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.
Applications for the Faith in Politics Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme close on 28 February 2020.
So – I imagine by now, even the most laid-back of you have finished all your preps for National Youth Sunday – but don’t forget that the new website will still be there after 24 November, and its resources are valuable all year round.
Take another look and keep going back – there will be material to help you in so many situations – like the video above from Robert Madu.
Have a great National Youth Sunday 2019!
On the Feast of Christ the King, National Youth Sunday, the Synod Fruits project launches its first fundraiser to help bring Pope Francis’s message from Christus Vivit to life in exhibitions offered to Cathedrals around the country.
The team at Synod Fruits hope funds raised will enable them to exhibit portraits of twelve young saints, paired with extracts from Christus Vivit, in Cathedrals and city centre churches around the country in a bid to bring the richness of Pope Francis’s message to more people. The portraits were created by young Catholic artist John Paul de Quay.
In the lead-up to National Youth Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King, 24 November, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent a video message encouraging young people to feel a part of the Church, reminding them of their significance, and urging them to use their unique and valuable skills to be “digital disciples”, taking the Christian message into the modern world.
This year, preparations for National Youth Sunday have been led by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, (CYMFed), with youth ministers creating resources for use by other youth ministers, with the theme of “Significance”. The Cardinal’s message was filmed as one of a range of materials now available on the new website for use in four broad settings: parishes, schools, families and by individuals. See our resources section for more about this). Read more
CAFOD’s education team has added more dates in Sheffield and London for their new course to enable chaplains, youth leaders and teachers to develop their own leadership programmes for young people. Read more