s arrival, it was celebrated by Cardinal Dsiwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, and John Paul’s long time secretary.

From Wednesday onwards, our days followed a simple format: Catechesis in the morning and ‘Youth Festival’ activities in the afternoon and evening. The latter was all about exploring the events put on around the city, while the former was about exploring our faith and celebrating Mass in language groups. We went to a huge arena for a programme of events laid on the by Knights of Columbus. We were lucky enough to be led in catechesis by Cardinal O’Malley of Boston and Cardinal Tagle of Manila.

On the Saturday morning, all of this came together and all of those assembled in Krakow left their accommodation to head for Campus Misericordiae – a huge area outside the city designed to hold a few million pilgrims. Since it’s impossible to get that many people in to an area in the space of a few hours, the tradition has developed at WYD that we file in throughout the Saturday and sleep out overnight! It’s not the most comfortable night’s sleep in your life, but definitely one of the most memorable. The sleep is bookended by a vigil with the Holy Father on the Saturday evening and the Mass the next day.

We were led on our pilgrimage by Fr Aaron Spinelli, the Diocese’s Priest Adviser for Youth Ministry. He was helped out by four other chaplains, who helped to animate and explain what was going on within our group and who were on hand to hear confessions and celebrate Mass for us throughout the week. One of the key things they kept telling us was that we had come to Krakow at the invitation of the Pope, but we had really come to meet Christ!

By the end of the week, it was clear that the week had affected everyone. Before we left, we talked about how we are going to continue what we’ve started back home. During his homily on the Saturday night, Pope Francis challenged those present not to be stay “on the couch!” It’s tempting, he remarked, but in reality it limits our freedom and stifles who we really are. If we want to see a change in the world, we have to bring the best version of ourselves that we can. A great challenge for young people everywhere!

See more pictures on the A&B News Blog.