WORLD Youth Day (WYD) is an event for young people organized by the Catholic Church. It was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985.
For the first celebration of WYD in 1986, bishops all over the world were invited to schedule an annual youth event to be held every Palm Sunday in their dioceses. It is celebrated at the diocesan level annually, and at the international level every two to three years at different locations.
In July 2013, World Youth Day will be held in Brazil.
The Episcopal Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will send 188 delegates to Brazil. This doesn’t include groups going to Brazil on their own.
The Church has designated Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed Pope John Paul II as the patron saints of the event.
Enthronement of Nuestra Señora del Carmen icon
The newly restored image of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Basilica Minore de San Sebastian in Quiapo will be enthroned on July 12, 3 p.m., said Fr. Rommel Rubia, parish priest.
It will be a special day for devotees of Del Carmen. Novena Masses begin today at 5:30 p.m., until July 15. Feast day is July 16.
I will always be grateful to my good friend, Nicky Legaspi, for inspiring me to be devoted to Del Carmen. Nicky lives near the basilica and has stories to tell about the miraculous intercession of Del Carmen.
‘Nana Ciso’ pilgrimage
Pilgrims from all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces have been visiting St. Andrew Church in La Huerta, Parañaque, on Saturdays since June for the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Buen Suceso (or Nana Ciso). The pilgrimage will last until August.
Pilgrims come for the 6 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. Masses, said Niel Feliciano, president of Cofradia de Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of Good Events).
Fr. Rolly Agustin is the spiritual director.
Niel told me that his sculptor, Allan Biglang Awa, from whom he buys religious statues, needs to sell his ivory face of Our Lady of Guadalupe to raise money for the spinal surgery of his son Allen. For details, text Allan at 0926-8352581.
Mass of Remembrance
The Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls (PWHS) will hold a Mass of Remembrance tomorrow, 11 a.m., at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel on the lower level of Immaculate Conception Cathedral on 40 Lantana St. in Cubao, QC.
A priest will give confessions before and during the Mass.
The latest Catholic publications are set to be showcased at the 17th Philippine Academic Book Fair, the annual five-day event organized by Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (Abap), starting tomorrow till July 12 at Megatrade Hall 1, L/5, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
Paulines will launch two books during the fair: “Go: Plant A Tree. Have A Child. Write A Book.” by Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz, on his musings about the significance of trees, children and books; and “The ABC of Faith: A Short Proposal for the Year of Faith and After” by Giacomo Biffi.
San Pedro Calungsod book
Other books by Paulines Publishing House include “Pedro Calungsod: Young Visayan Proto-Martyr” by C.G. Arevalo, SJ; “Inviting God In: Scriptural Reflections and Prayers Throughout the Year” by Joyce Rupp; and “Celebrating Mary in Church Doctrine and Filipino Devotion” by Gerardo Laureta Guiuan.