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Pentecost Sunday. Family and Youth Thought for the Day 9 June

A Family Prayer to the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.  Send forth the Spirit and we shall renew the face of the earth.  Teach us to see and grow your gifts in ourselves and others and may the...

In the digital world. Family Youth Thought for the Day 8 June

Jocelyn and Joshua had struck up a relationship on-line.   His strict fundamentalist Protestant parents were not happy about him chatting to a Catholic girl but her parents had a far greater problem with the possibility of the relationship becoming serious. Looking...

“Do you love me?” Family Youth Thought for the Day June 7

How do you test someone’s love?   The boys tended to think that a girl should be willing to sleep with them.  The girls thought that a boy could show he loves her by respecting her and that her “no” means “no” and that there could still be a real friendship and honest...

Discussing Spiritual Differences. Family Youth Thought 6 June

Some families don’t allow religious discussions or arguments, as they tend to become when there are young people involved.  The Camaras believed that it is good and valuable for everyone to share and test their views.  Mr Camara said to the others, “I got worried when...

World Environment Day. Family & Youth Thought June 5.

Tony’s dad had been an environmental activist for a long time and this commitment had rubbed off on to the teenagers who were keen scouts.  However, all together the family decided to take up the challenge of global warming and so they worked on their carbon...

Discerning one’s personal vocation. Youth Family Thought June 4

A Post-confirmation workshop was planned as was becoming popular in some parishes where the PPC had become aware that many of the youth, especially those who are unemployed have very little sense of direction.  Calling it a vocations workshop hadn’t worked because the...

Uganda Martyrs, St Kizito. Youth Family Thought June 3

The Ugandan youth at St Kizito’s parish had invited all their fellow Ugandan youth to pay special honour to the 22 young boy martyrs, some Catholic and some Anglican, as true witnesses of the Christian faith.  Charles Lwanga was a catechist and leader but Kizito at...

Sunday Ascension. Youth and Family Thought 2 June.

Fr Oliver preached from his interest in science as a fascinating subject for old and young alike.  “Many people these days try to read the signs of the times wanting to predict when the world will end.  Is it only youth who are interested in TV fantasy series and...

Youth and Global Parents’ Day. Family Thought June 1

When the parish youth group were told that this day is Global Parents Day, another UN commemoration, only weeks after International Day of Families, they felt irritated. “What about us?” they wanted to know. “Just for now, we don’t always want “to belong,” we want to...

Feast of the Visitation. Family Thought May 31

Patricia told her mom, “I’ve been wondering why Mary didn’t talk to her mom about her pregnancy. Why go to her aunt? Or, maybe her mother, the St Anne who we venerate as the patroness of the Women of St Anne, had the kind of difficulty many mothers would have when...

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