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The Diocesan Youth Service started the year with a bang with their special candlelight Mass for young people, followed by hot dogs, a bonfire and fireworks. 

Bishop Peter Collins celebrated the Mass, joined by Fr Luke Goymour (Chaplain to the Youth Service) and Fr Andrew Eburne (Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland and Chaplain to UEA). Music was provided by a group ably led by Alex Savage (Lay Chaplain at Notre Dame High School).

Over 100 young people joined the celebration: children and teenagers with their families, many of the ‘Ignite Lite’ volunteers, the full-time Ignite team, as well as the prayer group that meet together every month to pray for youth ministry in the diocese.

During Mass, people were invited to place a candle at the foot of the altar as a sign of recommitting themselves to the Lord, and then as they left to go into the Bishop’s garden, everyone was given a glow stick – a reminder to let the light of our faith keep on shining. It was cold but the bonfire warmed everyone up as they ate hot dogs and watched the fireworks.

The event also had a collection of items for the ‘Welcome Rucksack Appeal’ that supports children who are refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich.

Hamish MacQueen, Director of Youth Service commented: “It was great to be back running this event again as we hadn’t been able to do it for the past three years because of the pandemic. Thanks to everyone who made it possible, especially Daniel Anderson and the catering and logistics volunteers”.

Pictured above are volunteers serving hot dogs after the Youth Mass.

You can view a Flickr gallery of the event by clicking on the link or the picture below.

Youth Mass