World Youth Day 2010
On Palm Sunday (28th March) a group gathered at the Youth Pastoral Centre to celebrate the 25th World Youth Day! The day marked our Archdiocesan celebration of the event. We reflected on Pope Benedict's message to the youth of the world, based on "Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17), and came together to celebrate Mass with Archbishop Mario at the end of the day.
One of the real highlights of the event for many participants was the Stations of the Cross which had been prepared by Rachel Romain.
Applications are still open for those who wish to participate in next year's World Youth Day in Madrid (click on the WYD link at the top of the page for more info). Anyone wishing to attend should speak with their Parish Priest.
Advent Prayer for young adults
On the 14th December, a group of young adults gathered to 'prepare the way' and celebrated an Advent liturgy.
S5 Advent retreat 2009
70 S5 pupils from a variety of Secondary Schools between Dumbarton and Cumbernauld took part in a day of Advent retreat at the Youth Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 2nd December. An enjoyable day was led by the youth pastoral team and youth chaplains where those who took part reflected on the voices we listen to during the Advent season and how their message can transform our lives.
S6 Retreat 2009
Over 70 pupils from secondary schools participated in a day of retreat on Wednesday 16th September to reflect on the theme: "You are called to redeem the age you live in". Mixed with group activities to bond the pupils together, they heard some powerful witnesses from Stacy Dodwell about her own journey as a young Catholic in Glasgow and her experiences at World Youth Days and in Kenya, and Fr. Martin Chambers who has recently returned from Guayaquil in Ecuador.
Group activities helped participants to get to know one another better and share their experiences, hopes and aspirations.
We look forward to welcoming pupils from S5 to the Youth Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 2nd December. More information to follow soon!
Year of St. Paul pilgrimage walk
To mark the end of the Year of St. Paul, 26 pilgrims made the 10k walk from the Youth Pastoral Centre to St. Paul's Church in Shettleston. Thankfully, the weather was good and all those who took part enjoyed the experience of prayer, togetherness and good feed at the end (well deserved) before celebrating Mass at St. Paul's with the parish community.
Photographs by Craig Connell.
Vigil of Pentecost
On Saturday 30th May, we were privileged to welcome Archbishop Mario to the Youth Pastoral Centre to celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost with us.
WYD 2009 Palm Sunday 5th April 09
Pope Benedict XVI invited young people the world over to mark the 24th World Youth Day in their dioceses this year. The setting of Govanhill was somewhat different from that of Sydney in 2008, but nonetheless, the spirit of the day was not so different!
Young adults from Helensburgh to Abronhill assembled to enjoy one another's company, to reflect and pray. There was a real sense of a shared hope for the future, given the Pope's chosen theme: "We have set our hope on the living God".
We were privileged to be led in the Liturgy of Palm Sunday by Archbishop Mario who helped us, in his homily, to reflect more deeply on the passion and why Holy Week is such a highlight in our calendar.
Young Adult Lenten Retreat, Skelmorlie,
27-29 March 09
15 people took part in a retreat at the Notre Dame in Skelmorlie from 27th- 29th March 09 at the request of some of our young adults! The retreat was led by Sr. Maureen McNally CP and Fr. David.
Having reflected on St. Paul as a model for Christian living, we explored our own mission in life and related this mission to the Gospel, particularly looking towards the Easter Triduum. Participants enjoyed the companionship, the peacefulness of the setting, and the opportunity for prayer and a wee "chillax" (should be in the Oxford Dictionary!).
"The Lenten Retreat to Skelmorlie was one of the greatest things I have ever been to. It was such a great weekend of spiritual enlightenment and peace. I'm sure I can speak for everyone who was there when I say that it had a ‘chilled out’ atmosphere. Everyone from the group just seemed to bond so well. Not everyone knew each other but after the first hour it was like we had known each other for years. I think the "World youth day" experience gave us so much self confidence to make new friends and also discuss openly about life experiences. That was one thing I loved about the weekend: that everyone spoke their mind and shared stories about themselves. The time we spent there gave everyone a chance to reflect. There was so much time to think and breathe. Bring on the next one! Oh…great food, by the way!"
"I had never been on retreat before and as such was not sure what to expect; as me and my travelling companion Mairi got to know each other a bit better on the train as we watched the scenery speed by. When we arrived at our destination of Weymss Bay we were immediately greeted by another new face as well as people I had met before and then it was on to Skelmorlie.
The Retreat House was run by the Notre Dame Sisters but the retreat itself was conducted by Sr. Maureen and Fr.David. Though we were only there a short time, as a group we bonded really well, no shyness setting in from anybody just a open and caring group dynamic where everyone was allowed to be heard and contribute to the discussions. The meditations allowed us to focus in a calm and relaxing atmosphere and including the mass was enhanced by the music provided at certain intervals.
On a personal note, this retreat for me was an overwhelming experience. I had not opened up or contemplated many of these thoughts that were part of the meditation including issues of my own personal mission and what should we do to keep the faith alive in the youth of today. These quiet moments of prayer and meditation along with the overall group experience allowed me to look more closely at my faith and what it means to me.
Overall this Lenten Retreat was an enjoyable and memorable experience, one that will not be easily forgotten. If there is another retreat I will happily be involved especially with such, as I said before, a wonderful group of young people."