We invite you to join us every Saturday for our exciting Youth Ministry at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church. Our program is designed to help young people grow in faith, build lasting relationships, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Our team of experienced leaders is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for your children to explore their faith and connect with other young people.
To all the young people out there, we encourage you to make the best of your youth by joining our Youth Ministry. Our program offers a range of fun activities and opportunities for you to learn more about your faith, connect with others and develop your skills. So, come along and be a part of our vibrant community of young people!
We look forward to seeing you at our next Youth Ministry session and sharing in the joy and excitement of our faith together.
Recipe for a Delicious Youth Ministry:
– A large group of enthusiastic and passionate young people
– A team of dedicated and committed adult leaders and mentors
– A welcoming and supportive community
– A dash of creativity and innovation
– A pinch of humour and fun
– A generous amount of prayer and spiritual guidance
1. Start by gathering a group of young people who are excited about their faith and eager to grow in it.
2. Add in a team of adult leaders and mentors who are committed to guiding and supporting the young people in their journey.
3. Mix in a welcoming and supportive community that embraces the youth and their unique talents and gifts.
4. Add a dash of creativity and innovation by incorporating new and exciting activities and events that keep the youth engaged and interested.
5. Mix in a pinch of humour and fun to lighten the mood and create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
6. Stir in a generous amount of prayer and spiritual guidance to help the youth connect with their faith and deepen their relationship with God.
7. Allow the mixture to sit and develop over time, adjusting the ingredients as necessary to ensure the youth ministry remains fresh and relevant to the young people it serves.
8. Serve with love and joy, knowing that the young people are growing in their faith and becoming strong, faithful leaders in their community.
Happy birthday Fr Jovito D’Souza – 29 April 2023
The surprise party for Fr Jovito D’Souza was an afternoon to remember for our youth council team, youth leaders, and the entire parish youth community. It was a celebration of love, appreciation, and gratitude for a man who had dedicated his life to serving others. From the moment he arrived, Fr Jovi was showered with hugs, smiles, and warm greetings, as the young people proudly presented him with a beautiful cake and heartfelt words of thanks. The air was filled with laughter and joy, as we played games and quizzes, danced to music, and shared delicious meals prepared by parents and youth alike. Through it all, Fr Jovi’s kind and humble spirit shone bright, as he embraced each person with open arms and a genuine smile. It was an afternoon that reminded us all, of the power of community, and the importance of recognising those who make a difference in our lives. As we said our goodbyes and headed home, our hearts were filled with a sense of warmth and appreciation, knowing that we had truly celebrated a man who deserved all the love and recognition that we could give.
Ice Breaker – 23 April 2023
Fr. Jovito never fails to amaze the youth with his creativity and wisdom. In this particular session, he organized a series of games that not only brought excitement but also had a deeper meaning behind them. As the young people participated in games like Food Error, Towel Race, and Coins Collect & Count, Fr. Jovi explained the significance of each game and how it relates to our lives. The young people were surprised at how much they learned from these seemingly simple games. But what made the session truly special was the way the youth worked together. Despite being competitive, they listened to each other’s opinions and ideas, and collaborated to achieve a common goal. It was a session that not only provided entertainment but also a valuable lesson on teamwork and communication.
The Passion of Christ – Day 2 – 26 March 2023
The second day of the “Passion of Christ” was a monumental achievement for the cultural team of the Youth Ministry and the entire St. Anselm’s Catholic Church community. As we watched the young people bring the story of Jesus’ sacrifice, pain, and suffering to life on stage, it was impossible not to feel moved by their powerful performances. The level of talent and dedication on display was truly remarkable, with 45 young people in the drama, 5 dancers, 10 props team, and 2 light technicians and 4 sound engineers all working together seamlessly to create a truly unforgettable experience. It was a testament to the power of teamwork, and to the passion and commitment of the young people who had spent countless hours practising, rehearsing, and perfecting their roles. And, of course, none of it would have been possible without the support and guidance of our mentors, youth leaders, and our beloved parish priest Fr. Jovito, who had inspired and motivated us every step of the way. As the final curtain fell and the audience erupted in applause, we knew that we had made a difference in the lives of those around us, and that the memories of this incredible performance would stay with us forever.
