Keeping the Door Open: Young People at Risk (Garry Roach)
Homelessness, bullying, mental illness and substance abuse are just a few of the issues that young people face. Garry Roach will share practical ways that parishes can build resilience in young people, navigate their culture and identify support networks available for youth at risk. Presented by Jesuit Social Services.
Generation to Generation: Guidance for the Parents of Teenagers (Dr Andy Mullins)
It is not uncommon for parents to feel a growing gap with their teenage children in the very years when a close relationship is so important. This workshop will examine effective ways to support parents, and how parish communities can assist with this imperative mission. Andy Mullins, author of Parenting for Character and school principal, will look at the priorities for parents in passing on their faith, teaching key virtues, and empowering young people to think for themselves.
Young Men Rise Up (Fr Daniel Serratore MGL)
Where are all the good young men today? And why aren’t they in church? Fr Dan Serratore MGL will look at the challenges young men face today, examine some of the thriving men’s ministries in Australia and suggest how parishes can use elements of these ministries to draw young men back to church.
Making it real: Engaging Young People through Service
(Dr Joel Hodge)
Making a difference is attractive to many young people. The Church has a rich social justice tradition that connects to a deeper sense of spirituality. So how can parishes invite young people to make a difference through their parish community – and how can this service connect to their spiritual lives and passion for justice? This workshop will explore the theological and spiritual dimensions of social justice and provide reflections from practitioners to help parishes consider what they can do in this field.
Dynamic Parish Youth Ministry – Mission Possible
(Fr Paul Newton)
Fr Paul Newton will look at the key steps in establishing a dynamic and vibrant parish youth ministry program – from scratch. Fr Paul has had extensive experience in the field of youth ministry and in this workshop will be giving you the nuts and bolts of how to do parish youth ministry well.
The Power of Music (Part 1) (Geneveive Bryant)
How can we help young people be ‘full, conscious, and active participants’ in liturgical celebrations? This workshop will explore how young people connect with the Mass, and how the Mass may be your first opportunity to welcome young people to your parish community and into a deeper relationship with Christ.
The Power of Music (Part 2 - Creative Workshop) (Geneveive Bryant)
A practical workshop for singers, musicians and music ministers who have participated in The Power of Music Workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to share successes, failures and ideas with other music ministers. Learn how to plan a rehearsal tailored to involve young developing musicians. Explore contemporary music techniques and suitable ways to apply these to existing Catholic hymns and psalms.