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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.
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
New resources created by young adults unpackage the Synod Final Document and Pope Francis’s exhortation, and offer reflections for youth workers.
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.
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.
This year’s Lent resources from Mission Together include a Stations of the Cross liturgical resource for the first time. Read more
CAFOD has released a range of resources and guides for the ‘Give it up’ Lent campaign, including video, assemblies, prayer and liturgy, fundraising ideas; an ‘action a day’ calendar, and templates for publicising school events and fundraising.in newsletters and to local media.
Million Minutes develops new and innovative projects that help empower young people, inspired by the principles of Catholic social teaching, to reach out to those in need. Pictured above is Amy (from For Jimmy) a recipient of siLENT.
They’re offering assemblies and workshops to Catholic schools in England and Wales over the coming year to encourage young people to take an active role in social action and inspire them to change their world – arrange yours now!
Panama2019 has produced a set of catechetical lessons to help prepare young people spiritually for January’s World Youth Day. The lessons can be downloaded as pdfs, and cover a range of topics and a variety of activities, following the ‘see, judge. act’ model.
Mission Together has created new liturgies, assemblies and craft activities for 2018 to help primary age groups journey through Advent.
CAFOD has a range of resources for helping young people (secondary age) to engage with the issues around the global refugee crisis, including the short animation above.
This year’s Advent calendar for secondary schools from CAFOD has a focus on refugees and includes daily class prayers.
Sunday 25th November, the feast of Christ the King, is National Youth Sunday. Resources for use in parish and school settings have been posted out, and can also be accessed through the Home Mission website (see below). Read more
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?”
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
This November marks the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, and the Bible Society has a range of resources for primary and secondary ages groups to explore the issues around the ‘war to end all wars’. Read more
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.
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)
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
Have you seen the God Calls app from the National Office for Vocations? The app, aimed at 16-29 year olds, brings together daily scripture readings with reflection points, prayers, inspiring biographies of the saints and news and events from the Catholic world.
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
You’ve probably seen the classic video from Busted Halo – well, they’ve produced a new version for 2018, so take a look at this one!
For Lent 2018, Missio have produced Stations of the Cross for secondary schools and colleges. These accessible stations encourage young people to reflect on the lessons communicated through Jesus’ passion and apply them to contemporary issues. A series of CST assemblies to accompany each week of Lent are also available. Download their Lent resources at the Missio website
Mission Together Lent assemblies, activities and much loved daily Calendar, help primary schools journey meaningfully through Lent. Download all these resources at MissionTogether
Missio has created Advent assemblies to help schools, colleges and youth groups journey towards Christmas. The assemblies focus on Missio’s international projects, enabling pupils to discover how the Universal Church is bringing the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of Christ to those living in poverty, regardless of background or belief. Read more
To help primary schools journey towards Christmas, Mission Together has lots of attractive Advent resources to offer a joyful and thoughtful approach to this wonderful season. Read more
Resources are now available for this year’s National Youth Sunday, on 26th November, the feast of Christ the King. Read more
The very first World Day of the Poor, called for by Pope Francis, is on 33rd Sunday of the year, 19th November. Caritas Social Action Network has a range of resources available to help schools and parishes get involved. 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
It’s that time of year already! CAFOD’s refugee-themed Advent Calendar is available to download now, and it’s great for KS3/KS4 and post-16 prayers. Read more
The second in Pax Christi’s series of lesson plans and materials for A-level Religious Studies explores various forms of pacifism by looking at the lives of Christian men and women who have resisted war and violence.