The Passion of Christ – Day 1 – 25 March 2023
The stage was set, the lights were dimmed, and the audience was hushed with anticipation. The first day of the “Passion Of Christ” performance was about to begin, and as the curtains opened, a powerful silence descended upon the crowd. The youth actors, dressed in ancient robes, took their positions, ready to transport us back to a time long ago. From the agony of the crucifixion to the joy of the resurrection, the performance was a powerful portrayal of the life and death of Jesus Christ. As we watched in awe, we were reminded of the power of faith, and the selflessness of Jesus’ sacrifice. As the final scene came to a close, we were left with a deep sense of gratitude, and a renewed commitment to living our lives in accordance with Jesus’ teachings. This was a truly unforgettable experience, one that will stay with us for a lifetime.
A Journey to Flame – 4 March 2023
Our journey to Wembley Stadium was more than just a physical trip; it was a spiritual pilgrimage that left a lasting impact on our youth group. As we sang and danced with our fellow young believers, the music seemed to transport us to another realm, where our hearts and souls were lifted up in worship. We were reminded that our faith is not just about attending church or following a set of rules, but about building meaningful connections with God and our community. The experience was a powerful reminder that we can connect with God in many different ways, and that our faith is a living, breathing thing that grows and evolves over time. As we returned home, we felt inspired and empowered to share our newfound knowledge and passion with others, knowing that the seeds of faith that were planted in our hearts at Wembley Stadium will continue to grow and flourish for years to come.
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE – NOV 22
On November 5, the Youth celebrated “ALL SAINTS DAY.” They were asked to dress as a saint they admired or found inspiring and create a poster about a saint of their choice. The Young People thoroughly loved this session because they discovered information about the Saints that, previously, they were unaware of.
The Youth Ministry Sports Team held a sports day on October 29. The Young People went to Featherstone Park, nearby, to participate in a variety of sporting events, including a football tournament. St. Teresa’s group won the Tournament.
On October 15, the Youth Council Leaders took the lead in the session in which they explained the Youth Council Leaders responsibilities. Additionally, on that day, the youth participated in a listening campaign where they all had the chance to speak openly about their own problems with mental health and domestic challenges.
All Ealing Citizen Leaders and Youth Council Leaders had the chance to visit the London Living Wage Celebration on November 14 2022, to celebrate the victory with Councillor Peter Mason and MP Virenda Sharma. Some young people had the chance to welcome them, and have a professional conversation with them. The rest of the crew were able to network. As a result, West London College, Heathrow Education and St Anselm’s Rising Youth Ministry will be working closely with each other on upcoming Citizen’s events.
A SHOW FOR ALL
Come watch the love!!
Our young people, here, in Southall invite you to come along to this event.
Saturday 27 November 2021 at 7.15pm
Our Young People are happy to be able to meet in person, again. It is good to come together to pray, promote, play and to take advantage of the opportunity to share and support each other. If you would like to join them, please contact Mark Silva.
Join us for Christmas Carols and a Nativity Story from our youth December 2020
During the Season of Creation, we are invited to reflect, discuss and pray on our relationship with God’s creation and ways of becoming better stewards. We are called to grow in solidarity with the whole of creation by restoring a healthy relationship which ignites liberation and consolation for exploited and abused sections of the creation. Having discussed in different groups, the youth took time to share some of their ideas and concerns through the medium of short enactments.
Appreciating the Gift of Creation
Pope Francis and the whole Church have been inviting all of us to reflect and to engage with the world around us, to effect an ecological conversion. This desire, however, does not only stem from a guilt about the destruction that we have caused, but instead it is nourished by our faith in God and Jesus Christ who is ever present and continually labours in and through creation. It springs from our love to be united with God, the merciful Father by putting right our relationship with one another and creation.
Responding to this invitation and as a part of celebrating the Season of Creation, a group of youth from St Anselm’s Church Rising Youth Ministry, visited Wolf Fields managed by A Rocha. Kailean Khongsai, coordinator of the project, invited the youth to toil and work in the allotment for a couple of hours. Being in a place converted from a wasteland to a wonderland, the hope is that our own wastelands within us and the way we relate to people and creation would be turned into wonderlands of stewardship, love and mercy.
Being Connected to One another
We desire to be connected with one another, and this desire has in no way been reduced during the lockdown period. It helps each one to be grounded and to be aware of different experiences that affect us and the people around us. One of the initial steps in being connected to one another is sharing. Of course, sharing could happen in so many different ways. A group of youth from St Anselm’s Rising Youth Ministry got together to share some of their experiences of the lockdown. The youth shared one particular experience during the lockdown months that gave life, meaning and joy. Here in this video, a summary of that sharing is presented, hoping to be connected with the larger parish community.
This is what happens when we work together