The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years’ World Youth celebrations, culminating in Panama in 2019. Pope Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’.
Consequently we have decided to continue our ‘Year of …’ plans with a Year of Mary. Each month is linked to a virtue shown by Mary and celebrates her many names. There will be the usual links to prayer, liturgy, prayer station, resources, artwork and the liturgical and global calendar.
Following a Year of Mary will be an opportunity to introduce the children and young people of our diocese to the many names and images of Our Lady and to allow them to come closer to Mary, the mother of God, and our Mother.