Youth Events at Aylesford Priory

Sarah Cadwallader, CAFOD Southwark Diocesan Officer, writes:

I had a fantastic time last week running a CAFOD World Cup workshop at Aylesford priory. I took part youth events hosted by the Carmelites and run by the wonderful Southwark Catholic Youth Service team from St Vincent’s Youth Centre in Whitstable.


Along with my colleagues Tanya Jenkins (CAFOD youth team) and Joelle Hernandez (CAFOD Brazil Team) we gave the young people a picture of how our partners in Brazil have reacted to the world cup. We highlighted some of the issues of injustice that the people of Brazil have experienced in the run up to the world cup such as evictions and needless expenditure or money for stadiums when weighed against the need for better healthcare and housing. The young people had time to discuss the issues and think of ways that they would communicate this important message, they came up with fantastic ideas ranging from street art to flash mobs.

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The young people then took action, making a statement by learning and performing CAFOD’s specially written World Cup Song to share the message of the people of Brazil with the world.

See a video of the world cup song on our website, then give it a go yourself.

SCYS – Life in Christ launch

The Southwark Catholic Youth Service is launching Life in Christ – a series and resource of 43 DVD sessions, exploring the key themes from the Catechism. Each session will be roughly 10 mins in length and will lead into an opportunity for discussion and Lectio in small groups.

Life in Christ is not just a course or a programme, but stemming from youth ministry, it encourages authentic and real relationships. It is about recognising the richness of our Catholic Tradition and how we live it out day to day.

You are invited to join for the launch of Life in Christ, taking place on Saturday 7th December at Amigo Hall, Southwark from 2pm – 4pm. To RSVP, please email and for more information, visit the website here.

Pope Francis has awakened us to the call of Faith and discipleship. Go, do not be afraid, and serve.