Celebrate Youth!

Learn more about the Global Celebration for Young People

Global Celebration for Young People

Pope Francis, calling for a renewal of the celebration of youth in the local churches, announced that beginning in 2021 he would “transfer the diocesan celebration of WYD from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday. The centre of the celebration remains the Mystery of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Man, as Saint John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, always emphasized.”

The next Global Celebration of Young People takes place on: Sunday, November 21, 2021.

A Prayer for Youth and Young Adults

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe,
to you we turn in humble prayer.
Look with favor upon all young people,
bearers of hope for the Church and the world.
Jesus Christ, companion
of youth and young adults,
bless the paths of discovery and discernment,
through times of joy and experiences of hardship,
with the constant love and support of your Church.
Jesus Christ, alive in the hearts
of all your people,
grant that we may
“journey together, young and old…
to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge,
awaken prophesies and enable hope to blossom.” *
Jesus Christ, Redeemer of all humankind,
open our hearts to encounter all young people,
to accompany and be in community together,
and as one Church, embark upon our holy mission.
Jesus Christ, in the company
of the Father and the Holy Spirit,
graciously hear our prayer
and be with us forevermore.


* Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 199

Learn more about the Celebration

Want to Honor Youth?

Recognize your local youth with awards from NFCYM. The new Christus Vivit National Youth Award recognizes young Catholics that help bring Christ to life in their parishes, schools, and local communities. This is a great way to celebrate the upcoming Global Celebration of Youth and Young Adults on November 21, 2021. 

Learn more about the Awards

The Christus Vivit National Youth Award recognizes young Catholics in either their junior or senior year of high school who have helped bring Christ to life in their parishes, schools, and local communities. 

These are the young people who live and model what it means to be a missionary disciple in the world today through: 

  • Christian service and stewardship
  • Advocacy for those in need
  • Modeling Christian living
  • Serving as lights for the world

The youth recognition pin is presented to youth in middle school who respond to the call of discipleship through service or ministry to their parish/school community. Present these awards to:

  • Young people who exemplify discipleship and service
  • Youth group officers
  • Young people who volunteer in the religious education program