Formation

Formation sessions are compulsory for pilgrims and will include all the information that you need to know for your ACYF pilgrimage to Perth. Pilgrims travelling with a school, parish or community group will receive information from their Group Coordinator about the dates of their formation sessions. 
 
Formation for MCG Pilgrims 
The dates for the MCG pilgrim formation sessions are below. All MCG pilgrims must attend these sessions:  
 
Session 1
When: Wednesday 4 September: All MCG pilgrims were required to attend, resources now available under Resources  
 
Session 2
When: Wednesday 25 September, 6.30pm to 9pm. All MCG pilgrims were required to attend, resources now available under Resources
 
Session 3
When: Wednesday 23 October, 6.30pm to 9pm.
Where: Cardinal Knox Centre, Lecture Theatre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne.
Who: All MCG pilgrims are required to attend. All MCG leadership team members are required to attend. Any self-managed groups who wish to attend are required to RSVP HERE.
 
Commissioning event
When: Sunday 24 November 
 
All ACYF Melbourne participants, family and friends are invited to join us for the Melbourne Commissioning Event which will happen in two parts:
 
Local Blessing
Pilgrims will be invited to join their local parish Mass to receive a blessing from their parish community. The ACYF team will supply the parish's with a blessing. If your local parish is unable to participate, you can nominate a nearby parish which has been identified as a hub parish for ACYF pilgrims and receive your blessing there. In order for us to deliver your commissioning items to your parish or local hub, it is essential that you to RSVP for the day. After the local blessing you are then asked to grab some lunch before heading into the city for part two of the day.
 
If you are an individual MCG pilgrim, we ask that you register via THIS link
 
If you are a Group Coordinator who is registering their group, please use THIS link 
 
 
Central Commissioning
All pilgrims and their families, friends and supporters are to be gathered at St Augustine's Church in Bourke Street by 1.30pm where a pilgrimage walk to St Patrick’s Cathedral will begin. Once arrived at St Patrick's, Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli will lead us in prayer and commission the Melbourne ACYF pilgrims attending the Festival. Following the Commissioning Liturgy, leaders, pilgrims and their families will be invited to enjoy festivities in the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Food will be available for a donation and there will be live music until 4.30pm.
 
 
 
 
Formation for Leaders 
This training is for leaders in the Melbourne Collective Group (MCG) only 
First formation session for leaders - 11 September (completed)
Second formation session for pilgrims and leaders - 25 September (completed)
Second formation session for leaders - 19 October
Third formation session for pilgrims and leaders - 23 October 
Commissioning event – Sunday 24 November 
 
 
Group Coordinator compulsory briefing (attend one only)
These sessions have been concluded. Please contact us directly if you were unable to attend for any reason. They outlined important policy and procedural requirements to ensure the effective and safe operation of the pilgrimage and answered any questions. They included other information to help prepare for the pilgrimage. 
 
Downloads of the Formation Resources are available on the Resources page as well as the slides from the presentation.