Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
It has been a few weeks since we last spoke about the Covid-19 situation in Ireland and so much has changed in that short space of time.
Whilst the whole world shut down, Youth 2000 was ramping up. Never before has our PR team worked so hard to bring you daily, quality content and updates across all of our socials; our prayer meetings have moved online and are being streamed to hundreds of people each week; and our retreat speakers are producing unique content for our media platforms.
The need for Jesus did not diminish, if anything people are realising more and more how much they need Our Lord, His love and His mercy. We are witnessing astonishing things happening all across the world, an Urbi et Orbi blessing from our Holy Father to an empty St. Peter’s Square, heroic acts of kindness from our friends and colleagues, and we continue to witness our Priests and Religious charge into the front lines of this fight to minister to God’s children.
Every day when we turn on the news or load up our computers we have a choice; to be downhearted about what we see, or to be inspired, to rise to this challenge through the grace of God and the heroic witness of others.
We choose to rise. Whilst we have chosen to postpone our upcoming events, activities and prayer groups, and to move all that we can online, in a collective effort to protect our brothers and sisters and fight the coronavirus, you will see Youth 2000 even more often. Each day Youth 2000 has endeavoured to bring you new content, activities and a reminder that you are not alone, that you are loved and you are part of this family we call Youth 2000. Connect with us on social media, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, check out our website or download the Youth 2000 App, from the App Store and Google Play, for direct notifications to you or a loved one about what we are up to.
We are keeping this situation under constant review, and as soon as the situation is appropriate to do so, you will see Youth 2000 spring back into action with a prayer group and retreat near you.
The need for Youth Ministry has not diminished, if anything it is larger and more immediate now than ever. So if you want to help ‘lead young people to the heart of the Church’ at this time, get in touch… email@example.com … There is more that you can do now than you might ever have imagined and Youth 2000 is ready to be your family in Christ.
This is a dark and difficult time, but Christ is our light and our hope. We look to a patron saint of Youth 2000, St. John Paul II, who reminds us… “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” As Catholics we aim to bring Christ to others, and now His light is needed as much and more than ever. Now is the time for Catholics everywhere to cast out into the deep (Duc in Altum – the motto of Youth 2000) because there is no doubt about it, saints will be made at this time.
May God grant you all the blessings and graces you need, and we consecrate all of this and all that we do to Jesus through our Mother, Mary.
See you soon.
And remember to say frequently ‘Jesus I love you, Jesus I trust in You.’
First version: 27th February 2020
Second version: 6th March 2020
Third version: 10th March 2020
Forth Version: 12th March 2020
Fifth Version: 30th March 2020
Updated: 15th July 2020