Watch the Catechesis delivered by Cardinal Sean O’Malley and mass at the Vivo Rio Centre, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, on Friday, July 26, 2013
I don’t know why, but this World Youth Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Cross. It is partly because the Cross is the symbol of WYD (very clearly displayed as the WYD Cross). But there are other reasons. I began this journey reflecting on the adventure of walking alongside Jesus hoping to encounter Jesus. At some point in that journey, we are bound to encounter the Cross.
The Feast of St. James was this past week on July 25, and I had the wonderful opportunity to be the Deacon of the Mass with Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia. Being up on stage in such a prominent role was an emotional experience. Coleridge spoke about martyrdom because St. James, the brother of St. John, was the first disciple to be martyred. He was beheaded by King Herod. But this is the disciple who asked Jesus if he and his brother could sit at His right and at His left. Jesus asks them if they are willing to drink from the same chalice that He will drink. They respond yes, not understanding at all what that meant. Surely, at the time of his martyrdom, St. James would have been reflecting on the journey of the last couple of years. Finally, understanding and filled with grace, he did drink of the chalice. His encounter with Christ meant giving it all. Archbishop Coleridge also reminded us of the tragic train derailment in Spain that had taken place that morning. Forty-five people lost their lives. They were on their way to Santiago de Compostela, where the shrine dedicated to St. James is located. Pilgrims on a journey lost their lives.
While I was setting up the altar, Sarah Kroger was singing “Run to the Cross.” I kept thinking about all those who’ve come to the Cross. Those who’ve been martyred, but more so those who have given so much of their lives: parents, lovers, children, believers, pilgrims. What are you willing to die for? What are you willing to live for?
And that is a huge part of WYD. We come seeking to encounter Christ and we suffer hunger, we have to walk, we sleep on the floor. There are lineups and there is rain. Things are delayed and sometimes cancelled. You get sick and get blisters. This is the Christ who says “follow me” and then takes us where we don’t expect to go.
On Wednesday when Pope Francis visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, he spoke about the openness to being surprised by God. That has to be an important part of our faith. It has to be part of our spirituality. It definitely has to be part of our attitude if we want to survive WYD!
Last night, during our coverage of the Thursday Papal Welcome Ceremony, live from Copacabana beach, as we were being entertained by a beautiful display of Brazilian music and dance, representing the vast culture and faith of this country, a country whose roots are seated deeply in the Cathollic faith, the satellite signal was lost. We were not able to continue our coverage. Thankfully, our team in Toronto was able to adjust, switch satellites and show the coverage from Vatican TV with commentary in English from Vatican Radio.
Compared to the families who lost loved ones in that train derailment in Spain, our “adjustment” is of no consequence. Compared to the people who live in the Community of Vaghinas, the favela slum that Pope Francis visited Thursday morning, our frustrations are nothing. Still, God calls us, everyone in our own way, to let Him lead, let Him decided, let Him be God.
WYD has always been for me a time of transformation. I pray that as we go through into the “Triduum” portion of the week, with Friday’s Way of the Cross, Saturday’s Vigil and Sunday’s Closing Mass, we remain open to being surprised by God and not afraid if we see the Cross as we turn a corner. On the other side of the Cross is freedom.
I don’t think that I can drink of the chalice. I don’t want to drink of the chalice. But I trust that when the time comes, I will be given the Grace to respond as the sons of thunder, James and John did: “yes, Lord, we can!”
Watch the Catechesis delivered by Archbishop Mark Coleridge and mass at the Vivo Rio Centre, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, on Thursday, July 25, 2013
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan celebrates Mass at the Rio Vivo Welcome Center in Rio de Janeiro on July 24. The site also will feature prayer and worship experiences, music, media and videos, motivational speakers, cultural presentations and networking activities for World Youth Day pilgrims. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Watch the Day 2 Catechesis with Archbishop Mark Coleridge, LIVE from World Youth Day 2013 at the VivoRio Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The word “catechesis” means an education in the faith, with a view to initiate the hearers into the fullness of Christian life. One of the principal activities of World Youth Days (WYD) are the catechesis sessions taking place in churches, schools, arenas and other venues throughout the vast city of Rio de Janeiro. Led by cardinals and bishops from around the world who are invited by the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL), catechesis is a moment of reflection and an in-depth examination of the WYD theme offered by the Pope. For the Rio 2013 World Youth Day, the theme is “Go and make disciples among all the nations” drawn from Matthew’s Gospel 28:19. Young people from different countries, speakers of a same language, gather together with priests, bishops, and cardinals, to pray and meditate on the Word of God and its impact on their lives.
The Catechesis sessions occur on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the World Youth Day week, i.e., July 24-26. The formal program begins at at 9:00 a.m. with praise conducted by a group of volunteers selected by the PCL. Then, the catechist bishop begins the proclamation. Each session welcomes a different bishops or cardinals each day.
After the bishop or cardinal has given his meditation on the particular theme, the World Youth Day pilgrims can pose questions to the presenter who guides the catechesis session. The activities close with Holy Mass presided by a catechist bishop and concelebrated by priests who hear pilgrims’ confessions alongside the morning program.
As of today, there will be 267 catechesis sessions spread out throughout the city of Rio. The Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião in the centre of Rio and one of the pavilions in the Riocentro exhibition and convention centre in the Jacarepaguá area will be hosting the largest number of pilgrims. They both have a capacity of 5000 Portuguese speaking pilgrims.
