“Seek First His Kingdom” (Matt 6:33 NIV)
Your St Albans team is really looking forward to welcoming you to our 10th Celebrate weekend, yes, we can’t believe it either, 10 years! If you are joining us for the first time or returning again, coming on your own or with a group or family—you are all very welcome. This is particularly so when the Main Conference at Ilfracombe is not able to run whilst the college is being developed. You are welcome to St Albans until it is ready. If you are unsure what the weekend is like, take a look at the trailer further down the page.
CELEBRATE is a conference for all, young and old. We are seeing great things occurring in this faith of ours and we expect that the Lord shall move powerfully amongst us all during this coming conference; we have seen God use this time before through the:
- Inspired Teaching from three great speakers and theatre productions from RISE
- Spirit-led Praise & Worship
- Creative liturgy and Celebration of the Holy Mass
- Wealth of insightful seminars and workshops including Catholic Bible School
- Time and space to encounter Christ’s healing touch in Adoration, Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry
- Excellent Children’s & Youth Ministry with fun, faith-based streams for all ages with experienced leaders
Check out the short video created by one of our younger attendees for a flavour of what you’ll experience.
There is an oratory for quiet reflection, a marketplace brimming with resources, bibles and books and Mass will be celebrated on both days
Prices will include your Saturday evening meal as usual. Full details to follow.
Watch this space for details of our speakers and until the booking page is activated, please feel free to register your interest by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have attended Celebrate before, we encourage you to invite someone who hasn’t, so they too can experience what you already have; there is lots to celebrate and share, so be bold and invite someone you know!
Comments From the Past
“I was privileged to celebrated the closing Mass of the Celebrate conference recently held at Nicholas Breakspear School in St. Alban’s. It was impressive to see the many families of all ages who gathered for the conference. I met young adults who were now taking leadership positions as ‘missionary disciples’ in university chaplaincies or leading groups of young people. They were grateful for the love of their families, the faith which they had received from them and the support of the Celebrate conferences with its network of friends and peers. The Mass was vibrant, prayerful and communicated a wonderful sense of the love and mercy of God. I think all left feeling spiritually renewed and ready to take the next step in sharing the hope in their hearts with others. Many people were passionate about their faith and the desire to be part of the new evangelisation marked by joy which is at the heart of Pope Francis’ recent exhortation to the Church. I encourage you to take the risk and participate.” Bishop John Sherrington
“I was expecting a faith filled weekend but was concerned that my children, aged 8, 5, 3 and 1, would find spending 2 days immersed in their faith a bit too much. I had also invited an atheist family member who was due to visit us in the dates that coincided with Celebrate weekend. Well, during and after the event my children kept telling me that Celebrate was the best thing they've ever taken part in! They made me promise to take them to the conference every year. I was surprised to see my atheist family member listening attentively to all the talks and joining in with the hymns. I was even more surprised when he said that he wants to come again next year! I learnt a lot from the talks and workshops. I was deeply touched by the Rise Theatre performances. I was strengthened by the prayers that were said over me. The worship made my faith come alive again. I met people who are remarkably normal men and women who are deeply in love with the Lord and totally unashamed about it.
Pope Benedict said that faith is a personal intimate encounter with Jesus and one of the ways it happens is by hanging out with "God's friends". Well, that certainly happened during that unforgettable weekend. I recommend Celebrate to everyone.” Maria