Faith Practice of The Month - July
Every month, we suggest a Faith Practice which you and your home, school or parish community might like to take on as part of your commitment for the Year of Faith. It is our hope that these simple practices will stir in us the ‘renewed conversion of the Lord’ that Pope Benedict XVI calls for in Porta Fidei (n. 6).
Faith Practice of the Month for July: Encouraging Young Adults in the Life of the Church
|The Holy Father’s prayer intention for July is that World Youth Day in Brazil ‘may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the gospel’. Finding meaningful and practical ways to engage this generation is one of the greatest challenges in ministry for the Church today. The National Directory for Catechetics, Share the Good News, suggests that the first step in engaging young adults is to be in tune with their lives. This means actively inviting them to be part of their local church and listening to their experience and their needs.
Share the Good News suggests that a Young Adult Forum be established by the Parish Pastoral Council as a listening ear for the needs of young people in the parish (SGN 78). Practical activities for engagement can flow from this. The National Directory lists some of these:
- Young-adult faith development group
- Liturgical music ministry
- Young adult prayer and adoration ministry
- Visitation of parish sick and elderly
- Support for parish youth initiatives
- Overseeing of monthly parish newsletter
- Creation and ongoing development of parish website
- Support for justice projects worldwide
||Late teenagers and young adults tend to be drawn to more active ways of engaging with faith such as pilgrimages to Taizé, participation in World Youth Day or walking the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrimages and retreats in many locations in Ireland, such as Clonmacnoise, Croagh Patrick, Knock, Glendalough and others, are also available and very popular. Another growing activity for young adults is volunteering overseas. This can be short or longer term, but it is a real and very practical way to open up ‘faith in action’. There are several organisations that offer this type of faith experience.
|For those young people who are unable to make it to World Youth Day this month, the Archdiocese of Dublin, through the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism, is organising an event known as Rio in Dublin. Their aim is to recreate the atmosphere of World Youth Day at St Mary of the Angels Capuchin Church and Day Centre Dublin on 27 and 28 July. The general programme of events includes a pilgrim walk to St Mary of the Angels from seven locations around the city, an all-night vigil, catechesis, music, prayer, workshops, opportunities for reconciliation, and a live broadcast of the closing Mass from World Youth Day. More information on this event is available on Facebook (RioInDublin2013).
To learn more about Catholic Youth Ministry in Ireland visit http://www.cymi.ie/
Previous Faith Practices of the Month:
June 2013: Praying with the Scriptures Daily
May 2013: Pilgrimage
April 2013: Supporting Catholic Education
March 2013: Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation
February 2013: Lenten Practices
January 2013: Performing Corporal Works of Mercy
December 2012: Enthroning the Christmas Crib
November 2012: Praying for those who have died
October 2012: Pray part of the Rosary every day
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