Pilgrimage to the National Catholic Youth Conference

You are invited to a pilgrimage toward the National Catholic Youth Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana November 2019

 Celebrate faith with more than 23,000 Catholic youth!

IN A DISTINCTLY CATHOLIC SETTING,
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE
INVITES PARTICIPANTS 

TO ENCOUNTER CHRIST, EXPERIENCE CHURCH,
AND BE EMPOWERED FOR DISCIPLESHIP.

Every other year, Catholic young people and their chaperones—youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches, and scout leaders—come together to pray, learn, and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today’s world, visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others.

 

Overview of the National Catholic Youth Conference:

WHO?

– attends NCYC?

Over 23,000 Catholic youth are expected to attend NCYC 2019! NCYC is open to high school age young people and their chaperones. Most participants are Catholic, though many are just beginning to connect to their faith. Some attendees may have participated in previous national or international events such as the World Youth Day. Many are experiencing this type of gathering for the first time. Youth participants must be accompanied by adult chaperones from their parish or school. NFCYM requires that adult chaperones be 21 years or older.

– sponsors NCYC?

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) sponsors NCYC. Located in Washington, D.C., and led by an energetic and creative national staff, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry is a membership organization working on behalf of youth and diocesan youth ministry leadership across the country and on U.S. military bases in Europe. Members include ninety-four percent of all Catholic dioceses, the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, and fifty youth-serving organizations.

 

WHAT?

is the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)?

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, biennial four-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent and workshop sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. There are also daily opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship, recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and the interactive thematic park.

– is the Thematic Park?

The thematic park is an interactive venue featuring College Corner, Vocations Corner, arts and crafts activities, service projects, sports, games, music, and exhibits from Catholic and secular companies, organizations, and colleges.

 

 WHEN?

is the 2019 NCYC?

The 2019 NCYC officially starts at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 14, and ends at 11 P.M. following Mass on Saturday, November 16. We will travel to Indy on Wednesday, Nov 13 and return home the morning of Nov 17.

 

 WHERE?

– is the 2019 NCYC?

The 2019 NCYC will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana

– do people stay during NCYC?

The Diocesan Youth Department will work with NFCYM to arrange hotel accommodations in the Indianapolis area for our diocese. The exact hotel and its location will be determined in the coming months.

– how do we get there and get around?

We will travel by bus to Indianapolis; at a later date our group will depart early in the morning on Wednesday, Nov 13. The Diocese will provide bus transportation from the hotel to the conference center. We will depart Indianapolis after the closing Mass on Saturday night and arrive home Sunday morning Nov 17 between 7-9 AM.

 

HOW?

– much does it cost to attend NCYC?

This pilgrimage typically costs $600-$800, which will includes Diocesan registration fees t-shirts, bus transportation to Indianapolis and back & forth from the hotel, our retreat fee, food and parish t-shirt.

 – can I afford it??

The National Catholic Youth Conference is an excellent opportunity for the parish to show their support for young people. Many fundraisers are organized and run by parents and families.  At $100 per month with fundraisers and family contributions, it’s a reachable goal for most families.

 

– can I receive a scholarship?

Some scholarships are available through the Catholic Youth Foundation (CYF) USA and a limited amount of financial aid is also available from the Youth Department for those with demonstrated need.  Scholarship funds for St Pius X will be generated through the fundraisers we run, so the amount varies from year to year. Scholarship awards will be based on how active one is in the faith community and participation in fundraisers.

 

– do I register for NCYC?

Fundraisers will begin as early as Summer 2018 but the Diocese doesn’t begin their preparation until January 2019.  When their registration forms are available we’ll let you know. Initial registration forms and deposits will be due probably in March or April 2019.  This deposit is non-refundable. No NCYC pilgrim will be allowed to attend the Conference if their financial obligations have not been met. Final registrations and payments will be due in spring/summer 2019.

 

– can I get more information?

The Diocese of Rochester will make arrangements for our conference registration, hotel accommodations, some meals, bus transportation to Indianapolis and to and from the hotel to the Conference. The NCYC Group will make their own decisions regarding some meals and when we leave for Indy. Contact Barb at [email protected] with questions. You may also visit www.nfcym.org.

WHY?

– attend NCYC?

Youth and adult participants attend the NCYC because they want to:

  • Gather on a national level
  • Learn more about themselves, their friends and God’s love.
  • Celebrate their Catholic Christian faith
  • Meet thousands of other Catholic youth
  • Share beliefs and experiences
  • Recognize their role in the larger Catholic Church

 

Are there opportunities at NCYC for youth besides being a participant? 

  1. NCYC YOUTH ANIMATOR. Do you have high energy and enthusiasm and possess good public speaking skills, vocal music ability, and some rhythm? Youth animators take lead roles in general session programming by leading prayer, song, and movement from the main stage in the stadium.

 

  1. NCYC YOUTH AMBASSADOR. This program is for young people with good people, public speaking, and/or leadership abilities. They do not need any previous experience, but should be comfortable with the possibility of speaking in front of large groups. Ambassadors welcome other participants to mega workshop and workshop sessions, determine if/when a room has reached its capacity, introduce and thank warm up artists (mega workshops) and speakers (mega and regular workshops), lead prayer, and introduce the evaluation process. More information forthcoming.

 

Wow! NCYC was amazing! I’m so happy I went. The two year wait was so worth it.  Over the past three days I’ve really connected and found God for the first time.  My relationship with God has gotten very strong and I’m very sad to be leaving. This has been the best experience of my life! – Ashley, 2015

 

“I had amazing experiences interacting with youth while trading hats, the joy in their faces to trade for what they wanted was inspiring. I was also reaffirmed in my call to music ministry. I really feel that God has a plan for me and that he has set me on the path I need to follow.  Adult Pilgrim NCYC 2015