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To Be Celebrated at St. Hyacinth Basilica on July 19

Chicago, IL ( July 8, 2008 ) — Catholic teens, young adults and youth ministers from across the Chicago area will gather for World Youth Day 2008 Chicago Style, eight hours of entertainment, music, multi-lingual catechetical sessions and Mass at 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 19, at St. Hyacinth Basilica, 3636 W. Wolfram St., in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.

Presented by the Archdiocesan Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry, the event is meant to mirror the World Youth Day 2008 celebration July 15 to 20 in Sydney, Australia that Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will attend along with 200 youth, young adults and youth leaders from the Archdiocese. A recorded message from Cardinal George to the Chicago participants will be played at World Youth Day 2008 Chicago Style.

“The decision to hold World Youth Day 2008 Chicago Style was made in response to the high interest level of nearly 500 youth who were unable to make the trip to Sydney,” said Maria Sedano, Director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry. “Everything we have planned for the day will give attendees of many cultures and languages the opportunity to be one with those celebrating the blessings of the Holy Spirit in Sydney.“

Fifty U.S. bishops, including Most Rev. John Manz, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, and nearly 15,000 American Catholic youth will attend World Youth Day, 2008. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will sponsor a July 19 inaugural Mass that will take place outdoors in the center of Sydney. Cardinal George will preside and deliver the homily at this Mass that will include other U.S. bishops as concelebrants.

World Youth Day 2008 Chicago Style will include the following sessions:

  • Multilingual catechetical workshops in three languages led by: Fr. Matt Eyerman, pastor of Chicago’s St. Columbanus Parish (English); Fr. Stanislaw Jankowski CR, pastor of St. Hedwig Parish (Polish); and Fr. Oswaldo Guillen, SDB, associate pastor of Chicago’s St. John Bosco Parish (Spanish). There will also be a special Byzantine Catholic session led by Byzantine Rite Bishop Richard Seminack, Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago.
  • A Youth Festival featuring performances by a multitude of local, young artists presenting folkloric dance routines, Christian rap, hip hop, contemporary worship music and dramatic and theatrical skits.
  • A recitation of an Akathist, the ancient Byzantine Rite hymn of praise to the Mother of God that reflects on the Mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. It was composed in commemoration of Constantinople’s liberation from invaders in 626.
  • Mass with Most Rev. Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, serving as principal celebrant and concelebrated by Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki and Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, auxiliary bishops of Chicago, and Fr. Michael Osuch, O.P., pastor of St. Hyacinth Basilica. Bishop Paprocki will deliver the homily and Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Richard Seminack will also participate.
  • A Youth Concert featuring a performance by Chicago-area resident and musician Sal Solo. Solo, a 1980’s pop music artist who has since committed his life and profession to his Catholic faith, is known for his performances that feature music and big-screen multimedia imagery that evangelize, engage and enlighten youth of all faiths. Solo performed at World Youth Day 2000 in Rome, and today performs at youth rallies, festivals and retreats around the world.
Admission for World Youth Day 2008 Chicago Style is $15, and food and refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Jesus Deleon of the Archdiocesan Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry at 312-243-0810 or

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