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Youth Leaders and Catechists

This section of this website is for all those involved in Youth Ministry including Parish Priests, Youth group leaders and Confirmation Catechists. You will find resources, links to useful websites, opportunities for training and the Youth Congress, and details of CYMFed; the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation.

Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Youth Ministry in the Catholic Church to the participants in the 4th European Congress on youth pastoral ministry. The Holy Father highlighted its importance and the need for young people to be engaged with and listened to. The full text can be found by clicking on the image of Pope Francis.

The World Cup which starts on Thursday 15th June with Russia v Saudi Arabia, provides parishes a great opportunity to welcome young people into their communities through a love of ‘the beautiful game.’ The Scripture Union has created a resource for Churches and Schools on how to bring the Gospel message into the World Cup. To host a match in your parish or to see great ideas around faith and sport, click on the World Cup banner above to download your free resource.

Russia being the host country for 2018 has created controversy around the world. As Catholics we can take the example of Pope Francis and pray for peace in our world, whilst witnessing the joy of each nation taking part in this global event.

‘While I continue to pray unceasingly for peace, and invite all people of good will to do the same, I renew my appeal to all those with political responsibilities to ensure that justice and peace prevail.’ @pontifex 15/4/2018 

Fr Alan Filey speaks about his love of the ‘beautiful game’, why he supports Birmingham City and if he is looking forward to the World Cup!

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