Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Department for Youth Services

The Event:

The Event - Valentine's Day at St. Joseph's

On Wednesday 13 February 2019 St. Joseph’s held the next instalment of the monthly St. Joseph’s EVENT faith night. This month our theme was love and St. Valentine’s day.

110 students from across the diocese from as far and wide as Bishop Auckland, Crook, Sunderland, Jarrow and South Shields attended along with 20 staff, nuns, clergy and parishioners.

Students were asked to reflect upon the true meaning of love and St. Valentine’s day. Students explored the life and martyrdom of St. Valentine and how we can show love to those in our life, our communities and our parishes. Students were asked to create Freeze Frame Dramas to depict how they too will go and share Jesus’ love with those in their lives. They created Valentines cards for lonely and elderly parishioners in their parishes.

Laura led students in a reflection about the different types of love—family love, friendship love and sacrificial agape love.

Finally we ended with a #AMEN twitter prayer liturgy.

A fantastic evening was had by all, with students engaging in musical praise, faith games like Valentine’s Tag and ‘Protect Jesus’ and reflecting, creating dramas and dances and worshipping together from all corners of the Diocese.

View the images from the Event now.

The EVENT turns 2 – come and celebrate the EVENT’s Big Birthday Bash!

On Wednesday 17 October we will be celebrating the 2nd birthday of the Diocesan faith night ‘the EVENT’. The EVENT is a monthly faith night for young people in years 5, 6, 7 and 8 across the Diocese, plus parents, teachers, parishioners and clergy. Every month young people across the Diocese come together to have fun, make new friends, celebrate their faith, sing, dance, do drama, play games and worship.

Every EVENT is different from Harry Potter and Star Wars themed faith nights to superheroes, Advent, Valentines and Easter themes no two nights are ever the same. In the past we have seen priests and nuns splatted with whipped cream in games of Pie Face, we have seen young people win prizes for over 360 Random Acts of confirmed Kindness performed and we have been inspired by brilliant guest speakers from YMT and across the diocese as well as musicians, games and fun.

I would like to thank everyone who has attended in the past two years we have had students from as far and wide as Crook, Bishop Auckland, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Durham and North and South Tyneside regularly attend. We have also had four students and one parent who have decided to get baptised as a result of attending the EVENT which is fantastic news! The night is open to those of all different faiths and none.

The EVENT is held monthly at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn and is free and open to all. We provide pizza and refreshments free of charge afterwards too so young people can get to know others from other schools across the Diocese. In addition to our monthly faith night EVENT at St. Joseph’s we will also be running two more ‘roadshow’ EVENTs this year, one in November at St. Cuthbert’s in Crook in the Escomb partnership and one in the Pontop Partnership in March at St. Mary’s RC Primary in South Moor (see poster for dates).

Wednesday 17 October marks the EVENTs 2nd Birthday so come along to St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn between 6.00 - 7.30pm, there will be birthday cake, faith, fun and madness galore! All welcome, its free and all young people in years 5, 6, 7 and 8 are welcome as well as parents, teachers, parishioners and clergy. There is ample parking available for cars and minibuses too. For further details please email Andrew Young on or ring me on 07868 155298. Please let me know how many you are bringing too so I can let the catering team know.

God bless.

Andrew Young
Head of RE at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Hebburn.