Flame 2019 returns to the SSE Arena in Wembley, a great celebration of the Catholic Church for youth. We are in a context where social media “likes” can determine self-esteem. There is a far deeper truth to be shared, and we will be exploring that with Flame’s theme: #Significance.
The music will be led by Tim Hughes, Christian worship leader and songwriter, famous for having written many songs including ‘Here I Am to Worship’ and ‘Happy Day’. Book your place now at https://cymfed.org.uk/flame2019/.
Like every year, a brother of the Taizé Community is holding a Lenten Prayer around the Cross in London. A quiet and reflective candlelit service with music, Bible readings, prayers and times of silence. This year it will be held in the Church of All Hallows by the Tower (tube: Tower Hill). Please click here for directions how to get there.
Many of us were keen to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to World Youth Day in Panama this year, but for many of us from the UK, it was too far to join in the celebrations. Young people aged 16-30 are invited to join in a weekend of world-renowned Christian music artists, sacramental celebrations, inspirational speakers and workshops with praise and worship led by incredible talent.
World Youth Day is fast approaching, taking place from 22nd – 27th January in Panama. Please keep the event in your prayers, that it will be a rewarding and spiritually-nourishing experience for everyone attending. Please also pray that some vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be borne out of WYD.
Sr. Elaine from the National Office for Vocation is going, and will post on the NOV Facebook page and Twitter page. Please share the posts and help spread the energy of the event.
Tributes have been made to Sister Wendy Beckett, a Carmelite nun who found fame in the 1990s with her popular TV programmes critiquing art, who passed away on 26th December 2018.
Sister Wendy was brought into the limelight with her series Sister Wendy’s Odyssey (1992) and Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting (1996). She had devoted her life to solitude and contemplation (since 1970 in a caravan in the grounds of the enclosed Carmelite monastery at Quidenham in Norfolk). For more information about Sister Wendy, please visit www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/dec/26/sister-wendy-beckett-obituary, where you can also watch Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting.