Trainee Retreat Leader, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick. 1 year, residential. Salary + accommodation & meals. Read more
Job Title: Youth Retreat Team Volunteer
Employer: Savio House, Salesians of Don Bosco
Job Title: Gap Year Volunteer
Employer: URSpace Glasgow - Salesian Sisters
Job Title: Youth Mission Team Volunteer
Employer: Ignite Youth Mission - Diocese of East Anglia
Resources at Random
CJM, Welcome Jesus – Advent Liturgy, there”s a free outline/script, and musical resources for purchase.
CJM Music has settings for each of the five Sundays of lent – and they are free to download.
CAFOD have put together a really great confirmation resource called ‘Be Revolutionary’!
You can find everything you need to know about it, and the resources themselves on CAFOD’s site here
“In this Confirmation resource we hope to provide an adaptable set of activities that you can integrate into your own Confirmation programme. The aims of the activities are to enable your confirmandi to explore the concept of justice and feel part of the global Church. We also provide some practical ways for young people to put their faith into action.”
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.
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
Now in its second year, Red Wednesday is the centre of a week of activities to show solidarity with persecuted Christians, organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). This year, it falls on 22nd November. Resources for 2017 are no longer available, but see the ACN website for news of the 2018 event Read more
Sr Susan Richert PBVM, a Presentation Sister and school chaplain, has produced a series of activities and prayer for families to use at home with primary age and nursery children in the nine days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Read more
Salesian Youth Ministry is inviting everyone who works with young people in schools or similar settings to an online event on Wednesday 20 May, at 11:00 am (UK time!), via Zoom. The session will be led by Alison Burrowes, who is the Catholic Education Service’s North West Hub Development Officer for their ‘Formatio’ national strategy, which aims to develop Leadership programmes to form, nourish and sustain leaders of Catholic education. Until recently, Alison was Headteacher at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton.
If you haven’t come across it before, the Kids’ Bulletin is a blog created by a Catholic mum in Canada with weekly and seasonal downloadable resources to help children have some fun while getting more out of the readings at Sunday Mass. Now that families are following the Mass at home on Sundays, they are extra helpful in keeping young ones engaged and teaching them about the faith, and would be great for catechists to share with the families in their parishes. Read more
The Bible Society’s range of Easter resources for children will be extra-valuable this year for parents to use at home.
As the coronavirus causes schools to close, Missio has produced free, downloadable resources to use with younger children in homeschooling, or for staff caring for younger children in school, and they plan to add to the range in the near future. Read more
Salesian educator, Fr David O’Malley SDB, has produced a resource for use at home in the coming weeks.
This Lent, Mission Together and Missio have two ranges of resources and activities for primary and for secondary age groups, geared to The Year of the Word, The God Who Speaks Read more
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
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.
News & Blog
A joint project between University College London and Imperial College London is seeking responses from young adults aged 16-24 as part of an online study into how COVID-19 is affecting the lives, mental health and well-being of this important cohort of our society. Read more
Most of us are taking stock of our lives right now, and considering options for a future after lockdown. A gap year as a member of the team at one of the Catholic Youth Retreat Centres offers a fulfilling experience while gaining skills that are useful in so many careers
CYMFed ( Catholic Youth Ministry Federation England & Wales) is working with all the retreat centres to guide people to information on Catholic Gap Years in the UK, so take a look at the inspiring video above, and if you or any of the young people you work with, would like to know more, visit CYMFed’s Gap Year page, where you can find the websites of all of the retreat centres. We also have some opportunities listed under the Volunteering ads on our site.
A year on from the publication of Christus Vivit, Million Minutes is inviting you to join conversations to explore how the Church can accompany young people in this time of sustained crisis, and into the changed future that will emerge. The online conversations over the coming weeks will enable everyone to contribute and discuss ideas. Read more
It’s a natural human response to be worried and anxious in these strange times, especially as many youth workers are concerned about their older relatives as well as their children and the young people they support. But for some of us, maintaining our mental health through all of this can be a real struggle. The Catholic Mental Health Project has produced some guidance to help Catholics protect their mental health during coronavirus. Read more
“May we try to listen and be silent in order to make space for the beauty of God” – Pope Francis.
Million Minutes is again encouraging us all to have some time in silence during Lent, to focus better on the things that matter, and to raise money to support young people who don’t have a voice. You and your students or youth group members can take take part in lots of different ways, at any time right up to Easter.