Fourth Sunday of Lent
In the Gospel reading this week Jesus heals the man born blind and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man.
The final revelation and moment of enlightenment comes when the man born blind encounters Jesus again. Having heard the news of his expulsion, Jesus seeks out the man born blind and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man. In this moment, the man born blind shows himself to be a man of faith and worships Jesus. Jesus replies by identifying the irony of the experience of many who encounter Jesus: Those who are blind will now see, and those who think they now see will be found to be blind.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, fear not!
Behold, your God will come
and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
From the Southwark Catholic Youth Service – March News
Wishing you all a holy Lent and a very happy Easter!
Our volunteer team at St Vincent's are kept busy with residential retreats in Whitstable and day retreats at Aylesford Priory. Please keep them and our work in your prayers. Please also keep in prayer the millions of families facing starvation in East Africa due to drought, lack of food and civil war. We also pray for those providing aid and support to those in need.
Flame 2017 took place on the 11th March and was attended by around 10,000 young
catholics from across England, Wales and further afield! Over 1000 young people from the diocese were in attendance along with Bishop Paul Hendricks. The day was a joyful celebration of our young church and featured music from Matt Redman, One Hope Project and Guvna B which electrified the place! Konverse Dance Academy and RISE Theatre brought their own brand of entertainment too.
Parts of the day were arresting; seeing the tiny boat that carried 36 people to safety from North Africa to Lampedusa but alongside the sadness was a strong message of hope, and as Cardinal Bo says "Hope has no expiry date".
If you haven't already, 'like' and 'follow' the Flame Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with 'post-Flame' resources, or keep an eye on the webpage: www.cymfed.org.uk/flame2017
Born For This - 8th April
For the past four years we have invited young people from across the
diocese to join together in CJM's beautiful Lent reflection. Combining powerful spoken word and beautiful songs, this moving depiction of
Stations of the Cross will take place on Saturday 8th April at 6pm in the Relic Chapel, Aylesford Priory. All are welcome!
Fr Nicholas King
If you've been following us on Facebook and Twitter you will have seen that twice a week we have been featuring
Fr Nicholas' reflections on different Stations of the Cross. These
reflections are all just 3 or 4 minutes long and are a lovely way to
Lourdes - 17th - 26th August
The Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage with the Catholic Association takes place on the 17th-26th August 2017. We are encouraging groups to join SCYS in service, accompaniment and
prayer. Age: 17-25. The full fare inclusive of all travel, full board accommodation (shared room) and travel insurance is £525. For more information please contact: email@example.com
In 2018, the topic of the Papal Synod is Youth, Faith and Vocational
Discernment. Pope Francis wants to hear from your young people and so does the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The Mega Youth Poll covers a wide variety of questions we would like to ask you. Please share this with your young people!
Summer Youth Day - 24th June
Our annual Summer Youth Day takes place at Aylesford Priory on
Saturday 24th June. Open to all young people school year 8-11. £10 per person (this includes BBQ). To book please call or email Jean; 01227 272900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
The UN says the situation in East Africa is the greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945.
Launching such an appeal is not something CAFOD does lightly, but the need is so great and so urgent.