LUX is a residential for young
Catholics aged 11-18 years of age (secondary school). Twice a year 100
young people gather together to celebrate our faith by meeting new friends,
learning new stuff and praising God. All this, and having the most
unforgettable weekend of their life!
On February 3rd 2017, over 120
young people, youth leaders, priests, the NYMO team and Bishop Peter gathered
for the weekend in Northampton for the latest residential youth weekend ‘Lux’.
Open to all those of secondary school age, Lux is an opportunity for young
Catholic’s to be formed deeper in their faith, experience community and enjoy the
Sacraments alongside games, discussions and this year, a pantomime!
people travelled from across the whole diocese, Slough to Kettering, Corby to
Aylesbury, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Rushden, Bedford, almost every
area of the diocese was represented.
Frankie Mulgrew, former stand-up comedian and priest from the Diocese of
Salford opened proceedings on Friday evening. With great laughter and learning all
were introduced to the theme, ‘Mirth’. Described as “true joy rooted in
Christ’, we developed the theme through the weekend. Paschal Uche, an Oscott
seminarian continued this development of Saturday focussing on our vocation.
Deep rooted joy by following Christs will for us.
there was a great deal fun and to encourage our child-like joy an indoor bouncy
castle arrived on Saturday afternoon, along with inflatable sumo wrestling
suits. Once we had persuaded the adults to get off the bouncy castle all the
young people had a blast!
of the diocese, Jimmy Mitchell joined us for the weekend from Nashville, USA.
Jimmy is a regular visitor to Northampton often visiting schools and parish
youth groups. Jimmy challenged us on Sunday to live this mirth, rooted in
Christ by developing holy habits; morning prayer, lectio divina, daily Mass,
weekends are a real high point for us as adults to share our faith with young
people and join with them, reminding us all that our Catholic faith is a real
joy rooted in Christ.