Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Fr McCartney Speaks to a Youth 2000 Retreat at his Parish

"So often today youth ministry makes the mistake of watering down the Catholic faith in an attempt to make it more attractive to teenagers,” said Father John McCartney, pastor of St. Matthew’s Church. “What young people really long for is the Catholic faith, pure and undiluted. This is the great secret behind the success of Youth 2000: bring young people together from different parishes and different backgrounds, place them in the presence of the Holy Eucharist, have priests, religious and laity zealously speak to them of the truths of the Catholic faith, challenge them to live it, and then step back and be amazed at what happens.”
The retreat is run at different parishes around the country by Fr. Benedict Groschel's order, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, an orthodox YOUNG order based in New York, which is bursting with vibrant vocations.
Doesn't this give you hope for the future of the Church?!

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