Young People & Ministry
Young people are not the Church of the future, they are the Church of now! The life of Jesus Christ as a young person, is one that Pope Francis invites us to consider.
Young people are visible in the Church. They are involved in parish life, school and university communities and the wider community, witnessing to their relationship with Jesus Christ through the sacraments, fighting for social justice, involved with social action projects and reaching out to those most in need, and witnessing to each other through their faith and discernment of the times as they find their way in the world. Young adults are visible in key roles across the Diocese and volunteer through many of the groups that are present.
The Diocese supports young people to respond to the invitation of faith in various ways. It provides the parish as the foundation for receiving the sacraments, participating in Mass and for personal growth through formation and catechesis. The Diocese provides education through its school network and provides chaplaincy across the region’s universities. There are also various opportunities for young people to experience the faith outside of the Diocese at events or through initiatives or via youth ministry opportunities.
Central to the ministry of Youth are opportunities to get involved at events and festivals of prayer, music, testimony and friendship. Many young people attribute a festival with ongoing encounters with Jesus and the Church.
A pilgrimage is a journey to a place of religious significance, such as Lourdes, Holy Land, Santiago de Compostella. A journey of lively worship, teaching, fellowship and fun.
In every moment of our daily lives we are journeying in faith. Our local community, parish and friendships sustain us
Flame is the largest UK national gathering of young people in the Catholic Church. The event is held at the OVO Wembley arena and will take place on Saturday March 4th 2023. Over 10,000 young people attend. The diocese will be arranging an escorted trip. The theme of Flame 2023 – which is exactly 150 days before World Youth Day in Lisbon – takes the WYD Scripture “Mary arose and went with haste” and crystallises it into the theme, “Rise Up!”Rise up after the pandemic, Rise up as young Catholics, Rise up – as Mary did – for the surprising and beautiful adventure that is our Catholic faith.
Each year, many young people make the annual trip to Lourdes with the Diocese. While in Lourdes, young people take part in an array of things. We pray together, work together, eat together, sing together, laugh together and come away with some of the best friendships and memories that we will treasure for life. This year the pilgrimage takes place from 17th- 21st July 2023
We want to help young people explore the Catholic faith, build positive relationships with one another and grow as followers of Jesus. Our parishes are the environment where young people are sustained in their faith journey through the sacraments, fellowship and peer to peer groups. You can find an array of groups for young people across the diocese. An example of such a group is based at St Swithun Wells parish below. However, for a group near you, visit your local parish.
Youth 2000 is an international spiritual initiative established to draw young people to a deep and lasting union with Jesus Christ, placing the Eucharist “the source and summit of the Christian life” at the centre of its mission. Youth 2000 are back this August at Ampleforth Abbey for their 2022 Summer Festival! Join hundreds of young Catholics from across the UK for a weekend filled with faith, fun and friendship!
The international World Youth Day celebration takes place every 2-3 years, typically in the summer months and on a major scale. The next one of these will take place from Tuesday to Sunday, August 1 to 6, 2023, in Lisbon, Portugal with millions of people and Holy Father. The international festival of faith in Portugal in August 2023 will be a chance for pilgrims around the world to come together with young people from every continent to pray, worship, and celebrate the Catholic faith.
Young people are involved in numerous social action projects across the diocese, helping people in the communities, fundraising for causes and caring for the environment. CARITAS supports our parishes to deliver these opportunities. Be inspired and get involved.