Sunday, 27 March 2011

Playing with Fire

Yesterday there was, as I was mentioning in another post, a day for Confirmation candidates in the deanery of Bury St Edmunds, called "Playing with Fire". It was a chance to learn more about the Holy Spirit - who is he, what does he do, how is he in our lives? It was also a great chance to learn about prayer, the Mass, the virtues, and to ask questions about the Catholic faith: why do we believe what we believe? Does it all make sense? What does it really mean?

The day was organised by deanery catechists and Hamish McQueen, the diocesan youth worker, and talks and testimonies were given by Fr Stephen Langridge (vocations director in Southwark archdiocese), two Franciscan sisters of the Renewal from Leeds, and Pascal, the young man who greeted the Holy Father in September outside the Westminster Cathedral, on behalf of Britain's young people. Music was provided by a team led by Edwin Fawcett, who sang and played at the Papal Vigil in Hyde Park.

It was a wonderful day, presenting young people with a vision of God who is the ultimate meaning of our existence, and in whose service we can truly become free and happy. There were about a hundred young people from the deanery and elswehere in the diocese, including Norwich cathedral, Peterborough, Dereham, Thetford, Bury and Brandon (with the two newly ordained Frs Luke and Michael present leading their groups, as was Fr John Barnes). There were also opportunities for Confession, and the day ended with a Vigil Mass for Sunday.

Many thanks to all who made the day possible. Hopefully it will not be the last such day for young people to discover and grow in their faith.

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