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See below for information on: 
  1. Sessions for Group Coordinators
  2. Session for Leaders
  3. Events for Pilgrims
  4. Key dates for the Melbourne Archdiocese
  5. Using the Youth Festival to boost your youth group
  6. Useful links 
Sessions for Group Coordinators:
Information and updates will be given across Melbourne at the CONNECT regional youth ministry meetings for those interested in leading a group. These will be held in May, August and October. See here for exact dates and contacts for each region

 Session for Leaders:

  • Blueprint Workshop Day – Saturday 8th April

This workshop day will focus on key skills for youth ministry including how to create a ministry of presence and how to pray with young people. It will also include an overview of the Melbourne Archdiocese’s policy on legal requirements for working with young people.

  •  Youth Festival leader’s formation – Saturday 23rd September 

This formation session will focus on practical skills in leading a group of young people interstate. As a group we will brainstorm challenges that may occur and work through strategies to overcome these difficulties. We will also break open ways that group leaders can deepen the experience for young people they are accompanying. The day will include an outline of the Festival schedule, the latest updates from the National Steering Committee and further information about the Melbourne Commissioning Mass.

Events for Pilgrims:

  • Commissioning Mass and Celebration – Sunday 3rd December 

 The Commissioning Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Hart at the 11am Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. It will be followed by lunch and the collection of our special Melbourne pilgrim item. This event would be an ideal preparation activity for groups to attend together to get to know each other and navigate their way to the city.

  • Gathering of Melbourne pilgrims in Sydney – TO BE ANNOUNCED
Key Dates for Melbourne Archdiocese:
April: Blueprint Workshop day – Saturday 8th
May: National Briefing Day (TBA) + Regional CONNECT meetings (see above)
August: Regional CONNECT meetings (see above 
September: Leaders formation session – Saturday 23rd
November: Connect Bishops Dinner (see above)
December: Melbourne Archdiocese Commissioning Mass: Sunday 3rd  + Melbourne Gathering in Sydney + Australian Catholic Youth Festival: 7–9th
Using The Youth Festival for Boosting Your Youth Group:

The experience of gathering with a large number of young people to celebrate their faith often encourages young people to seek ways of living their faith more actively in their home parishes. The Australian Catholic Youth Festival may be an opportunity for your parish to start a youth group, or give existing groups encouragement to grow.

Here are some tips for using the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to help start or booster your youth group:

  • Decide to take a group to the Festival. Use the Festival as a deadline to get something going in your area.
  • At the Festival, meet as many other young Catholics as possible. Talk to them about their experience of being part of a youth group. Share ideas.
  • Collect contacts from other youth groups, priests and religious who can share their story or give a talk to your group.
  • Enrich your own faith by participating in the activities made available at the Festival. Such as; talks, workshops, praise and worship sessions,      Reconciliation, Adoration and Mass.           
  • Learn more about social justice and the opportunities available to volunteer in your local area.
  • Experience the impact music has on helping young people worship and grab some ideas about songs you can use in your own music ministry.
  • Visit the marketplace and buy resources like books, music and cd’s for yourself or your youth group. 
Useful Links:


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