World YOUTH Day


Lisbon, Portugal



DATES: July 28 thru August 7, 2023

World Youth Day (WYD) happens every two to three years in a different country of the world! St. John Paul the Great instituted this annual event back in 1986. It takes place annually in every Diocese and then every two to three years globally. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Pope Francis has moved WYD from 2022 to 2023.


1986 – Rome ;  1987 – Buenos Aires, Argentina ;
– Santiago de Compostela, Spain ;
1991 – Czestochowa, Poland;
1993 – Denver, USA ;
1995 – Manila, Philippines ;
1997 – Paris, France ;  2000 – Rome ;
2002 – Toronto, Canada ;

2005 – Cologne, Germany ;  2008 – Sydney, Australia ;
2011 – Madrid, Spain ;
2013 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ;
2016 – Krakow, Poland;
2019 – Panama ; 2023 – Lisbon, Portugal

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Pope Francis’ message for the XXXVI World Youth Day…

Once again, I invite all of you, young people throughout the world, to take part in this spiritual pilgrimage leading to the celebration of the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon…I hope that all of us can experience these steps along the way as true pilgrims, and not merely as “religious tourists”! May we be increasingly open to God’s surprises, for he wants to light up our path.

For WYD 2023, PORTUGAL has been chosen as the next country. ST. MARK pilgrims will be joining hundreds of thousands of youth and young adults from around the world. Preparations have already commenced…please pray for us and the WYD preparation team!

World Youth Day is truly a pilgrimage experience. Each day will focus upon prayer, catechesis and the sacraments, with the highlight of participating in Mass with Pope Francis at the end of the week. There is a spiritual and physical component to this pilgrimage. There is a lot of walking, so prepare in advance in order to be ready. Prayer and daily Mass will be the spiritual component along with confession, praise and worship, and fellowship with thousands of other pilgrims from around the world.

parish will be joining the ARLINGTON DIOCESEAN PILGRIMAGE… the Diocesan Youth Office is offering ONE pilgrimage this time due to our lingering pandemic. The cost will be $4350 per pilgrim. This is consistently the lowest price for what is being offered. The price includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations (both in Fatima and Lisbon), most meals, bus and subway transportation, entrance to WYD festivities and cultural centers, 2 WYD t-shirts, and a WYD backpack plus other giveways!


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————-Payment Schedule———————————————————–

The Diocese has offered each parish the ability to make payment installments to make it easier to collect fees and to do fundraising.
Their payment schedule must be adhered to, so ST. MARK’s payment schedule (below) must be followed. There can be no late payments.

All checks must be made out to:
ST. MARK Catholic Church
Please put WYD payment in the memo.

Mail or drop off payments/paperwork to the ST. MARK Youth Ministry Office. These checks will be deposited and one check from ST. MARK will be sent to the Diocese.

ST. MARK Schedule of Payments and Meetings

Payments can be made on or before these dates. NO late payments please. 

March 15, 2022             (deposit – $500)
May 20, 2022                 (2nd payment – $500)
July 20, 2022                  (3rd payment – $500)
September 20, 2022     (4th payment – $500)
November 20, 2022      (5th payment – $500)
January 20, 2023           (6th payment – $500)
March 20, 2023             (FINAL PAYMENT – $1350)

Diocesan & ST. MARK Meeting Dates – 

Thursday, September 29th on Zoom (for Stakeholders only)

All payments are non-refundable. After July 1, 2022, we
are locked into the number of spots but will be allowed to change
names until March 15, 2023.

We can add to the number of spots in our group through early next year
at any time; however, the pilgrims being added must pay the total
amount due up to that point on the payment schedule.
After March 15, 2023, allowance of adding pilgrims or changing
names on tickets is at the discretion of the Dube Travel Agency.
A separate surcharge may be incurred. Pilgrims will be responsible for
paying surcharge that in addition to their regular payment(s).

————–Paperwork / Eligibility——————————————————————-

You must be at least 16 years of age WHEN BOARDING THE PLANE IN JULY 2023.
If you are 14 or 15 years of age, a parent or legal guardian MUST accompany you on this pilgrimage.

Important paperwork for Pilgrims: email Kevin for forms

  • WYD (World Youth Day) Code of Conduct (Adult)
  • WYD Code of Conduct (Young Adult)
  • WYD Code of Conduct (Minor)
  • WYD Medical Release Form (Adult/Young Adult)
  • WYD Medical Release Form (Minor)
  • WYD Release Form
  • Insurance Waiver
  • ST. MARK Permission Form


————–Other Important Information——————————————————-

It is imperative that your U.S. passport is up to date and valid. The Diocese
will need a copy by September 15, 2022. If you need to renew a passport or need
to apply for a passport, NOW IS THE TIME! The average wait time is usually 2 to 3
months, but with the pandemic, 4 to 6  months is the general turnaround time.

Lisbon, Portugal is 5 hours ahead of Washington, DC.

Official Website of WYD:

————–World Youth Day Itinerary———————————————————-

All dates are in 2023.

Friday, July 28 – Leave Virginia via Dulles in the evening (overnight flight)
Saturday, July 29 – Arrive in Lisbon; take bus to Fatima; check in at hotel
Sunday, July 30 – Enjoy sights in Fatima; Mass with other pilgrims
Monday, July 31 – Take bus back to Lisbon; tour of city; check in at hotel
Tuesday, August 1 – WYD begins with large Mass with local bishop of Lisbon Diocese
Wednesday, August 2 – Catechetical Session in Morning; WYD festivities afternoon/evening
Thursday, August 3 – same as Wednesday; welcome Holy Father Pope Francis
Friday, August 4 – same as Wednesday; Stations of the Cross in evening
Saturday, August 5 – Morning Mass; walking pilgrimage to Vigil site; stay overnight
Sunday, August 6 – Closing Mass with Pope Francis; Closing Celebration Dinner
Monday, August 7 – Depart Lisbon for trip back to Virginia


————–Prayer for World Youth Day 2023————————————————–



Diocesan Recap Video from World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland
(over 200 youth & adults from the Diocese of Arlington attended)



Please contact Kevin Flores for more information:   703-938-5656




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