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World Youth Day - Inspiring Generations

At an event at the Centre for Youth Ministries in Oxford UK earlier this week, a new booklet for young people was presented by one of its authors James Kelliher.

With World Youth Day just around the corner, many young people around the United Kingdom are waiting in great anticipation to see Pope Francis at this year’s event which takes place in Rio. One of these young people, James Kelliher, happens to be currently living in Brazil and volunteering in the offices of the World Youth Day organisers.

Alongside all the internal and external offices communications, general office admin, and networking linked to World Youth Day, James has also been working on this new booklet containing stories and testimonies of pilgrim’s experiences at World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. When asked how the idea came about in producing a Catholic Truth Society booklet about World Youth Day, James said:

“Madrid was such an amazing experience for myself and many other young people, I therefore wanted to share these stories with the greater Catholic community. It has been a long process in the making, yet I am really happy with the outcome and hope many will enjoy the read.”

James Kelliher

Archbishop Vincent Nichols who happened to write the forward of the booklet and to have endorsed it, was present at the Centre for Youth Ministry on Tuesday evening and congratulated James on his determination and act of faith in putting this resource together.

The 72 page booklet can be ordered directly from CTS, and will be a great resource for all pilgrims preparing for this year’s event as well as those who want to reminisce on what they experienced in Madrid.

Read an extract of, and order World Youth Day – Inspiring Generations, by James Kelliher, Paula Mendez and Jo-Anne Rowney from CTS priced £2.50.


Of related interest:

YP1 World Youth Day Bundle 2013 -Designed to be squeezed into the bags of pilgrims going to the World Youth Day in Rio in July, this pack is crammed with indispensable material. From a small biography of Pope Francis, to prayer books for the journey, all at a very special price.
Be Firm in your Faith Be Firm in your Faith – Pope Benedict’s homilies and addresses from World Youth Day 2011, Madrid.
YouCat Prayer Book YouCat Prayer Book – A special prayer book for young people from the same team who wrote the internationally bestselling Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, YouCat.

YouCat

YouCat the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, has become the top-selling Catholic book in the world.

It is published by CTS in the UK and Ireland over 15,000 copies have been sold since March  2011.

In the U.S, it is now the number one Catholic book and all this is contributing to a total of 1.7 million copies sold across the globe.

Beginning with its distribution at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, YouCat is finding its place among the various tools that can help explain the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church in a clear and comprehensible way.

It will surely be a great help for the extra catechesis and other activities that will be planned for the upcoming Year of Faith too.

Of related interest:


Be Firm in Your Faith Be Firm in Your Faith - Here you can read the memorable and powerful words he addressed to young believers to strengthen them in faith and encourage them to bring the Gospel out into the world through their daily lives.
Way of Calvary Way of Calvary – As well as Pope Benedict’s reflections from his Via Crucis with young people in Madrid, this booklet also contains images of the stunning Spanish statues used during the celebration with the Holy Father.

Welcome back to the blog which, after my break, springs back into action. But before diving back into the world of all things Catholic, I want to spend a moment looking back at World Youth Day in Madrid which I attended.

I do not propose in these lines to complain about the lack of organisation – that has been done and done rightly – I simply wish to tell something of my adventures across Europe.

Simple Prayer Book in hand, I left by coach, visiting Paris, Lourdes and Toulouse in France. Staying in school dormitories and universities meant that this, my 5th and possibly final World Youth Day, was not the most uncomfortable one. Crossing into Spain, I spent time in Barcelona visiting the inside of the Sagrada Familia for the first time; sometimes that place looks more like something from the Lord of the Rings trilogy than a Church but it was stunning.

We were a group of more than three hundred from all over the UK and in a group that size it takes a long time to do anything or go anywhere; but the constant changes in location meant there were a great many opportunities for prayer while travelling, including the Divine Office and the Rosary. Spending time with God in that way was a massively important part of the trip for me.

As we got nearer to Madrid we heard about anti-Pope protests and people clamouring about the use of public money to finance the event, just as they did when the Pope came to the UK last year. I smiled watching my fellow pilgrims descend on any petrol station, shop or refreshment stand we found, pumping Euros into Spain’s failing economy in exchange for vital ice-creams, drinks or sandwiches.

Walking – or in my case being wheeled (see picture) – towards our place in Cuatro Vientos airbase, it got unbearably hot, I thought of the Israelites needing water in the desert, and just when things looked really bad, the fire brigade arrived to hose down pilgrims – it was the answer to all our prayers!! I have read of people being turned away or refused food; as veterans of the WYD circuit, we had been supermarket shopping in the preceding days to stock up on supplies so, other than avoiding ants’ nests which seemed to be everywhere, we were relatively comfortable.

Then the storm struck, and the fireworks we saw at the end of the festivities were no match for the natural ones. But for all the pyrotechnics, the highlight of the night was the moment of Eucharistic adoration. In that moment, we pilgrims understood what we had come for, for adventure and for fun yes, but most of all, for this meeting of a community of believers with Jesus – and it was wonderful.

