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Million Minutes in Partnership with St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School & the parishes of St Bernadette & St Dunstan

Who are ‘Million Minutes’?

Million Minutes, in their own words, are a Catholic charity that:
“…enable youth action and advocacy activities that give voice and support to young people (aged up to 25) to transform their lives and their world. That’s because young people’s energy and vibrancy is astonishing. We have faith in young people. We see a world in which young people enable the transformation needed for everyone to live a life of dignity.”
You can find out more about the Million Minutes story here:
Million Minutes | Supporting young people to take action and speak out

What is the Beacon Parish Scheme?

As part of their work with parishes, Million Minutes are:

“Inviting a small number of parishes to dedicate one million minutes to the young people in their locality. This equates to roughly two years where we – Million Minutes – will walk with those in the parish to develop their young ministry. There will be opportunities to meet other like-minded parishes, undergo training, and opportunities to create bespoke approaches to improving parishes accompaniment of young people. We’ll work with you and, where possible, with other partners such as your diocesan youth office.”

Along with four other parish groups across the country, our parishes – in partnership with St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School – have been chosen to become a Beacon Parish and, over the next two years, Million Minutes will help us to really invest in and focus on young people in this part of the city.

What does the Beacon Parish Scheme mean for our parishes?

“In the Name of Jesus: Welcome, Loved, Sent!”

It is important to know that rather than a specific youth project, we intend for this scheme to be a ‘whole parish’ initiative that really focuses on placing our young people at the centre of our parishes and encourages us all to walk alongside each other as we look at how, as a whole faith community, we can become a place where people are Welcomed, Loved and Sent.

In the trials of our current situation, the difficulty of living through a pandemic and the uncertainty of the road ahead, it is also a chance for us as a faith community to be a light in the darkness and a ‘Beacon’ of light and hope to others.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5



 What gifts do I have to offer?

This really is a question that we can all ponder regularly. Perhaps you have a talent or a hobby you could share, or maybe simply some of your time? Fr Matt or Caroline Sadd (Parish Outreach Worker) are always available to meet and have a chat if this is something you would like to discuss further.

Opportunities to get involved

There will opportunities to get involved in specific projects as well, so please do keep an eye out on our website and social media for updates. You can also fill in the contact form if you wish to find out more or be kept up to date directly:

Want to get involved? Find out more? Send us a message and we'll respond as soon as possible.

Information provided on this form, together will all other personal data held by the parishes of St Bernadette and St Dunstan, is processed in accordance with Clifton Diocese’s Privacy Notice, which is available by clicking here.

How can you get involved? 

Firstly, you can pray! Please do consider praying for our young people and this project as we move forward in hope. Also consider praying the parish prayer regularly as well.

Come Join the Conversation

We would also like to hear from our parishioners about what you would like to see in our parishes and especially what our young people themselves would like to see happen. Again, fill in the contact form if you wish to share your thoughts and ideas.