Job Title: School Chaplaincy Coordinator
Employer: St Mary's Catholic High School
Salary: £20,253 (pro rata actual salary £18,363.48)
Job Title: Programme Coordinator
Employer: The Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre - Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service Trustees
Salary: Starting on scale JNC 6 £17,651 - dependent on qualifications and experience (on-site accommodation while leading programme)
Job Title: School Chaplain
Employer: Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
Salary: Up to £36,447 (dependent upon skills and qualifications) FTE incl of allowances
Job Title: Gap Year Volunteer
Employer: Animate Youth Ministries
Job Title: Retreat Team Volunteer
Employer: Savio House
Resources at Random
This 60 min+ workshop for young people from CAFOD explores how comics are used for campaigning around the world and gives young people the opportunity to create their own. Why not use this in the run up to the Election? You can find all the resources here.
This is something put together on the old site by the Editor Emeritus Jack Regan. You can download it here!
One thing we get asked about a lot on this site, and one thing there is a great deal of confusion about is the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children. Read more
It’s a rainy afternoon, the activities you’d planned aren’t going to work now, and despite your wealth of youth ministry experience, Plan B is well and truly in the back of your mind and you’re struggling to bring it forward. Sound familiar? This could help!
Don Bosco Youth-Net has released a games App for Smartphone and tablet. The App consists of a unique collection of over 240 games to inspire group activities. The game App is a fun and interactive tool to be used by animators and youth workers on youth exchanges, summer camps or training courses, as well as an inspiration for playing group games in youth clubs, schools and oratorios. You can download the Games App free from ITunes or Google Play.
Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and CAFOD have come together to produce a resource to enable the Catholic Community to reflect on the European refugee crisis, drawing inspiration from the famous Lampedusa crosses. The Lampedusa crosses, hewn by an Italian carpenter from the wreckage of boats carrying people across the Mediterranean, are symbols of hope.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Misericordiae Vultus, CJM Music has produced a song available for free download.
Through its three verses, Face of Your Mercy, keeps the focus on the person of God the Father, whose mercy we see revealed in Christ, who calls us to be the face of God’s mercy as the Body of Christ in the world.
Listen to a sample, and download a free copy of the melody and guitar lead sheet music for Face of Your Mercy, in PDF format from the CJM website
Catholic Social Teaching in 3 minutes is a fast-paced animation from CAFOD introducing CST for young people. It can be used in classrooms, RE lessons, with youth groups, and particularly fits with Year 8 Unit 6 People of God: Called to Serve RE framework for 11-14s.
CJM Music has settings for each of the five Sundays of lent – and they are free to download.
On Ash Wednesday and the first Sunday of Lent, the psalm texts seem to speak more of our need for God’s mercy. The remaining Sunday’s of Year C, as we hear Luke’s account of the Transfiguration and other texts from Luke about conversion, the psalms invite us to “see the goodness of the Lord.”
Of course, the Psalms can be prayed and sung outside of Mass too. Sing them during morning prayer and assembly; in the classroom or staffroom, during Children’s Liturgy of the Word. And make the most of them during your Lenten Reconciliation Services.
Putting together a service of reconciliation? See these ideas for songs of mercy and reconciliation.
Launched in early February 2016, at the CYMFed National Leaders’ Congress, the Faith in Action Award Scheme acknowledges and celebrates young peoples’ involvement within our communities. The award encourages volunteering and offers points for reflection. The award is split into four different levels tailored to different age groups.
A set of resources is now available for the scheme. The product of a two-year collaboration between CYMFed member dioceses and organisations, the resources have been created for use by young people from age 11 to 18. The scheme is flexible enough to be adapted to local need and can be run in either a parish or a school setting.
Materials are provided to guide leaders as they help participants glue together what they learn about faith, their own personal experience and their response to the needs of the world in which they live.
Written by a group of youth ministers and chaplains from across the country, the scheme is adopted by CYMFed and has received many endorsements.
The resources can be purchased here
Stations of the Cross in the Year of Mercy, with Fr Nick King SJ, produced by Southwark Catholic Youth Service.
These can be used for individual prayer and reflection via the podcast, or in larger groups using the videos.
Podcasts and videos are here
On Tuesday 8th December, we begin our Jubilee Year of Mercy which will take us through World Youth Day and many other events, before ending in November 2016. Below is the prayer written by Pope Francis especially for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
News & Blog
Now is the time to make absolutely sure whether anyone in your group needs a visa, because the deadline for processing them is 30th June. In particular, the Polish Consulate has clarified that anyone holding refugee status in the UK, WILL need a visa, even though their papers may state otherwise.
Go to our WYD2016 page to find out who needs a visa, and how to get one in time.
Hoping for some Taizé prayer during World Youth Day? Then we have great news for you, because the the Brothers of the Taizé Community will be at St Szczepan’s Church, Kraków, leading several prayer services each day from 25th – 29th July.
Our new page on all things Krakow is now up, starting with information about registration and groups that still have places. CatholicYouthWork.com is working with Teresa, the WYD Coordinator for England and Wales, to provide you with all the facts you’ll need in the lead-up to World Youth Day. We’ll be sharing news and info from the official organisers in Krakow, the National Office for Vocations, the British Consulate in Poland, the Polish Consulate in the UK, and the Polish Cultural Institute, and from you, the group leaders and participants.
Please use the new WYD topic on our forum to ask questions and share your thoughts with the CatholicYouthWork.com community. We’ll help you get the right answers to your questions, and make sure your ideas get around. It’ll also be a great way to make new connection with other Catholic Youth Workers before you get there!
We’re sending our very best wishes to everyone at Soli, the new Catholic teenage retreat centre in Alton, Staffordshire, which has just been officially opened by Archbishop Bernard Longley.
An outdoor service of blessing was attended by the staff of Soli, local school pupils, supporters and benefactors as well as members of the construction team who have refurbished the imposing stone building – which was formerly the Lord Shrewsbury pub!
Nominations are open until 20th May for this year’s Celebrating Young People Awards, powered by Million Minutes and in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
The annual awards ceremony honours the achievements of young people across the country who work to make our communities a better place. There are a total of eight award categories, which take their names from Catholic Social Teaching and recognising the enormous, often unseen, social action of young people.
In cooperation with the churches of the city, the Taizé Community will be facilitating a young adult gathering in Birmingham next year, over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, 28/04-1/05, 2017. Brother Alois, prior of the community, will take part.
16-35 year-olds are invited for the full weekend. 16-18 year-olds may alternatively come for a one day programme, just on the Saturday. The prayer gatherings will be open to people of all ages.
Main events over the weekend will take place in city-centre churches: St Chad’s Cathedral (Catholic), St Philip’s Cathedral (Anglican), The Church at Carrs Lane (Methodist and URC), and St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham’s ancient parish church.