WHAT IS YOUTH 2000?
"The most serious error that older Catholics have made is that they assume that young Catholics are not interested in their own faith, and hence shield them from taking their faith journeys deeper. This is one of the primary and most damaging causes of lapsation of young Catholics. Young Catholics need to be exposed to the truths of Christ and His Catholic Church, not shielded from truth."
Youth 2000 was set up 20 years ago by a disenchanted Catholic barrister who wanted the church to turn away from liberalism and return to the traditional teachings & liturgy of the church for young people. In short, it is a gateway to authentic Catholicism in the more mainstream church.
Youth 2000 has created 70 solid Catholic priestly and religious vocations, and numerous solid Catholic married vocations in only twenty years. It has helped hundreds of young Catholics form a personal and living relationship with Christ in their everyday lives.
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2 minute videos below.
Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, lived at the heart of the Catholic church. It does this primarily through weekend prayer festivals, where young people are introduced to the essentials of the catholic faith: Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession, scripture, devotion to Our Lady. These festivals 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.
What is its role in the church?
Youth 2000 has been active in youth ministry in the UK for the last 20 years, and has played its part in the new evangelisation of this time. It is particularly notable that it is championed by Bishop Mark Davies. Youth 2000 was mentioned in Pope John Paul II’s ad limina address to the Bishops of England and Wales in 2003. Fr Stephen Wang is the chaplain to Youth 2000.
In the UK Youth 2000 organises an annual three day pilgrimage to the Catholic Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. The event takes place in the Youth 2000 'big tent' that holds all two thousand of the Catholic Youth in an adjacent fields to the shrine. It also organises 'two day' weekend events which are normally held in Catholic Schools. There are Masses and talks held everyday.
The highlight is the presence of the 'Burning Bush' a large upturned conical structure with candles. The Blessed Sacrament sits on top of the structure whilst up to 2000 youths kneel. This is proceeded by a priest holding the monstrance with his stoll as he walks around the youth who are kneeling. The priest stops in front of every person and are offered the stoll to kiss and to spend a few moments in front of the Blessed Sacrement.