Happy Ss. Cyril and Methodius day! Erm, isn’t this a post about St. Valentine? Well, it is, but we’ve got to begin by saying that it’s not actually St. Valentine’s feast day today! What? Wait a minute! Is this one of those weird Mandela Effect things?!
Well no. You see, we used to celebrate St. Valentine’s day on the 14th February, before the Second Vatican Council.
But we don’t know a great deal about St. Valentine, which is perhaps why the feast became a local, rather than a universal, feast. In fact there are not one, but two, third Century and martyrs called Valentine: Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Both of these early saints were buried on the Via Flaminia in Rome. To make things more confusing, there is a third Valentine, martyred somewhere in Africa, who is mentioned in some texts, and he is also remembered on the 14th February!
And we can’t be sure about much more than that! The stories that later were later passed down about the Valentines depict brave men who challenged the hegemony of the pagan Roman Empire in order to tell people about Jesus.
There are lots of churches dedicated to St. Valentine, and lots of places that venerate relics of St. Valentine.
But did you know that one of those places is the Birmingham Oratory?!
When Blessed John Henry Newman founded the Oratory, the Pope gave Newman the remains of St. Valentine. Blessed John Henry Newman had some difficulty getting the relics through customs. Officials in Verona thought he should pay a duty! They recorded the remains as ‘a mummy’ and they are now enshrined at a side altar near the pulpit in the Oratory. The pope, Blessed Pius IX, also gave permission for the Oratory to celebrate St. Valentine’s feast on 21st February.
So folks, wish your loved ones a happy Ss. Cryil and Methodius Day today: You’ve actually got until this time next week to get a St. Valentine’s Day card. And why not take a moment to remember the real meaning of St. Valentine’s day? Although we know very little about those early martyrs, they gave their lives to tell the world of a love divine, all loves excelling.
It's a Knockout is a Kenelm Youth Trust event encouraging parishes and schools to enter teams of young people for friendly competition in a series of challenging and crazy games!
It enables parishes to come together and celebrate their faith!
Fun, Camping, Bonfire, BBQ, Mass, Trophies, Prayer, Music and Laughter.
A highlight in many youth group and school chaplaincy calendars! Perhaps this event could be a catalyst for beginning youth ministry in your parish or a chance for existing groups to invite their friends
Teams must be a minimum of six young people. There is no maximum number per team.
Each team must be supervised by a DBS CHECKED youth leader.
Tents can be put up Friday evening or prior to registration on Saturday.
10:00 First game begins
16:45 Games finish
This will be followed by Mass Awards, BBQ and Bonfire Entertainments
Night Prayer 10pm
09:00 Sunday Morning Prayer
10:00 Players take part in a variety of team & Individually scored games covering the site using skill, ability and brain power. Big Money prizes!
12:00 The site will be cleared and departures set
What is the Cost?
Camping £28 per person
Saturday day event only £22 per person
This year at an additional cost Pods are available to hire! £55 per Pod (raised floor, carpeted and insulated) Sleep 4-6 Book a pod early so you do not miss out!
How do we book a Team?
You will then be able to download your booking form, consent form and info pack.
How do we pay
A £50 deposit payment for each team is required to book a team
Please send all payment to Maria Bracken, Don Bosco House, Coventry Road, Coleshill B46 3EA.
Cheques should be made payable to the ‘Kenelm Youth Trust’
The balance can be paid on the day.
What do we need to bring?
- All teams need to provide their own tents
- You will need parental consent forms
- Packed Lunch for Saturday
(BBQ, breakfast, snacks and drinks are all included)
- Pocket money for tuck shop
- Ensure your group all have plates, forks and mugs for the weekend
(Your group are responsible for washing up their own eating utensils)
• Timetables are given out at registration • There will be a qualified first aider on site • The referees decision is final. In the event of a tie, youth group leaders will decide whether their team plays in a play off or whether the winners share the trophy. • Ensure group leaders have all consent forms, players have any medication and Maria Bracken has been notified of all dietary requirements no later than Friday June7th (07980253565) • Groups need to organise their own transport
Download Booking/Consent Form
The Fearless weekend retreat is running at Alton Castle from the 22nd-24th March 2019 and promises to be filled with adventure, adrenaline, times of prayer, worship and an opportunity to enter into the sacraments.
