Year of Youth Parish Focus: Sunbury
Since the announcement of Year of Youth by the Australian Catholic Bishops and Pope Francis, our parish has been encouraged that it is time to start an active Youth Group for the youth of Sunbury parish. Our Parish Priest, Fr Kevin McIntosh has endorsed the group and our school principals and leadership are also behind us and wanting it to go well for the parish.
Our current youth group currently do fundraising for local charities by coordinating parish dinner dances but we wanted to have an active youth group where our youth will feel connected to each other and to the parish community by gathering in an interactive and fun environment on a frequent basis.
Currently our parish is working in collaboration with our local parish schools, youth chaplains, Archdiocese Youth Leaders and students to produce a youth group that will appeal to our local youth.
After attending the Year of Youth Launch in Melbourne, we came back to the parish full of enthusiasm and ready to launch our youth group, but what we want to achieve is taking a bit longer to plan and coordinate than I had originally thought. We are working slow and steady in order to produce something that will be wonderful, rather than rush into it and have it fail. So with a great team behind it, we are working on all the facets that need to be in place before we can start the first session. Things that are important like the Child Safe Standards, Policy and Procedures for sessions and events, Marketing the group to our parents and youth. All of these things are important even before our kids walk into the Hall.
The hopes for the Sunbury Parish Youth Group are that the youth of our parish feel connected to each other, to our leaders, to our parish, to our faith. That they have a sense of belonging and will develop their faith.
Jo Spiteri, Parish Secretary