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Pentecost Vigil Celebrations for 20s & 30s

Every year, in the middle of spring, the Church celebrates Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Spirit. It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, a feast of unity and new life—and a perfect match for young adults.

In every diocese, young adults in their 20s and 30s are encouraged to gather for Pentecost Vigil Celebrations. The hope is that many dioceses and parishes will host their own events, and that young adults around the country will enjoy a great evening of renewal and community in spiritual solidarity with each other. In addition, these celebrations can play a strategic role in helping dioceses strengthen existing young adult ministries or start new ones. In the process, young adults will be able to pioneer for the wider Church a recovery of the Pentecost Vigil, an ancient tradition going back to the early Christians but largely forgotten today.

This website explains Pentecost Vigil Celebrations and what they involve. It gives practical suggestions for parishes and dioceses. It also explains how, in the spirit of Pentecost, these celebrations can gather young adult leaders and strengthen them to go out and serve in the joy of the Gospel. Every diocese is encouraged to sponsor one or more diocesan Pentecost Vigil Celebrations. Individual parishes may also want to sponsor their own events.

If you are interested in this opportunity, click through the pages of this website for more info.

This initiative is supported by the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and The Catholic University of America.

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. As Scripture says: Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.” He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive. (John 7:37-38)