WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 - SAN DIEGO

This coming summer millions of young Catholics are coming to Poland to meet Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016.
  
In preparation for this wonderful event, we are organizing a series of special meetings for all groups from the Diocese of San Diego intending to go to Poland, as well as for everyone interested in learning more about the upcoming World Youth Day and its main theme "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Matthew 5:7). This is also a great opportunity for anyone that desires to learn more about the Father’s abundant mercy on this “Year of Mercy”.
 

WYD'2016 PROMOTIONAL MEDIA

WHY JOIN OUR MEETINGS?

  • Speakers from Poland - our speakers are originally Polish and as such will be able share many helpful and first-hand insights and information about WYD and Poland. The participants and their families will feel much more comfortable and excited about their pilgrimage as they prepare to travel to Poland.
    
  • Rich multimedia and interactive content - we will have exclusive videos and multimedia materials about WYD and Poland that will be presented during the meetings and that will make the meetings very interactive and engaging.
     
  • Community building - the meetings are also designed to build a deeper sense of community amongst all groups from San Diego preparing to travel to WYD. This will also create a natural networking environment to exchange information and experience amongst the particular groups.

TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE - 4th MEETING:

  • Location and time change for our 4th meeting:
    • ​There will be no WYD preparation meeting on April 20th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
    • Instead we would like to invite everyone to the 'Divine Mercy' retreat with Fr. Denis Phaneuf organized by St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Carlsbad, on April 22nd and 23rd. More details: link .

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • Organizers:
    • Abba Father Institute
    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, San Diego
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  • Dates:    Every 3rd Wednesday of a month,
                        January through April (4 meetings),
                        7:30pm-8:30pm
   
  • Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
                         Parish Center, Building A,
                         13541 Stoney Creek Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
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  • Goal:
    • Spiritual preparation for the WYD’2016 - understanding the main message & the context of the WYDs
    • Deeper understanding of the topic of WYD’2016: “Blessed are the Merciful”
    • Diving into the message of God’s Mercy
      
  • Format:
    • the group will meet once a month, for about 60min.
    • the meetings are open to all planning on participating in the WYD’2016, as well as to others interested in learning more abou the WYDs, Divine Mercy, Poland.

PROGRAM:

Meeting 1:   Introduction to WYD and Poland                    
  • what are the WYD / how it all started / what to expect?
  • Poland:
    • useful facts
    • Krakow and places we’re going to see
    • historical background
  • media:
    • WYD promo. videos, music theme (Polish / English version SD)
    • Poland - promo video; animated history of Poland
Meeting 2:   Saint John Paul II 
  • St. John Paul II:  
    • the phenomenon
    • the man / the Pope / the Saint
  • media:
    • “Karol: A Man Who Became Pope” movie
 
Meeting 3:   Divine Mercy - St. Faustyna                                     
  • main facts about Divine Mercy
    • why is it important?
    • how is it related to me, how is it related to WYD?
  • St. Faustyna - ‘The Diary’ / revelation / main message
  • media: “Faustyna” movie
 
Meeting 4:   "Blessed are the Merciful" & "The Father of Mercies"
  • “Dives in Misericordia” / Prodigal Son
    • being chosen, being loved / Dignity of the royal children
    • media: “Prodigal son” short movie
  • Responding to- and sharing- God’s love
    • being God’s apostles / being empowered by the Holy Spirit
    • being sent out to the world.

Send-off Holy Mass with Bishop Robert W. McElroy 
        (not a part of our meeting series, but related)
  • special Mass for the pilgrims planning on attending the WYD
  • followed by a social gathering with some Polish hallmarks  
(January 20, 2016)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(February 17, 2016)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(March 16, 2016)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(April 20, 2016)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(July, 2015)
 
  • Location and time change for our 4th meeting:
    • ​There will be no WYD preparation meeting on April 20th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
    • Instead we would like to invite everyone to the 'Divine Mercy' retreat with Fr. Denis Phaneuf organized by St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Carlsbad, on April 22nd and 23rd. More details: link .

CONTACT / REGISTRATION

  • Registration - to register for one or more meetings, please, fill in the form below or send us an email at:        
                                  Contact@AbbaFatherInstitute.org
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