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 6th to 9th 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.

Transportation

Buses

If a bus company is going to be hired to transport the participants on the trip, the parish should enter into a written contract with the bus company.

Bus parking will be available.

School or Parish Vehicle

If a school-owned or church-owned vehicle is going to be used to transport youth, only those staff who have the following should be permitted to drive said vehicle(s).

- valid drivers licenses

- proof of insurance

- are 21 years of age or over

At least two adults per vehicle should accompany youth to this activity and should be:

- approved by the pastor or principal

- in compliance with the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office

Volunteer Vehicle Drivers

If youth are to be transported by parents or other chaperons using their own vehicles, only those persons who have provided the following to the parish or school should be permitted to drive said vehicle(s).

- valid drivers licenses

- proof of insurance

- are 21 years of age or over

- completed Volunteer Driver Safety Agreement

- completed Volunteer Driver Information Sheet (school or parish use only)

At least two adults per vehicle should accompany youth to this activity and should be:

- approved by the pastor or principal

- in compliance with the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office

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 to 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.

Cost & Quality

Online Registration ($35 per person): until October 12

In-Person Registration ($51.50 per person): at Door on Day of

Similar to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), this will be designed around a community of prayer, witness and joy. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and Declan Weir Productions (DWP) will be providing world-class production, music and international speakers.

Time, Date, & Location

The UIC Pavilion will be our host for two mirror-days of programming. Groups can attend this event on either Friday, October 14th or Saturday, October 15th.

Doors Open: 8:30 AM | Start Times: 9:45 AM | End Times: 4 PM

For Additional Information

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

*This is an NFCYM & DWP event.



Speakers & Performers Lineup

Opening Concert: OBB (Oswald brothers band)

OBB, the Oswald Brothers Band, is a Christian band from Atlanta, GA. They were formed in 2008 and released their first album, Ready Set Go, in 2009. Their current record, Bright Side, was released by Curb Records and they are currently on tour. In addition to being part of concerts with bands such as Mercy Me, they remain active in ministry with youth through camps, festivals, and rallies such as Holy Fire.

At Holy Fire, their song “Up Close & Personal” will be featured.

 

Emcees: Apex Ministries

APeX Ministries is two Catholic men (Brad Farmer and Gene Monterastelli) who have made it their lives’ work since 1996 to criss-cross North America sharing the Truth and Joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They have crafted a unique style (they call it “Christian Vaudeville”) that engages an audience and creates rapport through telling “parables” through sketch comedy, seamlessly integrating the use of juggling and street performer style skill and intensity.

House Band: The Ike Ndolo Band

Ike Ndolo is one of the most sought after Catholic music minister and worship leader today. He is a mainstay at Steubenville Youth Conferences, LifeTeen Conventions and Camps, the National Catholic Youth Conference, concerts, and rallies around the country. He released his first record, We Are the Beggars, with Oregon Catholic Press’s Spirit & Song label. This is and his subsequent records have provided the Church with the songs Land of the Rising Sun, Make It Loud, and Crooked Soul.

First Keynote: Joe Melendrez

Joe Melendrez is a professional youth minister, inspirational speaker, and Catholic performer who welcomes new opportunities to bring forth the Kingdom of God. Since 2008, he has dedicated his life to helping others, especially youth, grow deeper in prayer and stronger in faith. Joe travels across the country and around the world, speaking and performing at churches and schools. Joe’s music covers a wide variety of faith focused topics and it is not uncommon to see enthusiastic participants of all ages, from middle schoolers to senior citizens, pumping their fists in the air, while praising God.

Second Keynote: Katie Prejean

Katie Prejean was just 17 years old, the director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Lake Charles asked her to give a keynote at the annual Diocesan Youth Conference. She said yes, and years later Katie is now a professional youth minister and speaker traveling around the country. Whenever she stands on stage, Katie is completely at ease. Audiences are challenged and excited by her talks, and her powerful presentation style is filled with humor and substantive teaching.