Viktoriia Marko,

Youth and Young Adult Minister

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon


Dear Faithful Supporters of Catholic Youth,

We hope this letter finds you well. We want to take a moment to express our hopes for World Youth Day (WYD) in Portugal (July 26 – August 12, 2023) and to ask if your organization would consider helping some youth from the Eparchy with the costs of this trip.

WYD is an international gathering of young Catholics from all around the world with Pope Francis (read more about the event: WYD provides an opportunity to come together, to celebrate the faith and to connect with other young people who share the same values, beliefs, and passion for their faith. This event celebrated with Pope Francis, will be held for the first time in the capital city of Lisbon, Portugal. «Mary arose and went with haste» (Lk 1:39) is the Biblical quote chosen by the Pope as the motto of 2023 World Youth Day. Attending WYD is an incredible experience that offers numerous benefits.

Firstly, it allows us to connect with other faith-filled young people from all over the world. This creates a sense of community and belonging that is hard to find elsewhere.

Secondly, World Youth Day provides a unique opportunity to deepen our faith and spirituality. The event features a wide range of activities, including Mass (Divine Liturgy), prayer, and other events. These activities are designed to inspire and challenge us, helping us to grow in our relationship with God and our understanding of the Catholic faith.

Thirdly, World Youth Day is also a chance to engage in acts of service and outreach. We will participate in charitable projects in the days before World Youth Day. We will work in the parishes doing works of charity that help the parish, which can be a transformative and life-changing experience.

Finally, World Youth Day offers a chance to make lasting memories and to build a strong faith foundation. It is an opportunity to have a good time with like-minded young people while deepening our faith. The event is full of energy, excitement, and celebration, with the chance to explore new places and meet new people. We are very excited to attend.

There are six people from the Eparchy that are planning to attend, and the cost of World Youth Day will be over $7000 per person. Our small group of participants is busy planning many different fundraising opportunities. Would your organization consider providing some funds to help with the costs of the pilgrimage? Any funds would be greatly appreciated.

See the budget below.

Thank you for considering our request.


6 participants

EXPENSES (per person)

Round-trip flight Toronto-Porto-Fatima-Lisbon- Turin-Lisbon-Toronto Transfers between airport to lodging, a multilingual Spiritours representative in Portugal during WYD,WYD registration fee,

food and lodging during WYD, all taxes, $5 400.00
Travel Medical Insurance $ 300.00
Round-trip flight Saskatoon-Toronto $1 400.00
Hotel lodging in Toronto (2 nights) $ 200.00

Total expenses (per person)


$7 300.00

Total expenses (per 6 persons) $43 800.00

SOURCES OF FUNDS (per 6 persons)


Youth Ministry funds


$6 300.00

Donations from Individuals $ 2 000.00
Organizations’ donations $27 500.00
Participants’ funds $8 000.00
Total income (per 6 persons) $43 800.00