In Lourdes, a centre of evangelisation for young people and families, a pilot project has been set up this summer. Operation Youcat is represented by five young people from Latin America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe who are ready at the Information Centre, in the Saint Veronica Gallery, to welcome all young people who wish to reflect on their faith.
Ready to evangelise
These young people are testifying thanks to being immersed in the realities of pilgrimage: internship in the Hospitality Notre-Dame de Lourdes, accompanying the tours offered in the footsteps of Bernadette. In a simple way, in their own words, they are proclaiming Christ.
“The Sanctuary’s first evangelisers are the sick”
These are the words written by Bishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, in the 34th issue of the Bulletin of the AMIL (International Medical Association of Lourdes, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes), official body of the Bureau of Medical Observations in Lourdes. He added, “Brancardiers and the hospitality, especially young people who have never had contact with the sick, do their best to make them feel comfortable and to assure them that they are loved. Serving the sick during a pilgrimage to a place like this can deeply strengthen a young person’s Christian values.”
Operation YOUCAT in Lourdes this summer
From the beginning of July to mid-September, these young volunteers offer programmes in all languages, as well as opportunities to meet. This young team invites you to reflect so that, together, you can answer questions about the faith. For, as Pope Francis describes in his apostolic letter Sanctuarium in Ecclesia, “These places, despite the crisis of faith that engulfs the contemporary world, are still perceived as sacred spaces to which pilgrims go to find a moment of rest, silence and contemplation in today’s often hectic life.” (SiE 3).
Save the date
Throughout the summer in Lourdes, the Youcat team, easily recognisable in their yellow t-shirts, extends an invitation to conferences, youth evenings, sharing testimonies, picnics … Get in touch with them. Feel free to join them. Sign up for any of their activities. Come meet them and discover the wonders of God. “One of the most beautiful aspects of the pilgrimage for the sick is represented by the amount of love poured on them by people whom they have never met before”, explains the Holy Father in his apostolic letter.
From today onwards, you can contact them:
They will be delighted to rush the complete programme direct to your inbox.
YOUCAT in pictures
Grow in faith with YOUCAT
By taking part in the workshops offered by Youcat you will be able to reflect on all the issues which you have questions about: the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the contradiction between the existence of the evil and the omnipotence and goodness of God, serving one’s neighbour, how to pray, the Eucharist, confession … in dialogue and in confidence. Topics are determined at the beginning of each workshop. Groups of more than 15 people should register in advance and indicate the subject(s) they wish to address.
From july to mid-september
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00am – 11:30am
2:00pm – 3:30pm
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Different languages – most workshops will be held in French or English. If you want Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German or Polish, Arabic please register as a group per E-mail or at the YOUCAT stand next to the Information Center. If you are travelling alone, come and see us at the YOUCAT stand, at the Saint Veronica Gallery at the Information Centre as well.
Participants are asked to come to the YOUCAT stand a few minutes before their registered time.
YOUCAT Evenings : « Be the future ! »
YOUCAT Evenings are an opportunity to get together with other young adults and to have the opportunity to speak with five young people from different continents to discuss anything and everything about the faith. But it’s also a time of friendship, to grab a little snack, to listen to music and relax.
Sunday and Monday
8:30pm – 11:00pm
Register at the YOUCAT stand next to the Information Center or the Youth Village.
From Tuesday to Sunday: come and meet the YOUCAT missionaries to sign up for their programme points, or to see what else they have to offer: For example you can book them for a “picnic” to talk about faith.
On Thursdays there will be special activities at the YOUCAT Stand for families with their children.
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00am -12 noon and 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Bob et Lilly, the YOUCAT heroes for children
On Thursdays your children can discover the two heroes of the YOUCAT book for children (YOUCAT for Kids).
Thursday from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the YOUCAT Stand
Reservations: YOUCAT workshop for the whole family: “When little philosophers ask big questions.”
Studies show that if a child is raised in the faith, the likelihood that he or she will retain it as an adult, increases dramatically. But how do you talk about faith with your children? This workshop will explore how to engage in faith conversations with children with the help of the YOUCAT book for children, the catechism for children and their parents. Sign up for the workshops at the YOUCAT Stand:
Thursday from 10:00am to 11:30am and from 2:00pm to 3:30pm