September 2015

Message from Pope Francis for World Youth Day 2016


Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7)

Dear Young People,


We have come to the last stretch of our pilgrimage to Krakow, the place where we will celebrate the 31st World Youth Day next year in the month of July. We are being guided on this long and challenging path by Jesus’ words taken from the Sermon on the Mount. We began this journey in 2014 by meditating together on the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). The theme for 2015 was: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). During the year ahead, let us allow ourselves to be inspired by the words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). Read more

Migrant Debate Resource from the Columbans

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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!

Delta of faith: What does Taizé have that the rest of the Church is missing?

Written by Bernhard Meuser, the man behind YOUCAT, translated and adapted by Kristian Hewett.


In my home country of Germany, the ecumenical community of Taizé is popular with many young people, both committed Christians and those simply interested in exploring faith and religion. Yet a not inconsiderable number of priests and chaplains consider the place to be a counterproductive institution. They work hard to organise Church life in their community, and then those who have been to Taizé come back home from their seventh heaven there and make no secret of their discontent with the offerings of their local Church. Enthusiastic accounts of the wonderful atmosphere in Taizé are laden with a harsh, fundamental criticism: “They’ve got it! You haven’t. Church like the one at Taizé? Yes please! Church like here? No thanks! We don’t need your Church”. Read more

Commissioning Chaplains – Fr David O’Malley SDB


Taken from Fr David O’Malley’s Blog

This is the time of year when many chaplains are commissioned or re-commissioned for service in school communities. Commissioning can be a very helpful experience for both the chaplain and for the school community because:

  • It highlights the spiritual dimension of the school and the seriousness with which the school approaches its ethos.
  • It emphasises the different role and relationships that the chaplain has to maintain within other professional relationships at school.
  • It allows the school to recognise its formal links to the church as a a church school, especially if the dean or some local clergy take part in the commissioning.
  • It is a formal invitation for others to recognise and pray for the chaplain and be ready to support their work.

Read more

Be Revolutionary: A New Confirmation Resource

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CAFOD has launched a new Confirmation resource inspired by Pope Francis.

Be Revolutionary is a response to Pope Francis’ call to young people at World Youth Day in 2013, when he encouraged them to “be revolutionaries” and to “swim against the tide”, to have a passion for justice and an understanding that our faith cannot be separated from a concern for our sisters and brothers around the world. The resource encourages young people to step up to this challenge and find out what they can do to work for justice.   Read more

CAFOD Refugee Crisis Resources

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.


The E-Testament

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The Salesian Media Office shares a reflection, video and prayer each week to help young people reflect on the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. It’s updated each week and is a great resource for young people themselves and form time prayers!

You can find the site here: