The Youth 2000 Summer Festival begins today 17 August at the Cistercian College in Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Come Closer, Hear my Word’. Youth 2000 are expecting more than 1,200 young people at this year’s festival which runs until Sunday 20 August.
Young people aged 16‒35 years old are invited to the festival to join in talks, workshops and Masses, music, drama, games and social events over the four days. Guest speakers at the event will include Father Patrick Cahill, the National Spiritual Advisor of Youth 2000 Ireland, and Father Shane Sullivan. Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, will also join and celebrate Mass during the weekend.
Following a welcome on the Thursday, each day of the festival will have a special theme.
Friday will be a ‘Day of Mercy’ with talks on ‘Encountering Jesus in the Eucharist’ and ‘How to receive God’s Mercy’. On the Friday night, in one of the highlights of the weekend, there will be a reconciliation service which will see more than 1,000 young people receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Saturday will be ‘Mary’s Day’ with talks on Mary and a gathering to pray the rosary. The highlights on Saturday will include a healing service with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, which will be followed by a praise and worship concert.
Sunday, the final day of the summer festival, will be ‘Mission Day’. Talks on this day will focus on living a Christian life. The closing Mass for the festival will be celebrated at 12.30pm.
Youth 2000 is a Catholic youth organisation that organises lively faith festivals, retreats, prayer groups and other events for young people aged 16-35 across the island of Ireland. It was established in response to Saint Pope John Paul II’s call to young people at World Youth Day in 1989 to bear witness to the faith. Youth 2000 commenced in Ireland in 1993. The summer festival is one of the largest events held annually in Ireland for young people aged 16-35 years.