World Youth Day 2008 Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Plans for Office of Catholic Youth,
Archdiocese of Toronto

following information is intended to help you with your planning and
fundraising efforts. For full details about OCY’s package and
pilgrimage plans, please click on the links below. Registration for the
OCY led pilgrimage is now closed.

For photos from our OCY led pilgrimage to WYD 2005 in Cologne, Germany, click here.

OCY Pilgrimage

General WYD 2008 Information

Official WYD 2008 Website:

WYD 2008 Days in the Diocese Melbourne Website:

Click here for the newly released WYD theme song.

WYD 2008 Theme:
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you
will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)

the message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the Young People of the
World on the Occasion of the XXIII World Youth Day, 2008 click here.

Formation -
Save these dates!

Saturday, December 8, 2007
Click here for photos from the day.
GAME ONLINE! - For instructions on how to play this game, see WYD Jeopardy.

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Location: St. Paul’s Basilica
For this gathering we will meet before the WYD Palm Sunday celebration
in order to provide any updates, share as a faith community and offer
some helpful tips as you prepare for the final months before WYD 2008.

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Time & location: TBA
This will be our final gathering before we meet at the airport.

Saturday, August 23, 2008
Time & location: TBA
Following up on our WYD 2008 experience, we will wrap up our program
and look ahead, exploring opportunities to be God’s witnesses in our
daily lives.

Days in the Dioceses July 10 - 14, 2008
World Youth Days July 15 - 20, 2008

Preliminary WYD 2008 Programme:

July 10 – 14
Days in the Dioceses: cultural exchange, encounter with local Church community,
visits to local sites of interest, social service projects

July 14

July 15
Opening Mass of welcome celebrated by George Cardinal Pell, followed by concert

July 16 – 18
Catechesis (teaching) every morning and festival events in afternoon evening

July 17
Arrival and welcome of the Holy Father

July 18
Stations of the Cross

July 19
Pilgrimage walk to site of Closing Mass, evening Vigil with the Holy Father

July 20
Closing Mass and concluding events


This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.