Here are some common questions that people have been asking since this event was announced a few weeks ago (we provided answers under each question):
1. As a Director of Religious Education in my parish, who should I be encouraging to attend this event?
High school juniors and seniors, college students, and young adults through age 35
2. Where did the title of this event come from?
Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland gave an incredible address at the Prayer Vigil.
"Dear young people, we didn't come into this world to 'vegetate', to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark. It is very sad to pass through life without leaving a mark. Jesus is inviting you, calling you, to leave your mark on life, to leave a mark on history, your own and that of many others as well."Bringing back this message to the Diocese of Scranton, the question to all of our young people: how are you leaving a mark?
3. Why is this event kicking off National Vocation Awareness Week in the Diocese of Scranton?
This year, National Vocation Awareness Week will focus on everyone's baptismal call to holiness and intentional discipleship here in the Diocese of Scranton. World Day of Prayer for Vocations in May will focus on the vocations of priesthood and religious life.
4. Who is helping plan this event?
The Diocesan Vocation Team is leading the planning efforts. In addition, there are campus ministers, chaplains, and student representatives from the following schools who are on the subcommittees: King's College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, University of Scranton, Holy Cross High School, and Holy Cross High School.
5. I noticed on the posters there is a hashtag associated with this event. Why use a hashtag?
The promotions subcommittee came up with the hashtag to better reach the target
We are currently using the hashtag to help us in our promotional efforts.
On November 6th, we are encouraging everyone that attends to use the hashtag when posting photos and videos from the Mass and reception.
After November 6th and hearing the inspirational words from Bishop Bambera, we would like the 'young church' to flood social media with posts using the hasthag showing how they are 'leaving a mark' in the world. Service projects, helping feed the hungry in our communities, participating in liturgical ministries are just some of the many ways the 'young church' can leave their mark in the world and be the face of Jesus for all to see.