See below for information on:
- Sessions for Group Coordinators
- Session for Leaders
- Events for Pilgrims
- Key dates for the Melbourne Archdiocese
- Using the Youth Festival to boost your youth group
- 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:
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.
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:
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:
Workshop day – Saturday 8th
Briefing Day (TBA) + Regional
CONNECT meetings (see above)
CONNECT meetings (see above
formation session – Saturday 23rd
Bishops Dinner (see above)
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
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