We are not here to take it easy.
Those were Pope Francis’ words at the last World Youth Day. “No, we came for another reason,” he said, “— to leave a mark.”
The young Church is gathering in northeast Pennsylvania at the Cathedral of St. Peter, and you’re invited. Save Sunday, Nov. 4, for prayer, fellowship, and stories. The question we’ll be addressing together: How to answer Pope Francis’ call to “leave a mark” in the world today.
Bishop Bambera will join us as we gather at 4:40 p.m. in the cathedral for song and prayer led by Francis Zelinka, with Mass to follow at 5. After Mass, Sarah Yaklic — who is Director of Grotto Network and grew up in the Scranton Diocese — will speak about her experience living out our Catholic faith. She was just in Rome for the Vatican’s summit on young people and will talk about how the Church is rejuvenating as it walks with us. The reception after the Mass and reflection will give us time to connect and build relationships together.
If we want to leave a mark, we’ll need to come together to help each other hear the ways God is speaking to us and directing our lives. There is a plan for each of us, but we’ll never find it alone. Let’s figure this out together.
Let us know if you’ll be joining us on the #LeaveaMark18 Facebook event page.
Greetings from the University of Notre Dame, the home of Grotto Network. My name is Sarah Yaklic, and while I’m directing Grotto Network, I’m originally from Northeast Pennsylvania. My team and I just returned from Rome where we were capturing stories from the Synod of Bishops on Young People. And let me tell you, friends, Rome is an amazing place. It’s full of beauty and awe, and being there with my team to capture the authentic stories from young people, it’s something that I’ll always remember.
Pope Francis has invited us to blaze new trails, to open up new horizons. I think it’s really important to remember, we can’t do that alone. We need the gift of each other and the gift of our faith community.
Come out on Sunday, November 4th. Join me at Leave A Mark. But don’t just consider coming by yourself; think about who you can invite to join with you, because friends, that’s how we’re gonna make this world a better place.
Hope to see you on Sunday, November 4th.