There's lots coming up for young people and young adults in the Archdiocese - read on!
, and after the great success of the visit of the relics of St. John Bosco earlier in the month, a new initiative gets underway this Thursday
, 31st January - his feast day. The Don Bosco Teachers' Group
is intended as support for teachers in Catholic schools.
The first meeting takes place in the Eyre Hall of the Diocesan Offices, Clyde Street (next to St. Andrew's cathedral) at 7.30pm. All interested teachers are welcome - email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
, with this Friday being 1st February (already!), XPO is on at the Youth Pastoral Centre from 7.30-9pm.Music, input, Eucharistic Adoration, a chance to meet other young Catholics... it's all good!
New and old faces always welcome. For directions see here
.We're continuing our current Year of Faith series - trying to answer the questions other people ask about Catholicism!
This month: defending belief in the existence of God
, AGAP's annual Lentfest gets underway soon (at the beginning of Lent, in fact!) and with the programme just released, now's the time to book tickets!See www.agap.org.uk for more information. This year's Lentfest promises to be as brilliant and faith-filled as ever so whether you're into music, poetry, film, visual art, or drama
, there's something for you.(At least one member of the Youth Pastoral Team is delighted that this year kicks off with a whole lorra brass
, our youth ministry colleagues south of the Border have extended an invitation to the annual CYMFed Congress
on Saturday 16th March
.Congress 2013: The Faith Story takes place at The Sage, Gateshead, which is great for us as it means no long journey down to London!This is going to be an excellent day for youth leaders, parents, catechists, teachers, priests... you? A volunteer in need of a boost, or just received the Caritas Award and taking the next step in sharing your faith:
you're welcome!Let us know ASAP if you're 16+ and would like to go. We'll book tickets and transport as a group and cost is likely to be c.£40 for a day trip, or c.£75 with an overnight stay on Friday or Saturday (optional).
, (and finally, because I'm not even sure "fifthly" is a real word!) it's now only 178 days
until World Youth Day 2013: Scotland's Rio
!The good news is that the application deadline has been extended to 28th February
. Don't twiddle your thumbs though - spaces are limited. More info on the World Youth Day tab,
forms on the Downloads tab
, event website coming soon at www.scotlandsrio.org.uk
- get organised and get your name down pronto!
Archbishop Philip was present yesterday at the opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops and will be in Rome for the opening of the Year of Faith on Thursday of this week.
The synod fathers - of which our very own Archbishop is one - are in green chasubles, having just concelebrated Mass with Pope Benedict.
The work of the synod gets underway today, and lasts for three weeks. Archbishop Philip was chosen by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland to be our country's participant at the event. He's called a "synod father".
What's a synod anyway?
Here's a short video outlining the numbers of this synod, courtesy of Rome Reports:
A synod is literally an "assembly" or "gathering". The assemblies usually take place every three years to discuss a particular topic, although in fact the preparation starts as soon as the last synod meeting is finished - it's a bit like painting the Forth Bridge!*
To begin the process, bishops and people from around the world are consulted on a subject (such as the Word of God, or the Eucharist). Their comments are collected and circulated to everyone as a guideline for future discussion. From this a working document - "instrumentum laboris" - is published, and that's what the synod fathers plough through during the meeting itself! When the work of the synod fathers is done, the Pope takes their propositions and produces a final document called an "Exhortation" which is published some time later and is for everyone.
A synod is assisted by experts, who are often lay people, and witnessed by observers, such as those from other Christian denominations. Fewer than one in ten of all the bishops worldwide are present, so it's important to get a representative group that can discuss a topic and make wise recommendations for the future. With hundreds of people gathered together there is a strict limit on how long each participant - even bishops! - can speak at a time. Sometimes the limit can be as short as 3 minutes, so everyone's got to stay alert and on the ball to get the work done.
* The last job of the bishops gathered at a synod assembly is to elect those who will carry on its work, and plan the next one! That's why although the public meeting only happens occasionally, the "synod of bishops" is really a permanent organisation within the Church.
What's this one all about?
The full title of this synod assembly is "New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith".
We know that our Faith, once strong here and elsewhere in Europe and North America, is being challenged. Whereas in the past missionaries went in great numbers from Europe to spread the Gospel, now we seem to struggle. In his homily for the opening Mass of the synod, Pope Benedict reminds us that "the Church exists to evangelise" - to bring Good News - but notes that sometimes people do not practice the Faith they have received in baptism, and this affects our ability to share it with others. The New Evangelisation, he says, is aimed at "those who, though baptised, have drifted away from the Church and live without reference to Christian life".
"The Synodal Assembly [which opens today] is dedicated to this New Evangelisation, to help these people encounter the Lord, Who alone fills existence with deep meaning and peace; and to favour the rediscovery of the faith, that source of grace which brings joy and hope to personal, family and social life."
Our Faith is not a theory, it is a person - Jesus Christ. The synod of bishops is meeting now to discuss especially how we can all be renewed in this Faith and share it with others. So the Year of Faith and the synod go hand-in-hand!
Bishops (violet zucchetti), cardinals (red zuchetti), and the Pope (just one white zucchetto!) begin with a short prayer.
Pray for Archbishop Philip as he takes part in the synod. It's a tough job, but an important one! We're very blessed to have our own Archbishop present as one of the synod fathers. Hopefully he'll be able to tell us all about it soon.
There are a number of diocesan and national events coming up for young people to mark the Year of Faith.
Firstly, XPO returns this Friday (5th) at Our Lady of Consolation with Adoration, music, and pizza (although not at the same time!). Come along to meet other young adults from across the Archdiocese to discuss ideas for the coming year. More info on the OLOC tab above. If you've not been along before, why not make our monthly event for young adults your "new year's resolution" for the Year of Faith?
Secondly, the National Youth Event takes place at Gartmore House, near Stirling, from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November. This year's theme is "Rejoice in the Lord always" from Pope Benedict's World Youth Day letter. We have a number of spaces for delegates from the Archdiocese aged 16-35. The cost is £50 - for that you get to share great speakers, great liturgy, and great food with lots of lovely people! We end with joining the Bishops' Conference Mass for the opening of the Year of Faith at Motherwell Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. Get in touch with the Youth Pastoral Team as soon as possible for an application form.
Thirdly, and further in the distance, we're now taking initial bookings for WYD: Scotland's Rio which takes place at Stirling University from 25th - 28th July 2013. This event is for young people aged 14-25 and includes a taste of the World Youth Day experience right here in Scotland! There's more info on the WYD tab and you can get a form under the download tab (click "more") - send it in to us when you're done, or call if you've got any questions.
That's all for now - hope to see you at one, some, or all of these events so we can grow in faith together!
Our new Archbishop is on tour around the Archdiocese, celebrating Mass in each deanery over the next few weeks.
Go along to your nearest one and say hello! Mass begins at 7pm.
Tuesday 11 September – St. Thomas', Riddrie
Wednesday 12 September – Christ the King, Kings Park
Thursday 13 September – St. Matthew’s, Bishopbriggs
Monday 17 September – St. Philomena’s, Provanmill
Monday 24 September – St. Kessog’s, Balloch
Tuesday 25 September – St. Patrick’s, Anderston
Thursday 27 September – St. Mary’s, Duntocher
Use our Google map to find your way there: http://www.rcagyouth.org.uk/map-of-parishes.html