The Columban JPIC team, mission office and lay missionaries were represented at Flame 2017 in Wembley Arena, on 11 March. We listened to witness stories, joined in the joyful singing along to the music of Matt Redman and participated in a vibrant Mexican wave encircling the Wembley Arena. The Redmond song, '10,000 Reasons' was a theme of the day, referring to God's blessings
In less than six weeks Christians from all across Europe will gather in Birmingham for "Hidden Treasure". A weekend being organised by the Taizé community, Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May. The title 'Hidden Treasure' is taken from the Gospel Parable (Matthew 13:44). The gathering will be a chance to explore and celebrate some of the hidden treasures of our faith, those found in
Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - the UK's leading interfaith organisation, is looking for the next generation of leaders to join the UN award-winning ParliaMentors leadership programme. At a time when populism and anti-immigrant rhetoric is adding to tensions around the world, ParliaMentors trains emerging leaders to bring people from different backgrounds together.
The spirituality and exuberance of 10,000 young people who attended Flame 2017 on Saturday could be seen in the quiet listening to witness stories, reverential prayer and the joyful singing along to the music of Matt Redman, One Hope Project, Jasmine Elcock and a vibrant Mexican wave encircling the Wembley Arena. The Redman song, '10,000 Reasons' was a theme of the day, referring to God's blessings and reasons to be hopeful for the future. The quote from St Paul, 'Fan your flames into a gift'
This Saturday, up to 10,000 Catholics will attend Flame 2017, a youth event at Wembley arena, and share stories of faith and hope from across the world. Young Catholics from across the country will come together for the biggest event of its kind in the UK. The theme of the day is '10,000 reasons to hope' based on the song by Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Matt
Young people from across Scotland gathered recently for Faith & Fun retreats at Craig Lodge. Fr Kieran Fletcher from Hallam Diocese, led the young teens' weekend and Fr Martin Delaney from Motherwell Diocese, led the mid teens. There were plenty of opportunities for both prayer and fun with a mix of: talks, discussion groups, Way of the Cross hill climb, Mass and healing service.
The 26th International Youth Festival is currently taking place at Medjugorje. While the Church continues to ponder on the status of the Medjugorje phenomenon, over 50 thousand young people are expected to gather from around the world for a week of: prayer, catechesis, testimonies, adoration and fellowship. This year's theme is 'Peace Be With You'. The first testimonies of this year's Festival began with Calum and Mary Anne MacFarlane-Barrow sharing the story of Craig Lodge in
There's only a week until the start of Lent. If you're looking for a way to mark Lent, either yourself or with young people you work with, it's not too late to get involved with siLENT. You can take part at any time before Easter Sunday. 'There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.' Pope Francis...siLENT is a simple idea. Instead of cutting out sugar, or giving up chocolate, we join together to use Lent to find silence - and at the same time we speak up for young people.
Are you undecided about what subjects to study or what career path to choose? How you want to live? Then a Signpost weekend might be a useful step. Signposts is running a weekend course in making good life choices on April 22nd - 23rd 2017, at Savio House in Cheshire in the foothills of the Peak District. This is skills based training in discernment that makes no assumptions about the participants with regard to faith. The weekend will offer a model of making decisions and leave participants with a tool kit for choice based on the broad spiritual and psychological wisdom of
Pope Francis put young people centre-stage when he began 2017 with a letter asking them what they wanted of the Church. It is a question which will undoubtedly spark a lot of discussion, and what better place to start than the CYMFed Flame Congress, being held on March 11th 2017 at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Flame is a vibrant occasion during which a young Church gathers to engage with the big questions they face today. An App will be launched at the Congress to begin to gather views - and with well over 8,000 young people in the Arena,
The Young Christian Workers (YCW) launched their celebration of 80 years in England and Wales on the Feast of St John Bosco, the Patron Saint of Young People . Currently, the YCW has hundreds of members across the country, working in parishes, schools, and workplaces to enable young people to develop critical awareness, actively engaged faith and social responsibility. The YCW was originally founded in Belgium in 1925 by Fr Joseph Cardijn, who was later to be made a Cardinal for his work with the movement. The first YCW group was founded
Students from the University of Birmingham's Catholic and Methodist societies have met with Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, to discuss the End Hunger UK campaign. They discussed the nature and causes of food poverty, the role of the political system, and the part played by ordinary citizens in bringing about change. The group also presented a collection of paper plates to Ms Stuart, with suggestions from members of the societies about how to tackle food poverty. One of the key issues that emerged from the discussion was how citizens and politicians could work
Westminster Justice and Peace Commission is seeking a Youth Worker to promote peace and social justice concerns in schools and parishes across the diocese. Energy and enthusiasm to encourage young people to make a difference in the world around them is key. Closing date February 21st 2017. Reporting to the Justice and Peace Fieldworker, and based at their office in Tottenham the post-holder will:
CAFOD is looking for up to six volunteers, aged 18-40, to become climate champions. As a CAFOD climate champion, you will take part a three-day international workshop on sustainable living with other Catholic young people from across Europe during summer 2017. There are two possible workshops - Portugal (9-13 May 2017) and Belgium (1-5 July). On your return, you will be supported to raise awareness about climate change, sustainable living and CAFOD campaigns in your parish or other local community.
