Youth Ministry in the Pastoral
The Pastoral Area currently
sees a significant drop in numbers between the
number of young people making their First Holy
Communion and the number of young people receiving
the Sacrament of Confirmation.
This drop in numbers is also
seen in the number of senior school children
regularly attending Mass compared to the number of
junior school children regularly attending Mass.
Young people attend many
different senior schools across the Pastoral Area
with only a few attending the Catholic Schools of St
Gregory the Great or Our Lady’s Abingdon. Therefore,
support for ongoing faith formation for young people
needs to be available through the parishes.
There are some groups already
in place that cater for small numbers of young
people, with other young people attending groups
attached to other Oxford churches such as St
Aloysius or Blackfriars.
In other cases young people
have found a place to answer their questions within
other Christian churches outside the Catholic
Opportunities for training
courses and activities have been opened up by the
Birmingham diocese to Oxfordshire as a whole,
including that part within our Diocese of
Portsmouth. However more support and commitment is
required from us in the Portsmouth Diocese to enable
these activities for young people to continue and to
be developed further.
Contact details for
Thames Isis Pastoral Area youth events:
Click here for Birmingham Catholic Youth Service -
Click Here for details of church Youth Groups.
Useful links aimed at young adults:
18 to 25 year olds, based at London Colney
Community A catholic community
YMT - Youth
World Youth Day A From Toronto 2002 &