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Parishes may register youth through Thursday, November 2 for the 2017 Diocesan Youth Convention, which begins Friday, November 3 and ends Sunday, November 5. Parish leaders may click here for: Online Registration 
 
Please review the links below for additional information.
 
The theme, “Viva Cristo Rey!” was the war cry of the Catholic Rebels, known as the Cristeros, who fought against the anti-Catholic Mexican government during the Cristero War of the 1920s. The theme reminds us that Christ, our king, was not adorned in the finest linens, merrily feasting, living the life of luxury. Rather, he was rejected, challenged, mocked with a crown of thorns and crucified like a criminal. He is not of this world. At this year’s Diocesan Youth Convention, we will reflect on what it means to be living in this world but not of this world.
 
We are calling on the intercession of St. José Sánchez del Rio, who responded to the call to fight with the Cristeros and at the age of 14 was captured, tortured and eventually martyred for the faith. St. José’s captors demanded that he renounce the faith; yet he refused to give in, firmly proclaiming the war cry "Viva Cristo Rey!" This year’s keynote speaker, Jon Blevins, will focus on what it means to be young people who enthusiastically and bravely shout “Viva Cristo Rey!” We hope that the youth in our diocese will come away from this convention empowered to change the world by living out the faith and encouraging others to do the same even when it’s painful and even when it’s against what the world entices us to do.
 
This year’s DYC will take place at St. Joseph Parish, Sunnyside (907 South 6th Street, Sunnyside, WA 98944) beginning on November 3rd at 7PM and concluding on Sunday the 5th at noon. Daily Mass is planned into the schedule.
 
The conference cost for registrations this week is: $50/ youth, chaperone, group leaders. The cost includes participation in the conference, t-shirt, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lodging. You may adjust these fees if you want to account for other costs (breakfast/snacks for your group throughout the weekend, travel costs, other supplies, etc.) for your youth group. An invoice will be sent to your parish after the event.
 
Registration packets have been sent via postal mail to all parishes, or by clicking here: Registration Packet 
The packets include the following items:
Important Things to Know About the 2017 DYC
Instructions for registering online
Group registration form
Individual and parental permission information. Please maintain one copy of this form for each teen in your group.
Transportation and Driver Information Sheet which must be returned to the group leader. Please maintain this sheet for your records. 
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Melissa Montenegro at (509) 946-1675, ext. 234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We hope to see you there!
In God’s Love, Yakima Diocese Youth Ministers