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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 new resources for Lent from CAFOD are online now and tell the story of how communities in Zambia are learning to grow and sell fish to make a living. Read more
Women’s World Day of Prayer 2017 is on Friday 3rd March. It’s one of the biggest ecumenical prayer events worldwide, and each year, Christian women from a different country write a prayer service for a new theme. This year’s theme , ‘Am I being unfair to you’ is about justice, and was inspired by the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The order of service for 2017 was written by the women of the Philippines. Read more
National Youth Sunday in 2016 marks the conclusion of the Year of Mercy The NYS website reflects on this Sunday’s Gospel, and on acts of mercy:
On December 8th 2015, Pope Francis initiated a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This special year concludes on 20 November 2016.
To mark this, Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, and its children’s branch Mission Together, have produced Primary and Secondary versions of the assembly Our Mission; To Be Merciful. These assemblies focus on the key themes of the Jubilee, help explain mercy and mission, and emphasize the ongoing call to act mercifully. Our Mission; To Be Merciful can be downloaded free from our respective websites: www.missio.org.uk and www.missiontogether.org.uk
The Apostleship of the Sea has some great assembly and lesson plans based on the ‘Apostle of the Slaves’ on its website.
The resources are for Stage 2 and 3/4, and provide interesting material on his life and work, and on how the Apostleship of the Sea follows in his footsteps in ministering to seafarers today.
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.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Misericordiae Vultus, CJM Music has produced a song available for free download.
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.
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
Migrant Crisis?: The Big Debate
A PowerPoint from Columban Justice and Peace Education. For use with young people to explore refugees and faith responses.
The Columbans Justice and Peace Education team have created this resource to for their work, but wanted to share it with a wider audience.
You can download it here!
It’s been all over the news, but is a topic that’s always worth looking at. Find some of CAFOD’s resources about the current crisis that will also be useful after the news stories die down. Find their resources here.
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 lovely video summary of Laudato Si from James Martin, great for use with young people!
This is a video produced by the Vatican to go out as they publish the whole forty thousand word document. It is in English, as well as Italian and Spanish. Read more
An interesting little video that gives some of this context and history of Archbishop Romero, due for beatification later this year
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. You can find all the resources here.
This is a great video from CRS (US CAFOD) by the Archbishop New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan