Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, young adults gather at St Marie’s Cathedral in Sheffield in the evening for a quiet time of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a get together in the local pub. Beginning last September there have been activities every other Wednesday as well. These have included watching and examining different films, and studying parts of the Catechism (YOUCAT) in a more dynamic study of the faith. Some of the other activities have included helping the homeless of Sheffield and visiting the Cheshire Home in Totley, as well as some hikes out into the peaks of surrounding Derbyshire.
It was Pope Francis in Rio during the World Youth Day that reminded us of the importance of young people as the future of the church and society, “The youth are the window through which the future enters the world. They are the window, and so they present us with great challenges. Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone. If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young.”
All young adults are always welcome to come along, 7.30pm Wednesday evenings at St Marie’s, in the church or parish rooms.