As faithful throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrate Holy Week, the most sacred time on the Christian calendar, the Archdiocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry program is working with parishes and schools to create programs rich in catechesis for the benefit of young people. A sampling of such activities is listed below.
Select Youth and Young Adult Ministry Holy Week Activities
in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
(Operation Growl—A Service Initiative to Combat Hunger) Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Saint John Chrysostom Parish; 617 South Providence Road; Wallingford, PA 19086 (Delaware County)
The Saint John Chrysostom Parish Youth Group will participate in Operation Growl, a continuous 24 hour observance of fasting, prayer, and service.
Their efforts will be focused on raising awareness of persistent hunger issues in society and raising funds to provide meals for those in need. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. on Holy Thursday and concludes on Good Friday.
(Youth Pilgrimage) Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Isaac Jogues Parish; 50 West Walker Road; Wayne, PA 19087 (Delaware County);
Saint Katharine of Siena Parish; 229 Windermere Avenue; Wayne, PA 19087 (Delaware County);
Saint Norbert Parish; 50 Leopard Road; Paoli, PA 19301 (Chester County)
Youth group members from these three parishes will take part in a pilgrimage to several area churches after Holy Thursday Mass. In the Catholic tradition, a pilgrimage consists of a physical and spiritual journey that seeks to honor God and build an individual’s relationship with Him. Following the pilgrimage, a social will be held at Saint Katharine of Siena Parish in Wayne.
(Eucharistic Adoration) Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph Parish; 404 Charles Street; Coatesville, PA 19320 (Chester County)
Saint Joseph Parish will provide free transportation to promote the tradition of visiting area churches for Eucharistic Adoration on the evening of Holy Thursday. All are welcome to join in this traditional observance of prayer that is reflective of the vigil the Disciples kept with Christ on the Mount of Olives after the Last Supper, at which Christ instituted the Eucharist.
(Flowers in Memory of the Faithful Departed) Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish; 143 Highland Court; North Wales, PA 19454 (Montgomery County)
Teenagers from the Saint Rose of Lima Parish Youth Group will be joined by their parents on Good Friday to package and deliver flowers to fellow parishioners who have experienced the loss of a loved in one in the past year.
(Living Stations of the Cross) Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Parish School; 205 Church Road, Oxford, PA 19363 (Chester County)
Sacred Heart School invites parishioners and friends to attend a student presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross. The children will be dressed to reflect the historic period of Christ’s life while recreating the events of the Stations of the Cross in a vivid and prayerful manner.
Note: For further information on Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.phillycatholicyyam.org or call 215-587-3760.