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Both our archdiocesan staff along with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry have received many requests from local communities throughout the country to organize a junior high (7th and 8th grade) event. This event is designed around the baptismal call to be a witnessing faith and gives our Young Church the opportunity to experience and to reflect more deeply on the gifts of the Holy Spirit they will receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Why Participate? The Holy Father challenges our communities to become missionary disciples who are not afraid to witness the faith. We believe that a joint witness of 9,000 young people in prayer and worship and witness talks will indeed help young people to see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.

Audience All 6th thru 9th grade students from parish Youth Groups, Religious Education and Catholic Schools together with their teachers, youth ministers, catechists, chaperones, and pastors are invited.

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will offer those present words of welcome and encouragement and lead a reflection on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.


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Holy Fire Chicago 2019 

Ticket Pricing

*Ticket pricing per person 

  • Friday: $38
  • Saturday: $38 

*Each ticket is only good for one admittance on one day

*Parishes register themselves and arrange transportation

Ticket does NOT include 

  • Lunch
  • Merchandise 
  • Parking
  • Bus transportation 

Similar to the National Catholic Youth Conference, this event is designed around a community of prayer, witness and joy. NFCYM will be providing world-class production, music and international speakers.

Holy Fire Chicago 2019 Schedule

Time, Date, & Location The Credit Union 1 Arena (Formerly - UIC Pavilion) will be our host for two mirror-days of programming. Groups can attend this event on dates listed below. Bus parking will be available.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - Doors Open: 8:15 AM | Start Times: 9 AM | End Times: 3:30 PM
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Doors open at 9:15 AM| Start Times: 10 AM | End Times: 4:30 PM

*Schedule is the exact same on both October 18 and 19, therefore each ticket purchased only gives admittance to one day.

8:30 a.m.    Doors Open
9:00 a.m.    Warm up Events 
9:30 a.m.    Opening Concert with Joe Melendrez
10:00 a.m.  Concert with EPIC the Band
10:30 a.m.  Keynote: Fr. Rob Galea  
11:30 a.m.  Lunch (BYOL): Music/DJ, Concessions, and Reconciliation Stations
12:10 p.m.  Concert with EPIC the Band
12:25 p.m.  Keynote: Brian Greenfield
12:50 p.m.  Eucharistic Adoration
1:30 p.m.    Celebration of the Eucharist with Cardinal Cupich
2:30 p.m.    Holy Fire Chicago Ends


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For Additional Information on this event contact the Archdiocese of Chicago

Holy Fire
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