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What is Christingle?

Fri, 03 Dec 2021

The Children's Society has made a short guide about what Christingle is, how to make one and what each part represents

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At the start of this year I was asked to lead a workshop at the volunteers conference for retreat centres and outreach teams. Running this website I thought it'd be an interesting idea to talk a bit about how we can live our faith in the digital world. One of the areas I spoke about that was so interesting...

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We're heading towards exams, this means many of the young people we work with will be revising, or more likely procrastinating! While it's good for them to get away from these pressures, I always found it was helpful to remind myself of some useful study skills basics so I could be useful if this is...

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Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created...




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Below is the full text of Pope Francis' World Youth Day Message! While we have National Youth Sunday on the feast of Christ the King, lots of other places in the world have it on Palm Sunday. The themes for last year, this year and next years are based on the beatitudes, have a read through for yourself....

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When I speak spontaneously I do it in Spanish, because I don't know the English language. May I do it? Thank you very much. This Fr Mark, a good translator.

First of all, a sad piece of news. Yesterday, as Mass was about to start, a piece of scaffolding fell and, upon falling, hit a...

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The Triduum (TRIH-du-um) is the time of the Church year when we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This three-day celebration begins with the Holy Thursday Mass and continues on Good Friday with the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion. At the end of this liturgy, we leave the church...

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Advent Buddies

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

Advent Buddies! Let Advent be a time for young people to grow in faith by linking with an adult in the Parish. This resource is from the states, so make sure you check things through with the person responsible for safeguarding.

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This is one of the oldest tricks in the youth ministry playbook, and one of the best. It's a great way to get young people praying.You will need a candle that can be passed round – preferably one in a jar. Sit the group in a circle and begin your time of prayer with the Sign of the Cross. Explain...

Dear Young Friends,

I thank Bishop René-Marie Ehuzu of Port Novo, Director of Social Ministry of the Benin Bishops' Conference, for his words of welcome. I also thank the parish priest and Aïcha for their words offered on behalf of all of you. After this beautiful moment of Eucharistic adoration,...

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Prayer #6 – Letter To God

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

One simple idea which can really help young people to pray is to invite them to write a letter to God… Set an atmosphere, get them relaxed and quiet and give them pens and paper. Put some gentle background music on and invite them to write a letter to God. It can be about anything they want: Asking...

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This is an old worship leaders' method, and it's very effective. It's sort of a combination of personal prayer and collective Praise & Worship.During a reflective or prayerful time get the young people singing a worship song. Preferably the sort of song that's fairly repetitive. At key points in...

Dear young friends,

I am happy to address you once more on the occasion of the 27th World Youth Day. The memory of our meeting in Madrid last August remains close to my heart. It was a time of extraordinary grace when God showered his blessings on the young people gathered from all over the world. I give...

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Next in our series of things you might want to do to Fan the Flame, we"d like to remind you about the awesome Million Minutes charity. We've given Million Minutes a permanent spot in out coveted page footer, but it's worth a brief article too. Here's what the website says:

Million Minutes is a charity...

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The Young Christian Workers are one of the oldest and best Catholic youth organisations in the UK. They offer a lot to Catholic youth groups. In fact, they offer an entire framework on which the group can run, and that"s why they are a great option for those who want to set up youth groups.

Impact Groups...

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Transformed In The Eucharist

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

Great piece from Busted Halo. Here"s a slice…

For many Catholics, the mystery involved with receiving Holy Communion remains a distant reality. The language that the Church uses to define the mystery of the Eucharist is heavily philosophic, thus making it perhaps even more difficult to understand....

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Years ago, I was asked a rather odd question – if the Catholic Church started canonising non-Catholics, which of them would you like to see made saints? It"s almost certainly never going to happen, but it"s still an interesting question. These days, I guess the prime candidate would be Brother...

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I found this on the Premier Youthwork Magazine website – . a site you should all check out by the way (and subscribe too!)

As we approach the most stressful part of a young person's year, Youthwork writer's day attendee has some words of advice and support for teenagers preparing for and going through...

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A brilliant Pentecost piece from Busted Halo:

On Pentecost Sunday, God breathed the Holy Spirit into the apostles to remind them that they were not alone. Jesus had died, risen from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Jesus" followers were afraid and unsure of their future. The Holy Spirit came to comfort...

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Scott Hahn On Pentecost

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

Taken from Scott Hahn"s blog.

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.

The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God"s chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see...

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One thing we get asked about a lot on this site, and one thing there is a great deal of confusion about is the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children. The Awesome Catholic Leader (Aussie Catholic publication) had a great article, which we have reproduced in full…

WHEN the second edition...

In the first of our series of short thoughts on prayer, I want to start by cautioning against falling into 'the time trap'. This is the fallacy which says that the more time for prayer we factor into a programme, the better that is. Or, more to the point, it"s about thinking that time makes up for the...

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In the first post in this series, we cautioned against falling into the trap of doing more and more of the things that don't work. This is an important point, but it throws up a crucial question:How do you tell the difference between something not working, and something that hasn't taken hold yet? There...

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Prayer #3 – Silence

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

A few years back I went to Taize with some friends. I loved it there, but one thing I struggled with at first were the times of silence. A key part of the prayer times is the invitation to spend a few minutes silently with your own thoughts. As the week goes on, the time increases.For the first few days...