In addition to the many Holy Week activities taking place in the parishes of the archdiocese this week, some involve youth and young adult ministries, with assistance from the archdiocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry (call 215-587-3760 for more information).

The St. John Chrysostom Parish Youth Group, Wallingford, will participate in Operation Growl, a continuous 24-hour observance of fasting, prayer and service.

Participants will focus on raising awareness of persistent hunger issues in society and raising funds to provide meals for those in need. The program begins at 6 p.m. on Holy Thursday and concludes on Good Friday. St. John’s is located at 617 South Providence Road, Wallingford, Delaware County.


Youth group members from three parishes – St. Isaac Jogues and St. Katharine of Siena, both in Wayne, and St. Norbert, Paoli — will take part in a pilgrimage to several area churches at 7:30 p.m. after Holy Thursday Mass. In the Catholic tradition, a pilgrimage consists of a physical and spiritual journey that seeks to honor God and build an individual’s relationship with him. Following the pilgrimage, a social will be held at St. Katharine’s, 229 Windermere Avenue, Wayne, Delaware County.  

St. Joseph Parish in Coatesville will provide free transportation to promote the tradition of visiting area churches for Eucharistic Adoration on the evening of Holy Thursday, beginning at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in this traditional observance of prayer that recalls the vigil the disciples kept with Christ after the Last Supper, at which he instituted the Eucharist. St. Joseph’s is located at 404 Charles Street, Coatesville, Chester County.

Teenagers from the St. Rose of Lima Parish Youth Group, North Wales, will be joined by their parents on Good Friday to package and deliver flowers to fellow parishioners who have experienced the loss of a loved in one in the past year. They will deliver the flowers starting at 10 a.m. from St. Rose Church, 143 Highland Court, North Wales, Montgomery County.

Sacred Heart School in Oxford invites everyone to attend a student presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross. The children will be dressed in costume and recreate the events of the Stations of the Cross in a vivid and prayerful manner. Sacred Heart is located at 205 Church Road, Oxford, Chester County.