Over the first weekend of February over 100 young people and youth leaders gathered in Northampton for the latest ‘Lux’ weekend. Focussed on the theme of ‘Maiden’, they took a closer look at Mary, the mother of God.
Unpacking Catholic teaching, discovering more about devotional experience and taking time to see how Mary directs our glance towards her Son, Jesus at every opportunity.
Over the weekend the young people were led by the NYMO team and volunteers from across our Diocese, many of whom are aged 18-25 years of age, and joined by our speaker Miss Anna Cowell who works in the Diocese of Leeds youth ministry office. To watch her talks please click here and here.
Visiting the Diocesan Shrine at Great Billing was a highlight for those who chose to go; it led one young person to write
‘Fr.Damien is so excited about Mary and icons, it’s contagious… I am going to ask my priest if our whole parish can visit the shrine!’
As well as dance, drama, sign language, small group discussions, Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, cheerleading and praise and worship we were joined by Deacon Michael Fleming, the Walsingham Pilgrimage Diocesan Director. He led a workshop encouraging all of us to think about pilgrimage and what it is, as well as looking at why we go on pilgrimage.
In the evening we had a comedy night and were entertained by the Christian comedy duo ‘ToozaCrowd’. All of us, young and old, were left crying with laughter and definitely wanting more.
To sum up what the ‘Lux’ weekend is for anyone who has not been, here are some of the quotes from the young people themselves,
‘Lux is a really active weekend that replaces all of your stress with prayer and knowledge about God…it’s great!’ Natalie, aged 15 from High Wycombe
‘Lux teaches you so much about yourself and God… you will never want to leave!’ Kate, age 13 from Aylesbury
‘Lux is the best opportunity for people our age to really learn about our faith with other young people’ Tom, age 15 from Princes Risborough.
Check out our gallery to see some photos from this event.
If you or someone you know are of secondary school age and would like to join the NYMO team for the next ‘lux’ weekend email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.