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Celebrate 20 years of ministry at Brightlights 2016


Brightlights is celebrating three different 20th birthdays at this year’s festival. Brightlights itself,  Alton Castle Retreat Centre, and  CJM Music Collective are all marking 20 years of ministry, and there’s never been a more exciting time to spend a weekend at Alton Castle. With great live music, engaging speakers, interesting workshops, fun activities, opportunities for prayer, and beautiful liturgies, why would you want to be anywhere else?

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WYD2016: Ask questions & share ideas on our community forum

The Pope’s schedule for WYD in Krakow has been announced, and the time to prepare seems to be going by so fast!

If you have any ideas to share or questions to ask, share them with the community. Please use the new WYD topic on our forum, and we’ll be working with Teresa at the National Office for Vocations to get the right answers to your questions, and make sure your ideas and info get around. It’ll also be a great way to make new connection with other Catholic Youth Workers before you get there.

Happy planning!

Booking open for Flame 2017


Booking is open for the next Flame on 11th March 2017 at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Book before 11th October and catch the early bird price of £18 per person (full price £22)

The theme is 10,000 Reasons  …  and Matt Redman has confirmed he is performing and is looking forward to joining everyone. In the meantime, the Flame 2017 team will be sending out updates which we’ll post here.

‘Spread the word and together, let’s gather 10,000 young people this time next year!’

Here’s a trailer to build the aniticipation:

You can download the booking form and poster from the CYMFed website

Mont Saint Michel encourages young pilgrims to new Priory welcome centre


 A famous site for pilgrimages and retreats for centuries, Mont Saint Michel has recently opened a new project, bringing the Priory back to life as a welcome centre with accommodation for visitors and pilgrims.

The Mont-Saint-Michel Foundation is keen to encourage schools, colleges and youth groups to visit for a retreat, a pilgrimage, or a tour for a choir or orchestra, and fully experience the spiritual and cultural aspects they provide.

 Download more information on the history and current work of Mont Saint Michel below.

Faith in Action Awards – Scheme Launch Event

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Following the national launch of the CYMFed National Award Scheme,’Faith in Action’, the work of helping each diocese with implementation is now under way, with Middlesbrough holding the very first Diocesan Launch on Friday 15th April.

The day is being hosted jointly by MYMission and the Diocesan Schools Service, at the Park Inn Hotel, York, and is primarily aimed at school
Chaplains, Heads and Heads of RE. May of those who contributed to the development of the materials and the delivery structure will be speaking.

There will be places available for people from outside the Diocesan area who are interested in the scheme to attend and learn more about it.

Download the leaflet for more information and a booking form.
Faith in Action – Award Scheme Launch 15.04.16

Preparing for World Youth Day?

The volunteers on the Local Organising Committee for World Youth Day have been putting out a series of ‘WYD Minute’ videos to help people prepare and get an idea of what to expect from this amazing event. Here’s the English version of their latest one – have a look on their YouTube channel for others. has more on WYD coming soon.

CYMFed National Catholic Award Scheme – resources launched


Launched in early February 2016, at the CYMFed National Leaders’ Congress, the Faith in Action Award Scheme acknowledges and celebrates young peoples’ involvement within our communities. The award encourages volunteering and offers points for reflection. The award is split into four different levels tailored to different age groups.

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Hello from Clare

I’ve just taken over the running of the Catholic Youth Work site from Jonny.

Before joining Salesian Link, I was Programme Manager for the Jesuit Volunteer Community, so I may have met many of you during that time.


I’m really excited about taking on Catholic Youth Work, and hoping I do justice to the great work Jonny’s done (and Chris and Jack before him) – and that I remember everything he told me in our handover this week!

Do get in touch to say hi!

Clare Lewis

The prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy


On Tuesday 8th December, we begin our Jubilee Year of Mercy which will take us through World Youth Day and many other events, before ending in November 2016. Take a look at the prayer written by Pope Francis especially for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:

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Hello from Jonny!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to say a quick hello to you all! I’m Jonny, and I’m now responsible, for the next couple of months, for the day-to-day running of the Catholic Youth Work website.


I have recently finished 2 years of volunteering for the Salesians in their Social Media and Communications office. Previous to my work with the Salesians, I studied Computer Science at Bangor University in North Wales.

I hope that I can keep up the impeccable work that Chris has done over the past 12 months and I also want to thank him for all the help and support he has given to me in the handover.