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    Job Title: Parish Youth Worker
    Employer: Our Lady and All Saints RC Church Otley / Diocese of Leeds
    Salary: £19,500
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    Job Title: Retreat Team Volunteer
    Employer: Savio House
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    Resources at Random

    Labour Behind the Label Resources

    This site has some great resources on for looking at how some of the people who make our clothes are very unfairly treated.

    You can find the resources section here.


    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


    This is a short video which just hads words on screen set to music, but nonetheless it’s very powerful.

    The video has quotes from various people and ends with some of the words of Pope Benedict, challenging us to think about and to recognise who we are.

    From Taize: Two Commitments to Live Intensely

    A great meditation from Brother Alois at Taize:
    Here at Taizé we want to go together to the wellsprings of faith. We too, the brothers, have to make this journey every day. Even though, when we entered the community, we committed ourselves to follow Christ, to share everything, and to pray together three times a day, still, day after day, we too must strive to regain trust in God.

    Setting out over and over again on the road from worry towards trusting in God may involve an inner struggle. It is important in particular not to get caught up in inner fear, bitterness and hopelessness.
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  • Latest Resources

    Videos offer food for thought during #Synod2018

    As the Synod unfolds, a series of videos featuring young people responding to the questions the Bishops are considering can provide useful talking points for schools, youth and chaplaincy groups,


    The series is sponsored by the Synod of Bishops and produced by Catholic network Aleteia, in collaboration Catholic web TV TeleMATER. Videos in the series  ask questions such as  “What does family mean to you?” and “How can young people improve society?”

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    CAFOD Masterclasses for young adults

    CAFOD is offering a series of free Masterclasses to young adults 18-30 who would like to develop their potential and skills in fundraising, communications or campaigning. The three short courses run alongside each other, so you can only do one at a time. Read more

    ‘Complex Catholicism’ report can inform your youth work

    The latest research into the lives and faith of young Catholic adults is essential reading for youth workers, and the report is accompanied by a valuable tool for applying the findings to your work with those you already reach, and in giving insights to reaching beyond this group.

    The documents can be downloaded from Camino House and CYMFed, and hard copies can be ordered.

    See our news article for more on the research and the launch event. 


    Caritas Volunteer Service makes volunteer matching easy

    Looking for the right volunteer opportunities (for yourself or for the young people you work with), or finding suitable volunteers for your project, can be a time-consuming process. If you’re in London or Hertfordshire, Caritas Westminster’s Volunteer Service can match volunteers to projects, with a wide range of opportunities to suit different skills and interests, and the time people have available. AND – here’s the best bit – they want to extend this free service to cover the rest of the UK, which sounds like an excellent idea! (And if you’re in London on Tuesday 5th June 2018, visit their Volunteer Fair)

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    ‘Trust the Road’: Preparing young people for life after school

    The end of the summer term is on the horizon, bringing a time of change for many young people face as they leave or move school. ‘Trust the Road’, by Fr David O’Malley SDB, is a compact and highly useful book from Don Bosco Publications,  that aims to guide them through the changes and choices they face, and offer a map for the road ahead. It’s composed of thought-provoking scenarios from contemporary life that can be read by individuals, or used as a basis for discussion and activities in schools and youth groups. Read more

    Easter resources for younger children from the Bible Society

    The Bible Society has a range of resources to use with children around Easter. The Seriously Surprising Story is a video of the disciples’ meeting with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. You can download it from the website , or play it on youTube. There is a booklet to accompany the film – minimum donation of £2 for a single copy, or £1 if ordering in bulk. Read more

  • News & Blog

    News from the CYMFED Synod Gathering: Rome


    Forty Catholic Youth Ministry Federation members and colleagues from England & Wales have gathered at the Casa Bonus Pastor in Rome for a conference and retreat coinciding with Synod 2018. CYMFed members fill us in on what’s happening:

    On 16th October, Fr Dominic Howarth opened proceedings by celebrating Mass at the Casa Bonus Pastor with the whole group.

    The first speaker was Mr Paul Jarzembowski, an assistant to the US Bishops at the Synod. Paul spoke about the experience so far at the Synod, and how among other things, the ‘sacred middle space’, ie, the ‘wise and generous guides’ are hugely important to young people today. He noted four key trends experienced in the US today; Read more

    BBC to broadcast #Synod2018 panel discussion with young people

    Next week, the BBC World Service will be in Rome to record a special broadcast for its documentary series, Heart and Soul. The programme, Heart and Soul Gathering, will feature a panel of young people talking about what they want from our Church, and will be recorded with a live audience. (Tickets are free but you need to register) Read more

    Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy moves to Maryvale

    St Mary’s University has announced that its Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy  will be moving to Maryvale Institute to start October 22nd/23rd 2018.
    The course is aimed at those working or volunteering with young people in parishes, schools, retreat centres, diocesan youth ministry projects etc,  and combines youth ministry/school chaplaincy and theology. As it is mostly delivered through distance learning, it is accessible for people in all locations.

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    Youth Workers- meet the Synod Fathers on 18th July

    In preparation for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, the Home Mission office is inviting all who work with young people in a Catholic context to meet with the Synod Fathers, explore the working document and share your experiences so that we can better accompany young people, particularly in their vocational discernment. Read more