Youth 2000 will be leading a residential retreat for the young adults of our Diocese, 28–30 October at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 3BE.

  “The event will be a wonderful opportunity for young adults, as well as young families from within the Hallam Diocese and beyond, to connect with God and with other young Catholics”, said Bishop Ralph.  “I myself am very much looking forward to attending the retreat and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us for what promises to be a source of great blessing across our Diocese.”

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  Beginning at 5pm on Friday, 28 October, the weekend will be packed with a range of faith-centred events, including dynamic talks, live band worship, powerful prayer times, social activities, creative workshops, in depth discussions, evening entertainment and loads more!

  “The school gym will be transformed by the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and the classrooms will become our sleeping dorms for the weekend,” said Fr Lee Marshall.  “Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, lived at the heart of the Catholic Church.  It does this primarily through weekend prayer retreats, where young people are introduced to the essentials of the Catholic faith: Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, Scripture, Devotion to Our Lady.  These retreats are opportunities for young people to experience the love of God, to receive the grace of conversion and to begin living anew the Christian life.”

“Youth 2000 has been active in youth ministry in the UK for the last 25 years, and has played its part in the new evangelisation of this time”, said Fr Stephen Wang, chaplain to Youth 2000. “We have been delighted and privileged to welcome many members of the hierarchy to our events, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols and ten other Bishops.      Youth 2000 was even mentioned in St John Paul II’s ad limina address to the Bishops of England and Wales in 2003, saying, ‘I am heartened to learn of your resolute efforts to bring further energy to youth ministry.  The growth of groups such as Youth 2000… are evidence of the desire of young people to share in the Church’s life.’”

  Youth 2000 events are primarily for 16-35 year olds.  John, 24, said of his first Youth 2000 retreat, “Youth 2000 helped me to make the most important transition in my life, allowing the faith of my parents to become MY faith.  Thanks to Youth 2000 I now have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, rooted in the Sacraments of his Church.”

  Another Youth 2000 advocate is 18 year old Megan who said, “Youth 2000 gave me the courage to go to confession and helped me forgive someone in my life who had hurt me…  Through this Jesus healed me and set me free.”

  The cost of the weekend is £65 per person, but a Donation Only Policy is in place for those who cannot pay the full amount, so that money need not stop them coming.  If more can be donated it will help towards a place for someone else.

  For more information or to book a place, please contact Youth 2000 at info@youth2000.org and http://www.youth2000.org or call on 020 7221 2124.

  Future editions of the paper will carry further news of the work of Youth 2000, beginning with a reflection on Youth 2000 Festival in Walsingham written by John Mullen.