Thursdays 6.30 – 8.30pm in the ‘Upper Room’ St. Raphael’s Church
Just what is Youth 2000 anyway?
Youth 2000 is an independent, international initiative that helps young people plug back into God at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. Its main distinguishing feature is the emphasis it places on celebration of the Mass and Adoration of the Eucharist; next come a focus on active evangelisation and the organisation of retreats and spiritual events for young people throughout the world.
Youth 2000 works alongside both priests as well as religious communities, such as the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Community of St. John, within the Church and is open to any young adult who wants to take part – it’s not ‘members only’ for the simple reason it has no members. The initiative is active in many parts of the world. In the UK, it’s a registered charity and the National Office is based near Leeds.
Since 1991, Youth 2000 has helped thousands of young adults to ‘come home’ to the Church and to grow spiritually. This growth happens by experiencing the love of God, through prayer and also a sense of belonging, leading to a renewed faith in Christ and His Church. The best proof of its success is the many young people who are at the heart of the initiative, and who offer what they have received to others of their generation.
How would you describe Youth 2000?
The simple answer is that it’s an initiative whose driving force is the Holy Spirit. But to be more specific, here are some of the main features that mark it out:
Youth 2000 is focused on direct access to Jesus in the Eucharist
Youth 2000 promotes a deep focus on Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, creating a worldwide network of youth gathered around the Blessed Sacrament in prayer. This ability to have ‘live’ access to Jesus, through the Mass and Adoration, is at the heart of the Youth 2000 charism. Young people find the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist magnetic.
Youth 2000 sticks to the Bible and the official teaching of the Church
Youth 2000 encourages participants to dust off their bibles and get reading.
At retreats, it also encourages people to keep closely to the official teachings of the Church, drawing on the Scriptures, the Catechism and on papal encyclicals – rather than offering them simply personal points of view. Equally, however, people are encouraged to think and to ask questions - discussion groups and reasoned explanations of the faith are both hallmarks of Youth 2000 events.
Youth 2000 match-makes young people with Mary
Youth 2000 worships God in a way that’s relevant to young adults
Youth 2000 encourages time out for spiritual things
Youth 2000 energises the couch potatoes
Youth 2000 spreads the word
Youth 2000 runs a variety of activities
Residential weekend prayer festivals ( Walsingham/Glastonbury/London)
Day School retreats
Four-week residential courses on Formation and Evangelisation
Weekend Courses of Formation and Evangelisation
Music Leadership Retreats
Alternatively you can phone Chris on 020 8390 1174