By Dave Jolivet

MARTHA’S VINEYARD — The diocesan Office of Faith Formation has announced that the annual Catholic Youth Day will take place on August 14 on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard.

The diocesan youth day celebration is a continuation of the Catholic Church’s annual World Youth Day, and is held on the off years from when the International World Youth Day takes place. The next international event will take place some time in 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.

This year’s diocesan Catholic Youth Day will take place in Oak Bluffs, and will feature hundreds of diocesan youth joining with Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. on the island for a day of prayer, fellowship, food, and fun.

The event is free to all participants, including the ferry trip to and from the island.

Bishop da Cunha will celebrate Mass with the youth and there will also be the opportunity for attendees to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and there will be time for Eucharistic Adoration. There will also be live Sacred music and speakers.

The gathering will also enjoy lunch and have the opportunity to visit area shops. Additionally, there will be games  and other activities.

Attendees will gather from various areas at the Woods Hole Steamship Authority Ferry between 9:30 and 10 a.m.

Youth should be back in Woods Hole at 8 p.m. for the return bus ride.

Registration for the day is through local parishes.

Contact David Carvalho, senior director, Diocesan Faith Formation Office, at with questions or for more information.