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Midwest Celebration on Saturday, July 27 in Chicago Heights

CHICAGO (June 21, 2013) – Approximately 2,000 Catholic teens and young adults from across the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Midwest will commemorate the 13th bi-annual World Youth Day Celebration on Saturday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights.    

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago will be in attendance at WYD Chicago: A Midwest Celebration and will present a special Catechetical Session at 4 p.m. for the participants.  The Cardinal will also be the main celebrant at the Closing Liturgy beginning at 9:15 p.m.  Also in attendance at the event will be Most Rev. John R. Manz, Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry and Most Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago and Most Rev. Michael J. Byrnes, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, who will be the homilist at the closing Mass.

Beginning with a welcome ceremony and opening prayer, World Youth Day Chicago will host two well-known keynote speakers.  Noelle Garcia-McHugh, a World Library Publications recording artist, has chosen as her topic, "I Praise You for I am Wonderfully Made" and  Pat Rinker, Director of the Office for Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, will develop the topic, "Be Transformed".

Joining participants from parishes in Chicago and suburban Lake and Cook counties will be Catholic teens and young adults from the Archdiocese of Detroit, Diocese of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Lansing.  Other groups will also be attending from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

World Youth Day Chicago is being hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry.  More information and online registration can be found at

World Youth Day 2013 will be celebrated from July 23 to 28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Pope Francis announced earlier this year that he will travel to Brazil in late July to lead World Youth Day in Rio, where about two million youths are expected.

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