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Young people urged to ‘change the world’ at Paisley youth Mass

Paisley’s Catholic youth turned out in their droves last week, as the diocese celebrated its annual youth Mass for the second year running.

Young people and school pupils from across the diocese gathered in St Mirin’s Cathedral, where they were led by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley.

Before the Mass, a group of more than 20 talented youngsters who are part of a Paisley-based drama group performed a play, which was commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Catholic school in Paisley.

Youth people from Catholic secondary schools across the diocese then participated in the entrance procession as the Mass began. Representatives from each school carried a candle which was then taken back to their school to be used in their oratories and at Masses and services. Bishop Keenan spoke to the young people gathered about their very important role to change the world and the Church, not just in the future but starting now.

More than 60 young people who will be going on pilgrimage to Lourdes this year with Paisley Diocese were then commissioned at the Mass with a special rite after the homily. Young people from the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Poland were also in attendance, with many finding it a great opportunity to reunite in the spirit of friendship and prayer. The Mass was held during Catholic Education Week, which marks the 100th anniversary of Catholic state schools in Scotland.

“I think it went well,” youth chaplain Fr Frank Hannigan said. “The youth Mass this year fell on the feast of St John Bosco, the patron saint of young people. It was the start of the some of the celebrations we’ll have for the centenary year.”

It proved to be a fantastic celebration of Paisley’s Catholic youth, as they look forward to an exciting 2018 for young people across the diocese.

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