Pope Francis says to us, “Dear young people, God has given you great gifts. Dare to dream of great things.” At the World Youth Day in Brazil he encouraged us to “make a noise.”

Our Catholic faith has much to offer when we consider the key issues of the moment – and we are fortunate to have some wonderful speakers who were once young people within the BCYS, now immersed in these issues. They will present a series of “BCYS Voices” to bring their experience and insight to help us to see where we can “dare to dream” as we apply our faith to the way we live our lives in 2020 and 2021.

Normally on this weekend we would have “Youth Gather” – but as we cannot gather, on 24th October we are launching “BCYS Voices” with an Instagram morning prayer led by Harry and Georgia from the chapel at Walsingham House at Abbotswick. You’ll find this on the @BrentwoodCYS Instagram at 10am.

Each new episode of “BCYS voices” (of approximately 45 minutes, including time for you to reflect about what is being said) will go live on the first Saturday of every month from 7th November through until next March. 

Our first “BCYS Voice” will be Fr Paschal Uche, former BCYS Lourdes and WYD leader, and recently ordained priest of Brentwood Diocese. He’ll be speaking about his experience as a young black Catholic. He’ll consider the pain of racism, the problem of racism, and the potential that we have, as young Catholics, to build the world in the image of Jesus Christ – where everyone is welcomed, valued and loved, in all the beautiful diversity of every race. His insights will be on YouTube from 10am on Saturday 7th November.