While hundreds of thousands of youth pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, the Diocese of San Jose was able to gather and celebrate Mass with Bishop Patrick J. McGrath at Saint Nicholas Church in Kraków. They were joined in the celebration by some youth of the Diocese of San Diego. Mass was concelebrated with Bishop Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego.
More than 300 youth were in attendance as praise songs were led by Nelson Gonzales and members from the Our Lady of Refuge youth choir. Many of the youth were excited to see familiar faces from other youth ministry event such as JoyCon & DYR.
Participants came from: Queen of Apostles, Our Lady of Refuge, Saint Lucy, Saint Nicholas/Saint Wiliam, and Saint Maria Goretti Parishes.
Also attending were: Father John Poncini, Pastor of Saint Nicholas/Saint Williams; Father Sergio Ovando, Pastor of Saint Martin of Tours; Monsignor Francis Cilia, Vicar General; and Seminarians Deacon Gabriel Lee, Mr. Michael, diMartino, Mr. Edgar Elamparo and Mr. Robain Lamba.