Hello all! Hope this new year will be full of blessings!
One blessing that you cannot miss is our local World Youth Day (WYD) Vigil, which will take place in the parish of St Mary’s (Helsinki) on the 26th and 27th of January!
You will find the full programme, more detailed information and a registration form on the registration page. Young adults are also very welcomed, don’t miss out!
Alejandro da Silva
St Mary's Youth Group on Jan 12:
Until yesterday, I did not know where I had learned the words I knew. But guess what?! A huge percentage of my Finnish vocabulary I have acquired in the Church! We were learning positioning words and furniture, for example oikealla puolella (which I read every Sunday in Creed: at the right [hand of the Father]). There are many more words, such as koska, siksi, jos, leipä, taivas, koti that I realized I had learned by reading the day's Gospel in Spanish while I was listening to it in Finnish, or through repeating prayers or songs.
My answer is: we do a little bit of everything.
To be clearer, I would classify the activities into three groups:
- Formation and spiritual activities, such as catechesis, adoration, prayers, etc.
- Community Service, helping the parish for the Christmas Bazaar or the church coffee for special events.
- Fun, hanging out together, sharing our experiences and sometimes being silly together.
To give you a better description, I will write down what we have been doing recently (or during this past year).
No, no, that is not a typo in the heading. Prend means friend and is a word that we invented during World Youth Day in Poland in 2016. To put it simply, it is an invention that began with our imperfect English. I remember that at that time I could not even properly recite prayers in Finnish and hardly follow people’s conversation. However, out of love, my friends - prends - helped me understand everything. We danced together, got lost together, roamed around in beautiful Krakow together. Those are nice memories.
What is a Friend?
“Lord Jesus, I trust in You.”
During this Pascal Octave, I have started praying the Novena of Divine Mercy. God’s Mercy is infinite, the only condition we need to discover it is that we trust in Him.
Thanks be to God, I participated the Easter Vigil this year with Stella Maris People. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and had sharing moments in group and in family.
By the time of the Vesper, we had decided to do the readings in different languages and shared them among ourselves. This meant that the readings and psalms were in Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Finnish, Swedish, English and Tagalog. It gave us an amazing feeling of being the Universal Church and experiencing a new Pentecost!
After the Vigil, we shared some experiences, songs and pastries.
Christus Resurrexit! Christ is risen!
And that gave me the inspiration for this blog post.
Sister: "We are cleaning, do you still want to come? It is a bit noisy, you won’t be able to pray."
Anna Kristiina El-Khoury
Bishop Teemu Sippo SCJ
Bosnia And Herzegovina
Nordic Youth Meeting
One Body In Christ
Pilgrimage Of Trust
Teemu Sippo SCJ
Turku Youth Group
World Youth Day
World Youth Festival
Youth Group Helsinki
Youth Group St Mary's
Youth Group Turku