We work to recognise and connect with the aspirations of the young, welcoming them – seeing our youth ministry not as a product, but as an experience of relationship – both within the formal and non-formal educative field. Our vision sees the young as ‘Children of God’ deeply loved by Him, whoever and wherever they are.
Catholic groups in London and Hertfordshire
We’ve put together lots of the Catholic groups and organisations that you can get involved with in the Diocese of Westminster – from volunteer work to joining a community. You can use our filter tool below if you’re looking for something in particular.
Shalom is a Catholic community, founded in Brazil, and is present in more than 15 countries, with over 5,000 missionary members. In London, Shalom started among a group of young people who shared the same desire to spread the community’s spirituality. Through prayer, Eucharistic celebration, spiritual formation, teachings, retreats, social gatherings and evangelisation, the London branch is beginning to grow under the guidance of Shalom’s missionaries in Rome.
Our spiritual ethos could be described as Charismatic and Eucharistic. We pray the Prayer of the Church, worship in a charismatic style and have regular times of quiet adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We encourage the personal spiritual development of all our members in ways appropriate to their state and journey in life. We endeavour to remain faithful to the call God has given us as a Community.
Soul Food is a Catholic charismatic prayer group for young adults, that meets every Thursday evening for worship, teaching and faith sharing. A night at Soul Food starts with praise and worship, followed by a talk or Bible-based teaching on a particular theme. This is usually followed up with a time of response such as prayer ministry, small group discussion or faith sharing, individual prayer and meditation or Eucharistic Adoration.
SPEC is a Catholic community and the Youth Retreat Centre of the Diocese of Westminster. Every year, a group of young adults are welcomed into the SPEC community to spend a year in formation and evangelisation. These young adults form the volunteer missionary team. SPEC’s community seeks to live an authentically Catholic life, joined in God’s mission to reach the youth of the Diocese with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
SPUC is the world’s first pro-life lobbying and educational organisation. Its mission is to affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and to defend and protect human life generally. SPUC represents a voice for the unborn. SPUC promotes awareness of the humanity of the unborn child to encourage more widespread recognition of the obligation to defend those with no means to defend themselves.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need. The Society is a lay organisation founded in Paris by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions. In the spirit of justice and charity, SVP seeks to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.
Ten Ten Theatre is an award-winning theatre company working in schools, prisons, churches, community venues and theatres throughout the UK. It aims to produce high-quality drama with a social, moral, spiritual and cultural dimension. At the core of the work of Ten Ten Theatre is an underlying Christian ethos rooted in the Catholic tradition. Our name is derived from the Bible passage John 10:10, “I have come that you may have life, life to the full.”
The Summit is Westminster Youth Ministry’s main in-house diocesan event for young Catholics from 14-18 years old. It’s a chance for young people in the diocese to socialise, share a meal together, learn more about their faith and be introduced to a deeper level of prayer and adoration.
Newman House is the Catholic Chaplaincy Centre for students in central London and a small residential community with 63 student places. Come and stay in the heart of London, walking distance from Theatreland, the British Museum, and at the edge of the West End. Only 10 minutes from both Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras, Newman House is the perfect base for a short break, or for a place to continue your studies whilst the University Quarter is nice and quiet.
World Youth Day is an opportunity to experience in person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with millions of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.
Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, lived at the heart of the Catholic Church. It does this primarily through weekend prayer festivals, where young people are introduced to the essentials of the Catholic faith: Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession, scripture, devotion to Our Lady. These festivals are opportunities for young people to experience the love of God, to receive the grace of conversion and to begin living anew the Christian life.