Last year 10,000 young people gathered at Wembley Arena for Flame, the bi-annual national Catholic youth congress.
The theme that was explored that day was ‘Significance’. We reflected on how we are all significant to God as His loved and created beings and so because of that we all have our own unique vocation to explore and fulfil.
This year, we are asked to continue that reflection on our ‘significance’.
There are resources to help you explore this theme at a parish level, in schools, at home, or simply on your own; and are available on the Youth Sunday website
As well as a chance to reflect on the life and role of young people in our Archdiocese, Youth Sunday is also an opportunity to think about how we can support our young people on their pilgrim journey of faith.
Who have you supported this year?
Animate Youth Ministries is the youth service of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. We are a group of young people living and working as a community for a year. We work with over 10,000 young people a year, aiming to help those young people grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with God and their brothers and sisters in Christ.
2700 Took Part in High School Day Retreats
1050 Took Part in Year 6 Transition Day Retreats
4500 Took Part in School Mission Days or Weeks
1046 Took Part in the Faith in Action Award
500 Travelled to Lourdes on Pilgrimage
How can I support our Young People?
Support can come in different ways.
Many of you will support our young people through the collection at Mass on Youth Sunday. Thank you in advance for that. You should know that every penny you donate today goes to supporting young people in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
Some of you might feel you are able to offer more regular financial support through a weekly gift aid donation. If so, please complete the gift aid form in church or download a copy from animateyouth.org
Many of you offer practical support by bringing young people to our Youth Alive Masses, helping with the Faith in Action Award Scheme, assisting with fundraising for Lourdes and many more examples. Thank you for all that you do. If you would like to offer support in this way, please contact animate and we can let you know the different ways you might be able to be involved.
Finally, and most importantly, you can support our young people through your prayers.
It is a great blessing and joy to be able to work as the Director of Youth Ministry in this Archdiocese.
At times I, and maybe most of us, can look at the world and see bleak horizons. And yet I then take part in a retreat here at Lowe House in St Helens with a group of year 7’s, or I look at the final piece of a year 11 aiming for a gold Faith in Action Award, or I see a young person so engrossed in talking to a pilgrim in Lourdes that they are ignoring everything else around them and I suddenly start to see the world a little differently.
As Pope St John Paul II famously said, ‘We are an Easter people and “Alleluia” is our cry’. Working with young people both reminds me of, and gives me, the hope I should always have as a child of God.
I am fortunate that I am able to see those moments of grace and blessing perhaps more often than many others.
I pray that you might find some similar hope in this post.
There is so much good that does happen in our Archdiocese and today is a chance to celebrate the young people in our parishes and schools.
I want to ‘thank you’ for all that you do to support the work we do with young people across our Archdiocese.
Fr Simon Gore