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
Catholic Residential Retreat Centres across the country are still recruiting for volunteers for September 2019.
As a retreat team volunteer, you’ll gain valuable experience working with children and young people. You’ll develop skills in team work, organisation and leadership that will benefit you in whatever future career you choose, or give you the experience you need to change direction from your earlier path. You’ll enjoy the companionship of a community of young adults, and make lifelong friends. You’ll grow in confidence and maturity, have the opportunity to reflect on the next steps in your life, and deepen your faith. Read more
We’re all thinking more about the importance of discernment since the Synod, and this summer, Compass is leading a summer school from Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2019, to help young Catholic adults find their true path to living life joyfully and faithfully.
The event will be held at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, and it’s open to people aged 18-35. The cost for full board for the five day event is £150, and bursaries are available.
St Mary’s University, Twickenham in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) is offering an International Faith Formation Leadership Programme from – .
The programme is aimed at Catholic school leaders and teachers, including religious education teachers, and Church leaders, youth ministers,parish educators and all those who work in Catholic schools on behalf of the Church.
Celebrating Young People Awards 2019
Who will you nominate?
On 3 July 2019 young people from across the country will gather in London’s West End for the Celebrating Young People Awards. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be presenting this year’s Pope Francis Award. The awards – now in their fourth year – are organised by Million Minutes and see hundreds of young people nominated in six categories, each celebrating a different aspect of Catholic Social Teaching lived out in social action. Read more
Lent is only a few weeks away, so why not sign up for siLENT 2019, as a school or parish group, or just on your own? You’ll find some stillness in our frantic world, and the sponsorship you raise will support young people in transforming their lives and their world.
Nominations are now open for the fourth Celebrating Young People Awards. The awards – powered by Catholic charity Million Minutes – honour the achievements of young people across the country who make our communities better places. There are eight award categories, which take their names from Catholic social teaching and recognise the enormous, often unseen, social action of young people. Above: Last year’s Pope Francis Award recipient was Aaron, from Loreto College Manchester. Read more
World Youth Day in Panama was amazing – but many of us joust couldn’t be there to soak up that inspirational atmosphere. You and your group can still get that uplifting WYD experience at WYD@Home, hosted at Alton Castle from 7-9 June, and with the superearlybird offer, if you hurry, you can save 20% on all types of ticket.
Visit the new WYD@Home website to find out more and book.
Fr Dominic Howarth, Chair of the Flame core group, and Fr Dermott Donnelly, CYMFed Chair, have more info on Flame 2019, and why it’s going top be a great event to bring your young people to.
The CYMFed Flame Congress is now just 8 weeks away, on 2nd March 2019, at Wembley Arena. Many parishes and school groups have already booked tickets for their young people to enjoy this amazing celebration of Catholic faith, in a vibrant atmosphere, full of joy, with content presented in a way which resonates for young people.
If your parish or school has not yet booked, there is still time, and we – as organisers – will make it as easy as possible for you. We are bringing groups ourselves, and so we will hopefully offer you all the practical information you need as you prepare to travel to Wembley, and a memorable and inspiring day when you get there.