Tonight Catherinanne and I were privileged to be present for a portion of the Youth Vigil at the church. Jane had a block of the vigil time slotted off for the young people to come out and be together. In that time they were invited to reflect, to pray and to share. It was very well done and I must say I was very proud of the work being done in this parish for the development of faith of young persons.  

To see a short video highlighting tonight’s please click here

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This prayer comes to mind as perhaps appropriate to what I witnessed tonight. It comes from The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was prepared for those getting ready for World Youth Day.

Prayer for Youth
(as they prepare for and travel to the World Youth Day)

Where can I go when the night is dark and I stumble along the way?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, whose light turns the night into day.
Where can I go when my heart is low and my spirit wounded with pain?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, to the God who gives joy to my youth!

Where can I go when my heart is full, overflowing with thanks and praise?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, whose peace is the joy of my days.
Where can I go when my heart is healed and mended with comfort and love?
I will go up to the house of the Lord. my God, whose grace gives me strength from above.
Where can I go when my heart is at peace and filled with the spirit of truth?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, to the God who gives joy to my youth!

Where can I go to give of myself in return for all I’ve received?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, who calls me to serve those in need.
Where can I go to pour out myself as God’s love is poured out for all?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, whose love bids me answer the call.
Where can I go for life worth the living, for love strong in word, deed, and truth?
I will go up to the house of the Lord, my God, to the God who gives joy to my youth!