We recently hosted regional launch nights across the Archdiocese for the PopeJohn Paul II Award and Faith in Action Award.
Both of these awards aim to encourage young people ages 11-15 (Faith in Action) and 16-25 (JPII) to be involved with social action projects in their schools, parishes and local community as well as to encourage young people to take a really active role in their local parish community.
Do you have a heart for helping others? Do you love experiencing new people and places? Are you open to a life changing experience? Then Mission Uganda 2020 could be for you! Join a group of 10 young adults alongside a chaplain and travel to Uganda for a 2 week encounter of service, mission and community. If you are a young adult aged 18-30 who is open to reaching into the unknown and throwing yourself into a transformative meeting of cultures full of joy and discovery then consider applying to be a part of this upcoming opportunity. From teaching to sports, music to visiting homes, there is a whole range of ways you can offer your gifts to this project and in return receive the warmest Ugandan welcome from the community of Mwizi who can't wait to meet you! Mission Uganda calls us to respond with love to our call to go beyond ourselves and see the face of Christ is our neighbour. So if you are ready to respond to that call then simply download the application form today, get in touch with us and begin the journey of a lifetime...
Application Pack Application Deadline: Monday 25th November 2019 Selection Date: Saturday 30th November 10am-1pm
KYT have recently hosted two inspirational days on the fruits of the Synod, 'Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment' David Wells gave a highly engaging presentation on the Papal Exaltation, 'Christus Vivit'. Workshops were carefully crafted on the main threads arising from the collective voice of young people; Barriers to Faith, Relationships and Sexuality, Accompaniment, Authentic roles for young people in the church, Youth ministry in a parish setting and Disengaged young people, to name a few!
A representative group of young people from across the Diocese formed a panel and took questions from the floor from clergy and youth leaders facilitated by David Wells - a very moving encounter.
KYT then presented the document, 'The voice of young people from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham' and highlights ways in which we can take forward the challenges and concerns faced by our own young people .We urge you to all please read it and share it with leaders in schools and in the parish. On the back page you will find 'What next' which will be explored through many elements of our work over the coming few years.
One of the days was an invitation to all Diocesan clergy at Woodlands Grange and the second a day for youth leaders at Alton Castle. Both days were very well attended and well received by those present.
National Youth Sunday is marked on the Solemnity of Christ the King, which, this year, is on Sunday 24th November. The church invites young people to be at the heart of its celebrations during this weekend. The theme for National Youth Sunday 2019 is ‘Significance’ based on “For him you have worth; you are not insignificant. You are important to him, for you are the work of his hands” (Christus Vivit, 115)
We are asking parishes to please invite a young volunteer to speak at the Masses over this weekend about the youth service, our work and their own experiences. We have prepared a pro forma to support them in their transcript available from the website During the NYS weekend, the second collection goes to support the work of the Diocesan Youth Service (Kenelm Youth Trust). We have produced a full colour leaflet to share the work of KYT with parishioners . These will be disseminated at the November Deanery Meeting. We ask your support in making them available in the parish over this weekend.
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