World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016 to Krakow


The Diocese of St. Catharines invites you to join us for our pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016! World Youth Day is the largest gathering of young adult Catholics in the world and only happens every two or three years. In 2016, World Youth Day will take place in Kraków, Poland. This pilgrimage will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we want you to join us as we travel as ONE Archdiocese to Kraków!

Journey With Us!

Journey with us as we make our way to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland! How, you ask? By joining one of our information meetings! As much as we look forward to gathering as one community and traveling to Poland, our needs begin here at home. There are several meetings that you can attend, in preparation for WYD:

Thursday, September 17 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Wednesday, October 14 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Thursday, November 19 7:00 p.m. @ Diocesan Catholic Centre, St. Catharines

Contact Information:  Fr. Chris Szczepanik
Phone: 905-227-3178 |  Email:


July 18 – August 2, 2016


Monday, July 18: Depart from St. Catharines/Toronto.

Tuesday, July 19: Arrive in Poland.

Wednesday, July 20 – Monday, July 25: Participate in Days in the Diocese (Diocese of Katowice) in Poland and on Monday travel to accommodations in Krakow.
Attend opening Mass at Krakow, Poland.

Wednesday, July 26 – Friday, July 29: Catechesis (teaching sessions) every morning (Youth Festival every afternoon and Wednesday evening)

Thursday, July 28 evening: Arrival and welcome of the Holy Father

Friday, July 29 evening: Stations of the Cross

Saturday, July 30: Pilgrimage walk to site of the evening Vigil with the Holy Father and sleep under the stars.

Sunday, July 31: Papal liturgy, concludes WYD.

Monday, August 1: Day of reflection and rest.

Tuesday, August 2: Depart Krakow, Poland, arrive Toronto.

How to Register

  1. Meet with your pastor for recommendation
  2. Complete the pre-registration form
  3. Attach deposit of $200 to this form making your cheque payable to: Diocese of St. Catharines – WYD 2016
  4. Submit, prior to November 1, 2015 your completed pre-registration and cheque to:

Diocese of St. Catharines
P.O. Box 875
St. Catharines, ON L2R 6Z4

All applications are subject to approval and must be submitted by November 1, 2015. Applications will be considered on a first come basis. Seats are limited.

Important Information

Ensure your passport is valid until February 26, 2017

It is your responsibility to obtain a valid passport. Your application will not be considered complete without a photocopy of your passport. We will require a copy of your passport no later than
March 11, 2016.

Participants must be 18-30 years of age.

Please note that after November 1, 2015 deposits are non-refundable.

A more detailed registration/health form will be required at a later time.

Registration Costs

Per pilgrim (estimated) $2,400

NOTE: Pricing will be finalized once airlines have established firm pricing with airport taxes, etc.

Payment Schedule

Initial Deposit (with pre-reg) $ 200 December 1, 2015 $ 1,200

March 1, 2016 (estimated) $ 1,000

What Is Included

Pricing includes round trip airfare, ground transportation (return to St. Catharines), simple accommodations for Days in the Diocese (home billeting, school gymnasiums, parish halls, etc.), most meals, travel insurance, accommodation for WYD, WYD registration and solidarity fees and pilgrim preparation program (gatherings, retreat days, follow-up event, resources, etc). Specific details will be available at a later date.

What is Not Included

Personal spending money

Some meals