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THE YEAR OF YOUTH 2018
  
 
The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.
 
The Year of Youth invites the church into dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.
 
 

Year of Youth 2018 Resource
The Archdiocesan Office for Youth (AOY), as the nominated office working for young people in the Melbourne Archdiocese has a special role to play in promoting and resourcing the Year of Youth in our Archdiocese. 
We decided to develop a resource to assist parishes and communities to break open the theme of the Year of Youth and help them begin to plan how they can mark the Year of Youth on a local level. 
This resource contains useful documents to provide the background to the Year of Youth as well as many practical suggestions and ideas for how the Year of Youth can be celebrated. It is really only a start, however, and we know that there will be many creative ways that the Year of Youth will be celebrated across our Archdiocese. 
The resource contains five sections to highlight the different focus areas we are encouraging parishes to mark. Each section contains an overview of the focus area and a number of suggestions of ideas for parishes and community groups. 
 
The Year of Youth in Your Parish
 
 
 
 
AOY “Young Saints” resource
 The AOY has created a “Young Saints” travelling exhibition of six portable pull-up banners featuring photographic images of six young saints. It has an accompanying (downloadable) resource with a short biography of each Saint and includes a prayer or reflection. Download HERE. The resource may be used as a display in your parish, school, or community on significant days (e.g. World Youth Day, Vocations Sunday, All Saints Day etc.) and can also be used as a youth group session. The travelling exhibition may be booked for your parish, school or community by contacting the Archdiocesan Office for Youth at aoy@cam.org.au  / 9287 5565.
 
 
Other Resources
Get a Year of Youth Banner
Would you, your group or parish like to get a Year of Youth banner. The Year of Youth banner is a great way to put your year of youth efforts on the map! Find out how you can get a banner delivered to you HERE.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference resources for the Year of Youth
This website contains background information, resources and other national announcements about the Year of Youth in Australia. 
 
Anointed and Sent
Anointed and Sent is the national vision for youth ministry. One of the goals for the Year of Youth is for everyone to discern what Anointed and Sent looks like in their own ministry context. To view an online version of Anointed and Sent click HERE Anointed and Sent is the national vision for youth ministry. One of the goals for the Year of Youth is for everyone to discern what Anointed and Sent looks like in their own ministry context. To view an online version of Anointed and Sent click HERE.
 
National Resource Coordinator
Rachelle Smith
Mobile: 0435 652 745
E-mail: resources.youth@catholic.org.au
 
 
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