|Photo from Youth 2000 at Nolan Catholic High School|
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Youth 2000 & the Scouts
On the weekend of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 8, 9, and 10, Youth 2000 was held again this year in Fort Worth. Thanks to the generosity of Nolan Catholic High School for hosting this youth catechetical/Eucharistic youth rally and retreat for around 1200 youth from North Texas and the area. Thanks to all of those who help organize this major event again this year, which started years ago with a dedicated group from St. Patrick's Cathedral here in Fort Worth. Many priests came to hear Confessions, even with this being an already busy weekend in Lent. The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal - those stationed in Fort Worth and visiting Friars - helped with catechesis, Mass, and Confessions as well. I celebrated the closing Mass on Sunday and Fr. Luke was the homilist. This encounter with the Lord, for all of the youth and adults present, reminded me of the words that soon to be Blessed Pope John Paul II proclaimed on October 16, 1978 at the beginning of his ministry as Bishop of Rome, and which he often repeated at World Youth Day gatherings: "Do not be afraid. Open Wide the Doors to Christ."!
That same afternoon I presided at the annual Catholic Scouting awards at Good Shepherd parish in Colleyville, for around 250 girl and boy scouts of all ages and rank. Thanks to all of the Scout leaders and the dedication of their parents in this important part of community life, which brings parish and community together in a common goal of forming young people as future citizens, but most importantly as citizens of Faith.
Posted by Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD., DD at 6:07 PM