EVENT: World Youth Day @ Home!

Are you between 16 and 30? Are you looking for a fun and inspirational festival experience this summer? Then don’t miss out on World Youth Day @ Home!

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WYD@Home is a festival with a vibrant mix of liturgy, music, catechesis, drama and moving talks and testimonies taking place in the beautiful setting of Aylesford Priory from 26 to 29 July. The highlights of the weekend include a night vigil of prayer and reconciliation on the Saturday evening and daily Mass.

This will take place during the same week when young people from around the world will join Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to celebrate World Youth Day. It is hoped that the week will see millions of young Catholics take over the city and be a witness to the energy and vitality of the Church. WYD@Home is your chance to take part in this incredible occasion without having to fly to Brazil!

An exciting lineup of speakers and bands for the weekend have already been booked with more to be announced shortly. Among the speakers are Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Peter Smith, Fr. Christopher Jameson and David Wells. CAFOD partners from Colombia, Fredy and César, will also be sharing with us their insights into the needs of the universal church in the developing world. There will be inspiring music throughout the weekend, with worship leader Jo Boyce and many Christian bands and artists. During the weekend the festival will also be regularly linking in to what’s happening in Rio, with testimonies from pilgrims who have travelled to Brazil.

From tea time on Friday to lunch on Monday Aylesford Priory will be transformed into a tented village, the centre of which will be a Big Top marquee next to the ancient shrine. Options for the weekend include camping and some day ticket options. Weekend tickets start at only £75 and include all meals.

For more information or to book places, get in touch with us on 0208 449 6970 or westminster@cafod.org.uk. You can find a full timetable of the weekend’s events on the official website at http://brightlights.org.uk.

To get a taste of what the festival has to offer, check out the video below about how Columbian CAFOD partner Fredy (who will be at WYD@Home) is using rap music to spread a message of peace rather than violence and show other young people that there is another way:

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