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Holy fire

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 being designed around the baptismal call to witnessing our faith and could be a wonderful opportunity for our Young Church 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 and their prayers will indeed help young people to see themselves as witnesses of Christ and members of a young Church.

Audience All 6th and 9th grade students from parish Religious Education programs and Catholic Schools together with their teachers, catechists, youth ministers, 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.

Time, Date, & Location The 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 20, 2017 - Doors Open: 8:15 AM | Start Times: 9 AM | End Times: 3:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Doors open at 9:15 AM| Start Times: 10 AM | End Times: 4:30 PM

Cost & Quality The exact cost for the day is still being figured out. The present estimate per person will be $35.

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

Keep updated on our webpage www.formedcatholic.com/holyfire

For Additional Information

OFCYM Office - PH: (312) 534-3700 Email: ofcym@archchicago.org

Julie Welborn -  PH: (312) 534-5200 Email:  jwelborn@archchicago.org