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Holy week with young people

17/04/2007: Spain

In order to live the days of Holy Week more intensely, those responsible for youth ministry in the Prov-ince of Mediterránea organised various activities for young people.
On one hand, there were powerful moments during three days given to boys and girls aged from twelve to sixteen years of age. The aim of these three days was to continue to deepen the socialisation and integra-tion of these young people in groups. We worked on values such as friendship, camaraderie, co-operation… The Gospel of Jesus was presented to them as a guide for “walking” and being happy in life and they were initiated in group prayer, sharing small experiences and committing themselves to the val-ues of the Gospel: forgiveness, helping your neighbour… For that we used dynamics, group meetings, and representations, all in a festive and playful atmosphere.

In the same way, we prepared the young people’s Easter, from Holy Wednesday until Easter Sunday, for young people older than seventeen years of age. Its aim was to celebrate the Passion, the Death and the Resurrection of Jesus in a youthful ambiance; hence its name. With the celebrations of the Pascal Trid-uum there were reflections, analysis of documents, shared experiences, etc.

In total, thirteen activities were programmed in which close to a thousand young people took part accom-panied by one hundred and fifty animators and catechists. This was aimed at creating special moments of growth, both human and Christian.

As the number of participants was greater than the places available, we had to make a choice. The result: only those who usually took part in weekly meetings of these groups were invited. Another criterion that was used was that the boy or girl know where he or she was going. It is necessary that these meetings not be mass meetings (they have around eighty participants) and that there be a reasonable number of anima-tors or catechists accompanying them (one for every eight, approximately).

For the majority of the young people this was not the first time that they had done some of these activi-ties, as 60 to 70% of them had already done so beforehand. But there were some who were participating for the first time and others who had done so a certain time ago.

The scouts also had the opportunity to hold their own meetings during these same days.

These activities have their origin in the setting in motion of catechetical itineraries that are proposed in the colleges: Groups of Friendship and Christian Life, Pathway of Faith or through the scout movement. In Italy, we mainly work with university students who collaborate with the brothers in the activities of the colleges and of the parishes.

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