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.
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