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    Resources at Random


    Bread Reflection

    This is a lovely Eucharistic reflection on bread from Fr David O’Malley SDB

    Be Revolutionary: A CAFOD Confirmation resource

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    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.”

    Peace Education Network: Teach Peace Resource Pack

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    There’s a whole series of resource on this site about teaching peace including prayers, activities and themes for sessions/lessons. You can download the whole things as one, or look at the individual elements. Take a look at them here!

    Revision, that time of year again…

    We’re heading towards exams, this means many of the young people we work with will be revising, or more likely procrastinating! While it’s good for them to get away from these pressures, I always found it was helpful to remind myself of some useful study skills basics so I could be useful if this is what they needed.

    I just found a couple of great posts on the Talking Donkey RE site with videos that are really great!

    You can find more here Read more

    God’s Chisel

    This is a brilliant skit about how God changes us and about how we try to resist God and keep control of things too often.

    It’s a really beautiful sketch.


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    The prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

    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:

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    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.

    Amen.

    CAFOD Advent Calendar

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    CAFOD have created an interactive 2015 Advent Calendar that includes stories of their work, daily readings and quotes from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.

    You can find the advent calendar on their website here!

    The Origins of Chaplaincy – From Fr David O’Malley SDB

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    Wednesday the 11th of November is the feast of St Martin de Tours, the first chaplain! Below is an extract from Fr David O’Malley’s book ‘School Ethos and Chaplaincy’, available from Don Bosco Publications and on Amazon

    “The story of chaplaincy begins at the gate to the city of Amiens in 337 CE. Martin, a young soldier in the Roman army, was walking into the city during a bitterly cold winter. The crowds were hurrying past a half-naked beggar who was close to death. Martin, unpaid and having only his military uniform, stopped and looked at the man who gazed back at him expectantly, with hand outstretched. After a slight hesitation, Martin took out his sword and then removed his cloak and sliced it through the middle giving one half to the man and using the other half to cover himself again. Read more

    Alpha Youth Film Series

    Alpha in the US have created some really good videos directed to young people. It’s not a Catholic resource, but is focused more on questions and opening up a space for people to start to engage with their faith, so we think it’s well worth looking at! Read more

    Climate Action Simulation Game

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    Remember trading trainers? Then the trade game? There’s a new climate based simulation game for groups! Check it out and find all the resources you need on the CAFOD site here

    King of Hearts – NYS 2015

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     The 2015 National Youth Sunday Resources are online, you can find them all here, order printed resources from Redemptorist publications, or download them directly from the Bishops Conference Website through the links below. Read more

    Commissioning Chaplains – Fr David O’Malley SDB


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    Taken from Fr David O’Malley’s Blog

    This is the time of year when many chaplains are commissioned or re-commissioned for service in school communities. Commissioning can be a very helpful experience for both the chaplain and for the school community because:

    • It highlights the spiritual dimension of the school and the seriousness with which the school approaches its ethos.
    • It emphasises the different role and relationships that the chaplain has to maintain within other professional relationships at school.
    • It allows the school to recognise its formal links to the church as a a church school, especially if the dean or some local clergy take part in the commissioning.
    • It is a formal invitation for others to recognise and pray for the chaplain and be ready to support their work.

    Read more


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    The prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

    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:

    RV6157_LancioGrande

    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.

    Amen.

    Hello from Jonny!

    Hello everyone! I just wanted to say a quick hello to you all! I’m Jonny, and I’m now responsible, for the next couple of months, for the day-to-day running of the Catholic Youth Work website.

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    I have recently finished 2 years of volunteering for the Salesians in their Social Media and Communications office. Previous to my work with the Salesians, I studied Computer Science at Bangor University in North Wales.

    I hope that I can keep up the impeccable work that Chris has done over the past 12 months and I also want to thank him for all the help and support he has given to me in the handover.

    Advent and Christmas Resources Page 2015

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    This is our run down of some of the best resources we’ve come across recently!
    If you’ve come across something really good, please do let us know! We’ll keep updating this page, but even if it’s January, we’d love to hear what worked well so we can share it with people the following Advent!

    To see all of our Advent Resources, do head to our Advent/Christmas resource page here.

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    Goodbye Chris!

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    22 months after first sending a message to a few friends involved in the work of the Salesians floating the idea of taking on the site, and 12 months after taking on the job of running the site I (Chris) am stepping down from the role this Friday, the 13th, to concentrate on my PhD and a few voluntary projects I’m involved in. It’s been a very big year for the site, and I hope my work has helped to put it in a strong position for the coming years and that is’a been a support to all of you who are involved in youth ministry in this country! Read more

    Pope Francis to Students in Cuba “In the daily reality of life, there has to be room for dreaming”

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    Below is the text of the unprepared remarks to students from Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba

    “You are standing up and I am sitting. How rude! But you know why I am sitting; it is because I was taking notes on some of the things which our companion here was saying. Those are the things I want to talk about.

    One really striking word he used was “dream”. A Latin American writer once said that we all have two eyes: one of flesh and another of glass. With the eye of flesh, we see what is in front of us. With the eye of glass, we see what we dream of. Beautiful, isn’t it? Read more

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