Mass next day was great with a perfect gospel, Peter’s profession of faith; but the storm had made receiving Holy Communion impossible. Even so, I left with a sense of having done what I had set out to do, travel into the heart of Europe with Christ and his Church and listen to and support the successor of St Peter who clearly warned me and all of us:

“We cannot follow Jesus on our own. Anyone who would be tempted to do so ‘on his own’, or to approach the life of faith with the kind of individualism so prevalent today, will risk never truly encountering Jesus, or will end up following a counterfeit Jesus.”

Don’t forget, your World Youth Day photos could illustrate a CTS booklet! Add them to our Facebook page!

Of related interest:


DO845 YouCat – YouCat is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes questions and answers, highly-readable commentary and summary definitions of key terms.
Way A Way of Life for Young Catholics – Written for young Catholics who want to live their faith more deeply but are not sure what steps to take, this booklet contains practical, down-to-earth advice on many aspects of daily life.
How to Discover Vocation How to Discover your Vocation - This booklet will help you to think and pray about your vocation and become clearer about where God is leading you. It answers many of the practical questions you may be asking: What are the different Christian vocations? How does God guide us and speak to us? How can I be more open to my vocation, and come to a decision?

Making saints

This is the last post on this blog for some weeks, as I am leaving for World Youth Day in Madrid and I can say I am not entirely sorry to leave England’s capital after last night.

London saw last night, young people looking for something – not just trainers or TVs – children as young as ten were on the streets, living out the lessons learned in a culture where value is conferred on someone by the shoes, the flat-screen or the phone they own.

Here is a warning from Blessed John Paul II, who cared so much for young people, from 1984:

“Dear young people, you are under threat from the bad use of advertising techniques, which plays upon the natural tendency to avoid effort and promises the immediate satisfaction of every desire, while the consumerism that goes with it suggests that man should seek self-fulfilment especially in the enjoyment of material goods.”

Some of these ideas were visible last night in those who robbed and vandalised across the city.

Yet the meeting in Madrid will present another idea to the world: that people were not made to satisfy themselves, or to steal or destroy, but to know God and love him, only then can we see where life comes from, from loving him and our neighbour.

A pilgrimage is a journey, and along with sleeping bags, Rosaries and other gear, the pilgrim carries the worries and questions of his own time and place. Journeying to Madrid, I will now carry with me my anxieties for the youth of this country, knowing that God is the only one who can bring good out of last night’s evil, and asking him to show this generation his unique fatherly love.

Patron saints of World Youth Day: St. John of the Cross, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Isidore the Worker, St. Maria of the Head,   St. Rafael Arnaiz, St. John of Avila, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Rose of Lima and Blessed John Paul II, pray for us and for England’s young people.


Of related interest:

Young Way of Life for Young Catholics – Written for young Catholics who want to live their faith more deeply but are not sure what steps to take, this booklet contains practical, down-to-earth advice on many aspects of daily life.
Lent You will be my Witnesses – During World Youth day 2008 in Australia, Pope Benedict not only raised challenging questions but gave the young people inspired and convincing answers rooted in Christ.
Union Union With God - St Athanasius famously said that “the Son of God became man so that we might become God”. This booklet delves into what it means for a Christian to not only have a relationship with God but become so united with Him that we take part in his divinity.

YouCat

EWTN featured the CTS publication Evangelium not long ago and at the end of last week, YouCat published by the CTS in the UK and Ireland, was also looked at.

Fr Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press – who publish YouCat in the US – was on Life on the Rock, telling the story of how YouCat came about and showing that it has been written for young people by young people.

The show includes discussions on how important Pope Benedict’s role in this catechism is, what part it will play in the upcoming World Youth Day and a review by young people on YouCat as a new unpacking of the deposit of faith.

YouCat is published by the CTS in the UK & Ireland and priced £9.95

Of related interest:


Love and purity True Love – Passion & Purity - This booklet helps the reader gain an insightful understanding of our deepest need to love and be loved, and what place our sexuality has in this important aspect of our lives.
Way A Way of Life for Young Catholics – Written for young Catholics who want to live their faith more deeply but are not sure what steps to take, this booklet contains practical, down-to-earth advice on many aspects of daily life.
How to Discover Vocation How to Discover your Vocation - This booklet will help you to think and pray about your vocation and become clearer about where God is leading you. It answers many of the practical questions you may be asking: What are the different Christian vocations? How does God guide us and speak to us? How can I be more open to my vocation, and come to a decision?
EWTN featured the CTS publication Evangelium not long ago and at the end of last week, YouCat published by the CTS in the UK and Ireland was looked at.
Fr Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press – who publish YouCat in the US – was on Life on the Rock, telling the story of how YouCat came about and showing that it has been written for young people by young people.
The show includes discussions on how important Pope Benedict’s role in this catechism is, what part it will play in the upcoming World Youth Day and a review by young people on how YouCat is a new unpacking of the deposit of faith.


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