‘Pizza and Prayers’ is proving a popular choice on the menu for young people at St Charles and St Thomas More parish in south Liverpool – though not necessarily in that order. It is the name of the parish youth group for 11 to 18-year-olds, who meet regularly to explore their faith, build bonds of friendship and fundraise for Lourdes.
In February, parish priest Father James Preston led a retreat for 15 members of the group at the Castlerigg Manor Centre in Keswick – an opportunity to share their thoughts about their faith journeys, celebrate Mass together and reflect during Adoration. There was also a film and quiz night and a three-mile sponsored walk, raising funds for their Lourdes trip this summer. Seventeen young people from the Aigburth parish have places on the Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage, travelling on Coach 9 with the Widnes and Isle of Man groups.
The Lent season was a particularly busy time for the group who attended a house Mass celebrated by Fr Preston for 21 young people and adults, squeezed into a group leader’s kitchen – a real celebration of faith and friendship. They welcomed two youth group members from St Francis of Assisi in nearby Garston too, and naturally pizza followed the Mass.
St Charles and St Thomas More parish is blessed to have such committed young people who support each other. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your message ‘Pizza & Prayers’.