Catecheses sessions will be given in Portuguese and Spanish, the two most widely spoken languages among pilgrims. There will be 133 venues offering catecheses in Portuguese and 50 in Spanish. Other venues will be divided as such: 25 venues allocated to English language catecheses, 15 to Italian, 15 to French, 8 to German and 5 to Polish catecheses.
The catechesis will be held in 20 different languages, including Arabic, Croatian, Danish, Slovenian, Greek, Czech and Russian.
As previously mentioned in a bulletin last week, one of the major English language catechesis sites will be at the Vivo Rio Pilgrim Centre. This is a performing arts facility in the eastern Flamengo area of Rio, on the shores of Guanabara Bay, not far from other World Youth Day activities around the city. The facility is accessible by the city’s metro system, making it convenient for World Youth Day pilgrims traveling in from around the area. The use of the centre has been made possible through a generous grant from the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. Journalists and media are most welcome to visit this site and have access to young pilgrims, youth leaders and bishops from the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and several other English-language countries.
See these two press releases from the United States and Canadian Bishops’ Conferences for more details about the Vivo Rio venue.
- World Youth Day In Rio De Janeiro To Host English-Language Site (USCCB – USA)
- Over 1,000 Canadian youth going to Rio for World Youth Day 2013 (CCCB – Canada)
Catechesis Sessions for WYD 2013 in Rio
The themes of the three catecheses are linked to the general theme of the 28th World Youth Day “Go and make disciples of all nations!” (cf Mt 28:19). Bishops and cardinals are encouraged to bring their own personal testimony to the catecheses. They could also tell the young people about some of the positive and interesting role models that abound – saints, outstanding young people (i.e. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Blessed Chiara Luce Badano, or other patrons and intercessors for WYD 2013).
Bishop catechists speak on the theme of the day for 20-30 minutes initially. This will be followed by sufficient time for a question-and-answer session in which young people have the opportunity to address questions to the bishop.
When preparing their catecheses, bishop catechists often refer back to Pope Benedict XVI’s Message to the Youth of the World for the 28th World Youth Day. In the case of the Brazilian World Youth Day, many bishops will refer to the concluding document of the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Aparecida in 2007 on the theme: “Disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ, so that our people may have life in him”.
The catechesis themes
Wednesday, July 24 – 1st catechesis
Theme: Thirsting for hope, thirsting for God
Thursday, July 25 – 2nd catechesis
Theme: To be Christ’s disciples
Friday, July 26 – 3rd catechesis
Theme: To be missionaries: “Go forth!”
Scripture Readings for the Masses following Catechesis Sessions
Wednesday, July 24
Mass of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
First Reading – Hosea 11: 1, 3-4, 8c-9
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 102 (103): 1-4, 8, 10, 17-18a.
®/ The Lord is kind and merciful
Gospel Mt 11: 25-30
Thursday, July 25
Mass for the Feast of Saint James, apostle
First Reading – 2 Corinthians 4: 7-15
Responsorial Psalm Ps 125 (126): 1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
®/ Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing
Gospel Mt 20: 20-28
Friday, July 26
Mass for the New Evangelisation
First Reading: Colossians 3: 12-17
Responsorial Psalm Ps 21(22), 26, 27ab, 28ab, 30c, 31, 32
®/ I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters
Gospel Lk 4: 14-22a
Photo: Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York presents catechesis to a group of pilgrims at a church in Madrid Aug. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
You can now visit the Madrid11 website and look for all the locations for the Catechesis Sessions.
The Catechesis Sessions traditionally take place from the Wednesday to Friday of WYD. In Madrid they will be on Wednesday August 17th, Thursday August 18th, and Friday August 19th, at 10:00 am. Every day there will be a different bishop at each location and the sessions are organised by language.
This year, rather than assigning Catechesis sessions to the registered participants, the WYD National Office invites pilgrims to go to the catechesis session closest to their accomodation.
The largest English-speaking Catechesis Site will be at the Knights of Columbus and Sisters of Life-sponsored Love and Life Site, housed in the Palacio de los Deportes (Av Felipe II, s/n, 28009). At the Love and Life Site Catechesis sessions will be led by three bishops, one from Australia, one from the U.S. and one from Canada. These Catechesis Sessions will be broadcast live at WYDTV on www.wydcentral.org on those three days, and on S+L TV’s digital cable network, August 17-19 at 9am ET (6am PT). Each Catechesis Session ends with daily Mass.
For more information about S+L TV’s WYD coverage visit www.saltandlighttv.org.
“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf Col 2:7)
Wednesday 17 August: Firm in the faith
Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, 2
- Heb11: 1-2, 7-11
- Psalm: Lk 1: 68-75
(R/ Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people)
- Mt 14: 23-33
Preface of the Holy Spirit II, Eucharistic Prayer III
Thursday 18 August: Established in Jesus Christ
Votive Mass of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
- Acts 4: 8-12
- Psalm: Is 12: 2-6
(R/ Our help is in the name of the Lord)
- Mt 1: 18-25
Eucharistic Prayer IV including Preface
Friday 19 August: Witnesses to Christ in the world
Mass for the Evangelisation of Peoples
- Rom 10: 9-18
- Psalm 95
- Mk 16: 15-20
Eucharistic Prayer of Reconciliation I including Preface