The lux.teachings evenings are a project that NYMO organises monthly and they are hosted by different parishes across the diocese. We use some popular elements of the lux.weekends (NYMO's twice-yearly residential retreats) and deliver them in a parish setting. The format is a couple of hours of games, a 10 minute talk from a priest, supper, discussions and prayer. The session is pitched at 11 - 18 year olds. It's a chance for youth groups to do something a little different, and if there isn't a youth group in a particular parish it it might give some ideas of what activities you could do in an evening.
Our aim in running these evenings is to gather the young people of a given pastoral area, offer good Catholic teaching and for them to share a meal and fellowship with other young Catholics in their area.
We don't charge young people to come to the evening, and there is no cost to the parish, although we do ask the parish to buy supper for the young people!
We think it’s great if parishes are able to treat their young people to a nice takeaway. It shows young people how valued they are, particularly when adult leaders, priests and other parishioners share that meal with them and sit down with them to have a good chat. Of course it's also a good context for mission: In the Gospel, there are numerous occasions in which Jesus gets himself invited to somebody’s house for a meal and he then ministers to them.
The next Lux. teachings will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017, 3.00pm - 5.00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes in St. Paul's Catholic School, Milton Keynes.
Check out some pictures of recent 'lux.teachings' evenings.