You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.
Ernst William - Founder of Youth 2000
At World Youth Day in 1989 Pope John Paul II said to the 400,000 young people who had gathered from around the world “It is up to you young people that the task first falls of bearing witness to the faith and bringing into the Third Millennium the Gospel of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life”.
But to whom does the task fall to bring this message to those who are not at World Youth Day, who do not go to Mass on Sunday and who do not even know that God exists?
This question led Englishman Ernest Williams to respond to this need by forming Youth 2000. Youth 2000 was formed because a young English man responded to the greatest poverty of our times; a generation of young people living in the spiritual poverty of not knowing that they were created in the image and likeness of God.
Immediately after World Youth Day in 1989, Ernest made a pilgrimage to Fatima. It was there during a period of prayer and reflection in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the structure and format for what Youth 2000 was to do became clear. Through a rediscovery of Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Scriptures, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Devotion to Mary the Mother of God, and the Church’s teaching, young people would discover the unique calling that they had to live as Christians.
Ernest began to gather young people together in prayer, and soon this initiative, known as Youth 2000, spread to more than 25 countries all over the world, changing the lives of thousands of young people. Youth 2000 commenced in Ireland in 1993.
You can listen to the section of the programme about Ernst Williams excerpted from the main podcast here.
Lorraine interviews Eilish Carter and Sharon Clohessy to find out more about their new course on the Bible. Sharon and Eilish met while studying for a diploma in Biblical Theology at the Dominican Biblical Institute in Limerick and their shared love for the Word of God has inspired them to lead a ten week course called ‘The Bible… Exposed’ in Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, St. Michael’s Courtyard, Denmark St., Limerick. This course is designed to answer questions like: Can ancient writings like the Old Testament help us in everyday life? Are the Sacraments in the Bible? Is Jesus really present in the Mass? Who is the Holy Spirit? Can Mass be meaningful? Why do we have readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms?
This great new course will incorporate a mixture of PowerPoint, DVD, music, prayer and reflection. All you need is a Bible and an open heart.
The course will begin on Monday, January 18th 2016 for ten consecutive weeks and will meet from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. Cost is 10 euro per night. Contact Sharon Clohessy (087-9027217) or Eilish Carter (087-8170420 after 6pm). Booking Deadline: Monday, January 11th 2016.
Sharon is also leading a six week course on ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ (Evangelii Gaudium) in Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre beginning at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 20th 2016 for six consecutive Wednesdays. This offers a great opportunity to read, study and reflect on ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ and to look at how we can put it into action in our lives and faith communities. Cost is 10 euro per night and copies of ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ will be provided.
For further details, contact Sharon Clohessy (087-9027217). Booking Deadline: Monday, January 11th 2016 – Limited places.
You can listen to the interview with Lorraine excerpted from the main programme HERE.
Gospel - John 1:1-18