As always this retreat is open to all young people in Years 5 through to Year 9 however this year, Fearless will include a stream for Young Leaders in Years 10 through to 13.
The young leaders stream will have their own accommodation in Soli Centre for Youth Ministry and will take part in sessions tailored just for them: designed to engage inspire and build up their ability to lead and share the faith.
Experience a weekend at Alton Castle like no other. Cost: £75pp. Email Stephen for more info, or download a booking form here and book your place today.
Proud 2 Profess is a one-day event running on Saturday 13th April 2019 at Oscott College bringing together young people and young adults aged 14 - 30 from across the Diocese, as we enter into Holy Week. Proud 2 Profess will features an immersive, live presentation of the Stations of the Cross and workshops that shed new light on to Jesus' passion, as seen through the eyes of those who were there.
For young people going on pilgrimage to Lourdes in May, this day will also offer a fresh look at Marian devotion and the importance of Our Lady in our Catholic faith.
For more information or to book tickets, please email Megan
LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING
Join us for a day of prayer and relaxation in the beautiful surroundings of the Divine Love Community House as we reflect upon the role of our own spiritual lives in our ministry with young people. Through inspiring talks, time for personal prayer and the Celebration of Mass we invite you to join us as we go deeper in our journey and explore how our faith can overflow into the lives of others. Email Kristi to book your place, but move fast as places are limited!
At the end of January, young people and young adults across the Diocese rolled up their sleeves to take part in mission projects in their local areas. This initiative was a response to the voice of young people who, ahead of the Church’s recent synod, spoke about a desire to engage in service and social action. The different teams later met in Wolverhampton to celebrate Mass, tune in to footage of World Youth Day in Panama and enjoy Panamanian cuisine.
A group in Oxford joined with the Companions of Malta to organise an afternoon tea (with live lounge music!) to approximately 20 homeless guests. In Staffordshire, young people joined Sanctus in Stoke-On-Trent, to welcome and support refugees. In Coventry, dozens of young people served lunch and made care packages for refugee families and homeless people, as well as raising £650. Young people from Birmingham and Wolverhampton held a sponsored sleep-over and raised over £400 to support Tabor House’s work with the homeless. The next day they served at a local soup kitchen alongside the local Sikh community.
Pope Francis affirmed young people’s desire to be missionaries when he wrote, in Evangelii Gaudium, "Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church" (EG 15). The Pope has since announced that October 2019 will be an Extraordinary Mission Month, and KYT look forward to working closely with the Columbans to provide resources and mission opportunities in October.
An incredible opportunity to work with our partners serving the community of Meio da Serra, a poor settlement in the mountains of Brazil.
For two weeks you will be living simply, spending time at the mission centre, teaching English, running health care workshops, understanding a new culture, visiting family homes and working on service projects in the community.
Two of our mornings will be spent in the orphanage, playing games, sharing faith, singing songs, creating workshops, sharing donations and learning about daily life.
Our focus will also be on growing in our understanding of Discipleship as we work, pray and journey alongside Brazilian young adults from the CLM community.
We will also have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the tiny chapel inside the base of the iconic CHRIST THE REDEEMER statue and enjoy a free day at Copacabana beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
An opportunity that changes hearts! Not to be missed! Are you brave enough?
If you are aged between 18 - 30 years then book today. There are only 20 places avaiLable.
Download your APPLICATION FORM HERE
Download your INFORMATION PACK HERE
Watch a young missionaries video of Mission Brazil
Over the course of a year, participants will attend 6 INSET sessions, complete 6 reflective practice assignments and read 6 set texts. The six modules that will be covered are,
The course is completely free for those who are a part of the Chaplaincy Agreement so to book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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