October 26 or 27, 2018      9:00 am - 2:30 pm
UIC Pavilion, Chicago      525 S. Racine Ave

A Middle School Event Like No Other!

Join and support our middle school Catholic youth at Holy Fire, virtually, as we bring a special collection beyond the walls of the University of Illinois Chicago Pavilion during our closing Mass. Make an impact by giving the experience of Holy Fire to a middle school youth. Every dollar collected during Holy Fire Chicago goes towards helping send middle school and high school youth as well youth ministers to one of NFCYM's national events.

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Ticket Prices

  • $35 – August 16 until October 1

  • $40 – October 2 until October 22

  • $45 – After October 23

Notes on Tickets

  • Every person attending Holy Fire (chaperones included) must purchase a ticket to enter the facility for the event. All tickets are the same price based on day of purchase.

  • All ticket orders will be mailed out beginning October 2. Tickets purchased online within one week prior to event must be picked up onsite at the Will Call entrance the day of the event.

  • Online orders require credit card payment. To pay by check, please e-mail Bonnie Waltz (bonniew@nfcym.org) with number of tickets and event date and include all your contact information. Ticket price will be charged based on date of e-mail request.

  • Questions about ticket sales? Contact us

Holy Fire Chicago 2018 Promotional Video

Why participate in Holy Fire?

Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. We believe that a joint witness of thousands of young people and their prayers will help them see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.

Who should attend?

All 6th to 9th grade students from parish religious education and youth ministry programs and Catholic schools, together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, parents, chaperones, and pastors from throughout the Midwest region are invited. 

When is it?

Friday, October 26 OR Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm.
Doors open at 8:30 am daily. 

Where does it take place?

UIC Pavilion, Chicago, 525 S. Racine Avenue

Preparing Group Leaders for Holy Fire

Event information is posted here for all Group Leaders. Please note that all attending must bring their own lunch and each group is responsible for obtaining their own permission slips in accordance with their diocesan, parish and/or school policies and procedures. Permission slips WILL NOT be collected by event organizers, they are to be retained by each group leader.

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Overview of the Day

Schedule of Events
for Friday and Saturday

8:30 am     Doors Open

9:00 am     Warm Up Events

9:30 am     Opening Concert with Josh Blakesley Band

10:00 am   Welcome with Noelle Garcia

10:20 am   Keynote: Paul J. Kim

11:00 am   Noelle Garcia and Josh Blakesley Band

11:30 am   Lunch (Bring Your Own) - Music/DJ, Concessions, and Reconciliation Stations

12:10 pm  Josh Blakesley and the Holy Fire House Band

12:25 pm  Keynote: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

12:50 pm  Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Eucharistic Procession, and Exposition

1:30 pm    Celebration of the Eucharist with Cardinal Cupich

2:30 pm    Holy Fire Concludes

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Leader Resources for Forming and Preparing Young People for Holy Fire

Use the resources below to help form and prepare the young people for the Holy Fire event and the faith messages and experiences they will be participating in throughout the day.

What to Expect - a handout written for young people to help prepare them for Holy Fire.

Pre and Post-Event Formation Sessions -  faith formation sessions to help further form and catechize young teens on the faith themes that will be touched upon during the event. Excellent for use in Catholic school and parish faith formation and youth ministry settings.

On the Bus Questions - a series of questions for leaders to use with young people both during the trip to the event and for processing the event on the ride back.

Post Event Evaluation - Please have all youth and adults who attended Holy Fire Chicago complete this survey within two weeks after attending Holy Fire.

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Help Us Help Others Experience a Holy Fire!

After your group experiences Holy Fire, we invite you to join together with others in a virtual collection to benefit the NFCYM Scholarship Fund which will help give the experience of Holy Fire to other middle school youth. Every dollar collected goes towards helping send middle school and high school youth as well youth ministers to one of NFCYM's national events.


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For More Information

Michael Theisen
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Phone: 202-674-4209


This event is produced and presented by NFCYM.
Archdiocese of Chicago is our sponsoring host.