Last weekend 6 parishioners travelled to Walsingham to join over 800 other young catholics at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. We had a great weekend of prayer, discussion and community. If you would like to hear more from the Festival, follow Youth 2000 on social media or drop an email. Leanne has written the reflection below about her experience of the Festival.
We hear a lot about falling numbers in church attendance and the shortage of priests but what I saw over five days in Walsingham for the Youth 2000 Festival was over 800 people coming together to share in the Eucharist with a multitude of clergy and religious, I saw children saying the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, dancing with joy in the presence of Jesus, young people stepping bravely from their comfort zones to share their faith, I heard about Jesus walking into people's lives and healing them, and the power of forgiveness. I saw service to others and the joy in being a part of that. I experienced the stillness and the peace of sitting before the Blessed Sacrament at 3:00 am in the morning. I heard homilies that enriched me, took part in group discussions that challenged and strengthened me and heard talks on prayer that changed how I view my communication with God, whilst meeting some wonderful people. I prayed for the intentions of everyone in the Parish of the Durham Martyrs at the Walsingham Shrine. It was a hope filled weekend and very uplifting.