Youth – All Saints’

We are in the 33rd week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Green 

Our Word of the Week this week is…

YOUTH

Young people have a vital role to play in the life of the Church and in the world. They offer hope, inspiration and courage.

We are all called to be young in our outlook and our attitude and we can see in young people an example of how to live life to the full.

Make the effort to have a positive and youthful attitude this week.  Help others to see hope in difficult situations.

 

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week, the scripture focus comes from St. Paul’s letters:

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:12).
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.
The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

St. Paul celebrates and positively challenges young people here.

Discuss, as a form, how you feel challenged by St. Paul’s words, to be the best versions of yourself.

This week, display these in your classrooms or in the windows as slogans that celebrate your youth.

Share some with us via the chat too.

 

Let us pray…

Lord, we give thanks for the gift of youth.
Help us to use our youthful energy to be agents of change, acting with courage, strength and wisdom in all we think, feel, say and do.
Help us to reach out to those who need our youth to enrich their lives.
We ask these and all our prayers, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Being young isn’t always easy.

Listening to the words and example of wise role models can help us to remember that anything is possible, especially when we’re young.

Before World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Pope Francis shared with young people a great message to remind us all to focus on what is possible rather than building up walls:

Discuss:

When do you build up walls? How can Pope Francis’ message inspire you to look for the horizon instead of building up walls?

Let us pray…

Lord, give us courage when times feel difficult and challenges begin to weigh us down.

At times like these, remind us of the words of the Holy Father, so that we may always seek the horizon rather than building up walls.

Help us to help others do the same.

We make this prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

In addition to our acts of kindness, charity, friendship and love, prayer is one of the easiest ways that we can help, as young people.

Over the coming weeks, as we move into the new Church year and change liturgical seasons, we will be learning about different types of prayer – both formal and spontaneous – that we can learn and pray.

As Pope Francis is passionate about the power of you/us as young people, today we will use his five finger prayer model to form our prayer.  

As prayer leader today, I will read the prayer finger focus, then stop for a moment, while you offer that prayer to God.  Then I’ll work through the remaining fingers. You don’t have to pray aloud, just speak to God in the silence of your heart.

Let’s gather ourselves for prayer now…

We remember all the holy souls in heaven today too, as we have throughout November.  May God bless them and keep them safe in his arms.  Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

On Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which is also National Youth Sunday.

It is a time when we honour Jesus as our king, for leading the way to the kingdom of God. 

It is also a time when the youth of the Church are celebrated.

Let’s take a look at some of the key lines from Sunday’s Scriptures:

In the first reading, the prophet Ezekiel reminds us of Jesus’ words: “I will look for the lost sheep and bring back the ones that have wandered off. If any are hurt, I will bandage their wounds. If any are weak, I will help them. I will take good care of my people!”. 

In the Gospel, Matthew reminds us of Jesus’ words: ‘Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

As young people, we can follow, like the sheep, and we can lead, like the shepherd.  We seek support but we are also excellent at reaching out to others.

As we share in the feast day this weekend, with young people leading the liturgy of the Word across our parishes (and parishes everywhere), think about the ways that you can use these words from Scripture to inspire your actions during the final week of the Church year.

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, our King, guide us to be the best versions of ourselves, inspired by your teachings, so that we may shepherd others through our acts of kindness and love.  Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Be Inspirational