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 ramped 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 moved online to be streamed to hundreds of people each week; and our retreat speakers produced and are producing exclusive content for our media platforms (Click here). As well as this we held an online E-Festival this summer which reached over 100,000 people.
The need for Jesus did not diminish, if anything people have realised more and more how much we need Our Lord, His love and His mercy. We are witnessing astonishing things happening all across the world, 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.
As we move forward, Youth 2000 is totally committed to its ministry and o the well-being of all God’s Children. It is for this reason that Youth 2000 is presently working with Health and Safety professionals in both the North and South of Ireland, the relevant authorities there and its committed volunteers to slowly, and safely, return to our warm and welcoming prayer groups and events around the country.
We are committed to this so that we can pray and worship together in the presence of the Eucharist, and in a manner that is safe and ‘Covid secure’.
We will use use this space to keep you updated on all developments and you can continue to 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… firstname.lastname@example.org … 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.
‘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.
The Youth 2000 Ireland Team
PS … 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
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Sixth Version: 15th July 2020
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Updated: 7th October 2020 (Feast of the Holy Rosary)