As part of Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress being held in Liverpool in September 2018, a youth event is taking place on Saturday 8th June, at the Echo Arena near the famous Liverpool waterfront. This will be a superb day, with over 1000 young people from all over the UK gathered to explore the theme ‘I am the Bread of Life’, and enjoy music, activities and each other’s company. Read more
A retreat is a wonderful way to end a term, and it’s great to see one specially for teachers. The Briars in Matlock, Derbyshire, is offering a retreat from 6th – 8th July 2018, led by the superb David Wells, who many of you will know from Flame congresses.
It’s going to be a hugely popular event, so contact them ASAP if you’d like to go. Email email@example.com or phone 01773 852 044
The Flame Congress gets bigger and even more amazing very time, so you really don’t want to miss Flame2019. Held again at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on 2nd March 2019, Flame2019 is likely to attract 10,000 young people from around the country, and is aimed primarily at school years 10-13.
The new online booking system is now open, and booking early gets you a cheaper Earlybird price, and seats nearest to the action, Over 3,500 tickets have been booked in the first week, so get on it now! Book on the CYMFed website.
The Salesians in Britain and Ireland have just launched a new series of programmes together, to explore the sacred lands of Britain and Ireland. The first of these takes place in England from 18th – 25th August 2018. You’ll walk timeless Christian routes, and explore cathedrals and abbeys, Neolithic sites and a Bronze Age causeway – but the group size is strictly limited to just 8, so book soon! Read more
The final document produced from listening to young people at the pre-synodal meeting in Rome from 19th – 24th March 2018, was presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, and has been published by the Vatican. The meeting was attended by more than 300 young people from all over the world, and a further 15,000 took part online through the Facebook groups set up for the event. It is a fascinating document, which gives the Bishops plenty of insight into the realities of life, faith and vocational discernment for young people today. You can read it in full here, but for now, here are a couple of extracts:
It is important at the outset to clarify the parameters of this document. It is neither to compose a theological treatise, nor is it to establish new Church teaching. Rather, it is a statement reflecting the specific realities, personalities, beliefs and experiences of the young people of the world. This document is destined for the Synodal Fathers. This is to give the Bishops a compass, pointing towards a clearer understanding of young people: a navigational aid for the upcoming Bishops’ Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment” in October 2018. It is important that these experiences be viewed and understood according to the various contexts in which young people are situated.
Summer is just round the corner – honest! What better to get you thinking of those long, balmy evenings than planning your trip to Brightlights?
The Alton Castle event is on from 29th June – 1st July, with a line-up The 2018 line-up including One Hope Project, Guvna B and Written in Kings. There are a range of accommodation options, and day passes, with or without meals. Early bird passes are on offer until 6th April, and start at just £49 for a camping or castle dorm pass.
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.
From 19 – 24 March, around 300 young people representing the youth of the world are attending a Vatican meeting to set out the views of young people for #Synod 2018. Their input will be presented to the Pope on Palm Sunday, the 33rd World Youth Day.
The Holy Father wants as many young people as possible to be heard, so a team of young people working with the Vatican is encouraging everyone aged 16-29 to participate in these pre-synodal discussions by social media. Read more
The Report on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment has been written by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in response to a worldwide consultation that is taking place in preparation for the Synod of the same name that is to take place in October 2018. Read more
Online registration for pilgrims attending the has opened! Pope Francis has already registered, and groups around the UK are making plans for this mega event, from January 22-27, 2019.