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1 THE POPE OF YOUTH Pope John Paul II May 18, 1920–April 2, 2005

2 “JP Two, We love you” “JP Too, he Loves YOU!”

3 Overview of the Workshop Pope John Paul II’s Message to Youth World Youth Day History Applications Using Renewing the Vision

4 “Dear young people, the Church needs genuine witnesses for the new evangelisation: men and women who are capable of communicating this experience to others. The Church needs saints. All are called to holiness, and holy people alone can renew humanity.” JP II Message for Cologne

5 WORLD YOUTH DAYS “The Days in fact were born, also in response to an initiative of young people themselves, of a desire to offer them a significant ‘break’ on the on-going pilgrimage of faith, which is indeed nurtured by meetings with young people of other nations and sharing respective experiences.”

6 “The principle 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 education of the new generations.”

7 World Youth Days 1984—International Youth Gathering Rome 1986—Palm Sunday Established World Youth Day “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you.” 1 Pt. 3:15

8 World Youth Day Themes 1987 Buenos Aires—“We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love toward ourselves.” —1 Jn. 4: —“Do whatever He tells you.” — Jn. 2:5 1989—Santiago de Compostele, Spain—“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” — Jn. 14:6 1990—“I am the Vine, you are the branches.” Jn. 15:5

9 WYD THEMES 1991—Czestochowa, Poland—“You have received a spirit of sonship.” — Rom. 8: —“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel”—Mk. 16: —“I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.”—Jn. 10: and 1995—“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”—Jn. 20:21—January, 1995— Manilla, Phillipines 1996—“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”—Rom. 1:11-12

10 1997—Paris—“Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see.”—Jn.1: —“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things.”—Jn. 14: —“The Father loves you.”—Jn. 16: —Rome—“The Word became flesh and dwelt among you.”—Jn 1: —“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”—Lk. 9:23

11 2002—Toronto—“You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world.”— Mt. 5: —“Behold your Mother.”—Jn. 19: —“We wish to see Jesus.” —Jn 12: —Cologne—“We have come to worship Him.”—Mt. 2:2

12 Renewing the Vision Goal 1: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. “Freedom is the ability to live responsibly the truth of our relationship with God and with one another.” “Each of you has a special mission in life, and you are each called to be a disciple of Christ.”

13 HOW? Show them the person of Christ... in Scripture in Prayer in Every day life: yours, theirs, others

14 In Scripture Themes of WYD World Youth Day Reflections Edited by Barbara Murray, St. Mary’s Press

15 In Prayer Each program, each class should have prayer as an essential element Use different forms: liturgy of the hours, lectio divina, guided meditation, the Rosary using JP II’s Luminous Mysteries Atmosphere—Prayer Space/Change

16 In Everyday life: yours, theirs, others Faith sharing—a guided question to be shared with others Stories Witness Talks

17 Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community. “Be witnesses to the Gospel! As active and responsible members of the Church, be disciples and witnesses of Jesus Christ who reveals the Father.”

18 HOW? Through service in the parish in the community: local and global Through reflection on service Scripture passage Message: what happened, what do you think, how are you feeling? Think, reflect What further action am I called to? Prayer

19 Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. “This is the time of your ‘training,’ of your physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development.... Your training will never be finished. Christians are always in training.”

20 HOW? Comprehensive Programming Activities that provide knowledge of the faith Religious education/faith formation Activities that allow them to live out their faith Service, community gatherings, vocation talks Activities that shows the church cares for them Pastoral guidance, family support, acknowledging accomplishments, knowing their names

21 General Ideas Themes of WYD Prayer Deeper Reflection Pope John Paul II’s Addresses Podcasts Lesson plans Words/phrases: What do they mean to you? How do you/have you seen them lived out? Witness Talks from young adults who heard JP II in person

22 My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Teens on Life, Love, and Courage 52 weekly reflections Scripture Message Think about that Take action Say a prayer Did you know?

23 “This is what is needed: a Church for young people, which will know how to speak to their heart and enkindle, comfort, and inspire enthusiasm in it with the joy of the Gospel and the strength of the Eucharist; a Church which will know how to invite and to welcome the person who seeks a purpose for which to commit his whole existence;

24 a Church which is not afraid to require much, after having given much; which does not fear asking from young people the effort of a noble and authentic adventure, such as the following of the Gospel.” 1995 World Day of Prayer for Vocations


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