Why Pentecost & Young Adults
Throughout the Church year, there are few feast days better suited to young adult events than Pentecost. Here are some reasons why.
- Pentecost falls during the late spring and summer months. Since summer is a time that is often filled with young adult activities in parishes and dioceses, the Pentecost Vigil is a great way to point young adults toward opportunities in their local area. Likewise, since Pentecost falls just as the school year ends, the timing is also ideal for college students or recent graduates who are returning to their parishes.
- Pentecost is a time of great enthusiasm for the Church, a time of missionary impulse. Pentecost Celebrations offer a natural way to encourage young adults who are active in their faith to evangelize, to reach out and embrace those who are not as active—perhaps by doing something as simple as inviting them to come along to the Pentecost Vigil. It also can give young adults a sense of being renewed in their confirmation and strengthened by God for the vocation to which he has called them.
- Pentecost falls within the trajectory of increased young adult involvement in the Church from late winter to summer each year, beginning with Ash Wednesday, continuing through Palm Sunday (which is also known as “World Youth Day” in many other parts of the world), to Pentecost, and culminating in the summer months, when a lot of parishes and dioceses do much for young adults.
- At Pentecost, the Church remembers when it was “young,” when the disciples first left the Upper Room and began the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. In a similar way, by hosting Pentecost Vigil Celebrations, parishes and dioceses can recapture that initial spark of missionary vigor through the eyes of the young adults in their community.
- The Pentecost Vigil is all about praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and who doesn’t want the Holy Spirit? The focus on praying for the Holy Spirit can be especially attractive to young adults, who are often looking for wisdom and direction and the courage to respond fully to God’s call in their lives.