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    CAFOD Climate & Lent Resources

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    CAFOD have some really great resources, some that focus on Lent, and others on their One Climate, One World campaign that focuses on climate change and how it has the biggest impact on poorest people in our world.

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    Advent: Travelling Nativity

    St William of York, Sheffield began a lovely tradition in the parish in 2005.

    Starting from the church on the first Sunday of Advent, the nativity figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey make a journey round family homes, spending each night with a different family, before returning to church on Christmas Eve – shown in the photo. A sheet with prayers for a short service arrives with Mary and Joseph at each home.

    Why not get young people to help host Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem by running a travelling nativity?

    Find out more from the parish website

    Extraordinary Month of Mission – resources from Missio

    I’m guessing you know that Pope Francis has declared October 2019 an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). It’s a special month of prayer and action, calling all members of our Catholic community to renew their missionary commitment to share God’s love with everyone, everywhere. Read more


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    Resources for National Youth Sunday 2019

    The new National Youth Sunday website is up and running with a range of resources for use in parishes, schools and families, and by individuals. The CYMFed team preparing the event has chosen the theme “Significance”, following on from this year’s Flame event, and inspired by Christus Vivit. Read more

    Mission Together’s 2019-20 primary resources

    To support the mission of Catholic primary schools, Mission Together have created lots of new resources for 2019-20 to help pupils engage with the Extraordinary Month of Mission, Little Way Week, and a new assembly to mark the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman – the first new English saint for over half a century.

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    Extraordinary Month of Mission – resources from Missio

    I’m guessing you know that Pope Francis has declared October 2019 an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). It’s a special month of prayer and action, calling all members of our Catholic community to renew their missionary commitment to share God’s love with everyone, everywhere. Read more

    Three Friends and the Miracle Man – Easter resources for younger children

     

    The Bible Society’s new animated video takes Jairus’s daughter and the boy with the five loaves and two fishes on a journey where they discover who Jesus really is.

    The video is on YouTube, and you can download it free from the Bible Society website, in English or Welsh. There is also a script and all-age service guide to enable you to explore the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and bring Three Friends and the Miracle Man to life at your church.

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    Journey through Lent with Missio – Secondary age

    Missio’s resources for Lent 2019 include reflections that explore key words and concepts from the season, linking them with themes and actions that young people in the Secondary school age range can readily engage with and respond to. The three reflections have leaders’ notes and a set of PowerPoint slides, and feature the story of a young person supported by Missio. Each reflection can be delivered within 10 minutes – with or without the slides.

    There is also a simple and accessible Stations of the Cross resource, which encourages young people to reflect on the lessons communicated through Jesus’ journey to the cross and apply them to contemporary issues. The resource is presented as a PowerPoint with leaders’ notes incorporated that suggest alternative ways to use the Stations.

    Download from the Missio website


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    Cardinal’s address to young Catholics for National Youth Sunday

     

    In the lead-up to National Youth Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King, 24 November, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent a video message encouraging young people to feel a part of the Church, reminding them of their significance, and urging them to use their unique and valuable skills to be “digital disciples”, taking the Christian message into the modern world.

    This year, preparations for National Youth Sunday have been led by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, (CYMFed), with youth ministers creating resources for use by other youth ministers, with the theme of “Significance”. The Cardinal’s message was filmed as one of a range of materials now available on the new website for use in four broad settings: parishes, schools, families and by individuals. See our resources section for more about this). Read more

    Catholic Gap Years in the UK

     

    Catholic Residential Retreat Centres across the country are still recruiting for volunteers for September 2019.

    As a retreat team volunteer, you’ll gain valuable experience working with children and young people. You’ll develop skills in team work, organisation and leadership that will benefit you in whatever future career you choose, or give you the experience you need to change direction from your earlier path. You’ll enjoy the companionship of a community of young adults, and make lifelong friends. You’ll grow in confidence and maturity, have the opportunity to reflect on the next steps in your life, and deepen your faith. Read more

    Compass ‘School of Discernment’ for young adults – July 2019

     

    We’re all thinking more about the importance of discernment since the Synod, and this summer, Compass is leading a summer school from Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2019, to help young Catholic adults find their true path to living life joyfully and faithfully.

    The event will be held at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, and it’s open to people aged 18-35. The cost for full board for the five day event is £150, and bursaries are available.

    Visit the Compass website

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    Email Compass for more info

    International short course in Leading the New Evangelisation

    St Mary’s University, Twickenham in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU)  is offering an International Faith Formation Leadership Programme from  – .

    The programme is aimed at Catholic school leaders and teachers, including religious education teachers, and Church leaders, youth ministers,parish educators and all those who work in Catholic schools on behalf of the Church.

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    Your young people deserve to be celebrated!

    Celebrating Young People Awards 2019

    Who will you nominate? 

    On 3 July 2019 young people from across the country will gather in London’s West End for the Celebrating Young People Awards. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be presenting this year’s Pope Francis Award. The awards – now in their fourth year – are organised by Million Minutes and see hundreds of young people nominated in six categories, each celebrating a different aspect of Catholic Social Teaching lived out in social action. Read more