5th May = Helena’s birthday celebration, games and prayers to St. Joseph of Cupertino (patron saint of examinations)
12th May = No session (pre-exam Sunday)
19th May = No session (exam period)
26th May = Mid-exams session – Learning how to listen to the word during difficult moments of study & revision!
Sun 2nd = No VY session (exam period)
Sat 8th = Nightfever. Free. A night of welcoming people on the streets of Soho into the Church to encounter the Peace, Mercy and Love of Jesus.
Sun 9th = VY Session on Our Lady & The Trinity
Wed 12th = Awakening - a concert of international Catholic musicians & performers hit the Leicester Square stage. £12 concessionary tickets.
Thurs 13th = Founder of Mary's Meals, Magnus McFarlane will be speaking at St. Patrick's Soho followed by Marian Procession on local streets. Free.
Sat 15th = Spirit in the City Festival in Leicester Square. Free. http://www.spiritinthecity.org/news-events for more info.
Sun 16th = VY Session - Movie on St. Thomas More (whose feast is on 22nd June)
Sun 23rd = VY Session - Post-exam treat: Pottery-making session (TBC with Eiche!)
Sun 30th = Trip to Tyburn Convent & Picnic in Hyde Park (Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul – 2 martyrs). Tyburn Convent is home to the relics of 350 martyrs who died during the Reformation. This will make for a great day out, and alternative plans will be made in case of rain.
Sun 7th = Parish Summer Fair in the afternoon. VY will be running the Strawberries and Cream stall. (I will be at a Youth 2000 Leadership Training Weekend on this date)
Sun 13th = VY Session - Come Follow Me help. VY are invited to help cut out and prepare figures needed for the Post First Holy Communion group launching in September. This would be considered community service/charity.
[Sun 21st = Optional Come Follow Me help. (I will be at World Youth Day on this date)]
[Sun 28th = Optional Come Follow Me help. (I will be at World Youth Day on this date)]
Sat Date TBC = Picnic in Hyde Park & Catholic Underground. Suggested Donation of £5. http://www.catholicunderground.co.uk/ for more info.
4th, 11th & 18th August = Sessions TBC depending on family holidays!
Tues 6th = Holy Hour at Ealing Abbey for Vineyard Youth & Young Adults on the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Thurs 22nd - Mon 26th = Walsingham Retreat : Launch of our preparations for pilgrimage to Medj. Youth 2000, the other organisation I work for, runs a 5 day retreat during the bank holiday in August. At least 900 teens and young adults attend this retreat. Last year, around 150 of them were between 16 and 18, and have now formed such solid friendships outside of retreat time, alongside taking more leadership roles in running their own retreats for other young Catholics. This is the retreat I would best recommend for your teens this summer. There is a free coach being organised by the Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry team, and the retreat runs on a donation only basis... for your teen, it would be £60 which includes accommodation & food. This will help fire up a launch for preparations for a pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival in August 2014.