National Youth Sunday 2017
On Sunday 26th November, the feast of Christ the King, the Church invites young people to be at the heart of our celebration of National Youth Sunday. This year our theme is 'Something to Say'.
Something to Say?
In the lead up to the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, Pope Francis said, "Every young person has something to say...something to say to priests, sisters, bishops and even the Pope.' He is encouraging young people to turn to the Church and share their thoughts, cares and concerns. It is a chance for those in positions of influence to take advantage of the opportunity provided by this synod, to encourage young people to make their voice heard as we too believe they have something to say to their parish priests, to their chaplains, to the Church in general. By making the most of this conversation it will help the Church become better at accompanying young people in their vocational discernment.
A Clear Focus
The synod office has defined young people as those aged between 16-29 years and would like to encourage every young person who wants to talk to the Church about their lives, whether Catholic or not to respond with what they have to say to the Church.
When talking about vocational discernment, the Church is referring to helping people on the path to finding the unique calling on each person’s life. Our vocation - God’s dream for us to fulfill our potential can be difficult to find on our own, which is why the Church is exploring how best to walk with those who ask for help.
Every young person has something to say to others. He or she has something to say to adults, something to say to priests, sisters, bishops and even the pope. All of us need to listen to you!
Video for Priests
At times engaging with young people can seem like a difficult task that is yet another draw on an already busy schedule. However, if you want to find an easy, effective and enjoyable way of connecting with young people, why not host a meal with a group of young people? Fr Bob did watch this short video to find out how it went.
This is a good opportunity for me to learn more about my faith.
The Something to Say Meal is just one of many simple ways that priests, chaplains and catechists can connect with young people and hear what they have to say. Somewhere out there are young people who would love the opportunity to be invited for a meal with their parish priest. A group of four to six people is ideal for worthwhile conversation. We have produced the following video to encourage young people to accept an invitation to such a meal.
Please do share this video on your social media platforms, send it via email or use the QR code and newsletter insert as part of your invitation to young people.