Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Catholic Underground in London?

Last night I had a great meeting with Paul Thomas who spent some time with the Friars of the Renewal in New York. He told me of a great youth initiative over there: Catholic Underground.
It describes itself as "a direct response to the call of Pope John Paul II urging Catholics to bring the Gospel into dialogue with the culture" and consists of a time of Eucharistic Adoration followed by conversation and music provided by a house band and guest artists.

In New York it is now so popular that it attracts thousands of young people to its monthly meetings. Catholic Underground has expanded to other places in the States and I've asked Paul to contact the organisers to look into the feasibility of starting something here in the New Year. There is a need in London to break into contemporary culture and to dispel the prejudice that anything to do with the Church must be cheap or cheesy!

Catholic Underground wouldn't be to everyone's taste but it might just provide a stimulating alternative for those who would otherwise spend a Saturday evening kicking their heels. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Hello, Father.

I'm a 21 y/o ex-atheist from London and I have just started reading your blog, and I find it interesting.

It is so sad that it is rare to find practising Catholics who fully believe in or even know the Catholic faith in our part of the world today. The Martyrs of the Reformation must be weeping at what has happened to their Church here.

Still, God's ways are not our ways and I trust that even as the diseased branches of the Church are dying, new buds are starting to appear elsewhere and the current drought will end via the hand of God working through good priests such as yourself.

Take care and God bless.

Fr Stephen said...

Thanks for your comment. With our prayers and encouragement we will enable many young people to encounter Christ through the Church. Can you join us for Fr Benedict Groeschel's visit next Thursday? I'm sure you would enjoy it.