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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
Commissioning Mass for ambassadors
A Beginning of the Year of Youth and Commissioning Mass for pilgrims heading to ACYF and Year of Youth Ambassadors will be held on the 3rd of December at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne.
Other Resources
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. 

National Facebook Page 
This Facebook Page has been set up to provide a place for sharing ideas and resources for the year of youth and is especially focussing on parish and local communities. 
AOY “Young Saints” resource (To be released)
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. 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  / 9287 5565.
National Resource Coordinator
Rachelle Smith
Mobile: 0435 652 745

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