A celebration took place last night at the church of Notre Dame de France by Leicester Square for Anne Marie Salgo, who is moving on after ten years working as coordinator of evangelisation ministries in the West End. Together with Gabriel Sedda, Anne Marie led the singing at Mass and the prayer service afterwards - which was followed by a crowded reception in the parish house. A native of Hungary, where she studied theology, mental health and social work and completed a course at the School of Evangelisation, more recently Anne Marie studied the psychology of religion at Heythrop
Twin sisters from Herefordshire are setting off for Africa and Asia this month as part of an ambitious charity project. The pair are participating in CAFOD;s Step into the Gap scheme, which enables young people to spend a year volunteering in the UK and visiting CAFOD partners overseas. Charlotte Bray will be heading to Cambodia and her identical sister Sophie will travel to Ethiopia to meet some of the local organisations CAFOD works with to deliver development, conservation and education projects.
There was a light-filled celebration of Epiphany near Norwich on Sunday evening (January 8) when a record 200 young people and their families from across the Diocese of East Anglia enjoyed a candlelit Mass, bonfire, hot dogs and a firework display. The now annual Epiphany Youth Mass, took place at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland near Norwich, organised by the Ignite team and Director of Youth Services Hamish MacQueen with attendees from as far afield as Peterborough, Cambridge, Clare, Walsingham, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Felixstowe.
Hundreds of young adults (16-35) from across Europe will be travelling to Birmingham in the spring - to take part in a gathering led by the Taizé Community from Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2017. The weekend will explore the theme of Hidden Treasure: The small and often hidden ways in which Christians are nourishing their faith through prayer, and acts of solidarity with those in most need. In the wake of a number of international events which have brought to light divisions in our societies, the weekend will celebrate the beauty of the commitment lived out by
Coming from every part of Europe, and from a number of other continents, several thousand of you have gathered in Riga, Latvia, for the 39th meeting organized and led by the Taizé Community. With the theme of bearing witness to hope that will be at the heart of your reflection and prayers, Pope Francis is particularly close to you because he has often called you to not let anyone rob you of your hope. During the WYD prayer vigil in Kraków he strongly emphasized this essential reality of the Christian faith:
A discernment weekend will take at Savio House in Cheshire in the foothills of the Peak District from January 21st-22nd. This is not counselling or careers advice but skills training in discernment. The weekend is a place where you can learn the skills to recognise the difference between support and the well-intentioned pressure that friends and family can bring to bear on your choices. There are many young adults who realise in their late twenties that the agenda for their life has been set by others and have to re-focus their lives.
Pax Christi International recently convened a team of 10 young people from all over the world, to train to become peace journalists and report about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. The training and discussions took place exclusively online. Following their training, each team member interviewed a person in their hometown or area who had to flee their home country. Over the past few weeks through a series of webinars and exchange sessions, Pax Christi International equipped the group with the skills and knowledge to conduct interviews.
The Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life has announced the themes for the next three World Youth Days (WYD). The themes were chosen by Pope Francis "for the three-year World Youth Day journey that will culminate at the international celebration of the event to be held in Panama in 2019." World Youth Day is celebrated at the diocesan level each year on Palm Sunday, with an international gathering every two to three years. The most recent international Day was celebrated in August, 2016, in Krakow, Poland.
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To mark the end of the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Westminster, young people were invited to come to Westminster Cathedral and pray the Way of the Cross. Hundreds of people gathered together, to pray the Stations with a focus on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that have been a continuous thread through this Holy Year. A re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross was presented by RISE Theatre and young parishioners from St Patrick's, Wapping, the parish of Youth Chaplain Fr David Reilly. Narrating the scenes were WYD pilgrims, with music led by Edwin Fawcett.
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