Saturday, August 05, 2006

World Youth Day Reunion

About thirty young people turned up for Cologne+1 our World Youth Day Reunion. We met for refreshments at midday and then showed a film of previous World Youth Days. We had a chance to meet new people and renew old friendships over an extended lunch which was prepared by our parish Youth Worker and her husband. In the afternoon we had a chance to reflect on the Pope's message at Cologne and then spend some time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during which several priests were available for Confessions in a variety of languages.
Although most people don't realise it World Youth Days are an annual event. Most years they take place 'in the diocese', the big international gatherings only take place every few years.

In 2006 we cvelebrated World Youth Day with a special event here in the parish on Palm Sunday weekend. The theme was: "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". About a hundred young people took part. Next year we will host a similar event and hope to double numbers. The theme will be: "Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another" - so keep the Saturday before Palm Sunday free!
In 2008 World Youth Day will take place in Sydney, Australia. The theme is "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses". It is from Acts 1v8 - which gives rise to "Activate" the pastoral plan produced in Australia to prepare for World Youth Day 2008. You can read more about it on their website.

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