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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DOW Youth August 2009

News for Young People in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
1 Welcome to our August edition of the Youth eNewsletter. Time passes so quickly in the world of Youth and Young Adults and with each week many of you are continuing to gather in Youth Groups and communities around the Diocese. Recently I have been able to visit young people and parishioners at Dapto, Port Kembla, Macquarie Fields, Kiama and Camden and was also able to attend the Year 9 Reflection Day at St John's, Nowra. I would love to catch up with more of you so drop me a line to arrange a time to chat.

We have just celebrated the one year anniversary of WYD '08. It's hard to believe that it's a whole year since all the grace and blessings of WYD were here in our midst and even more difficult to believe that it's now time to turn our attention to WYD 2011, being held in Madrid. It's time for the next pilgrimage to begin!

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011 | Madrid

The countdown has begun to WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011 and as a Diocese we will celebrate '2 Years to Go' with celebrations on 21-22 August. Come along and be a part of both or either events and take the first step on our journey to Madrid.

Friday 21 AUGUST
Celebrate with music, prayer and fellowship.
Launch of the CDF "Get Me There" account

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish | St Andrews Road, Varroville
Dinner included | Limited billeting available for over 18's
Saturday 22 AUGUST
Youth Pilgrimage to Blessed Mary MacKillop's Tomb

9AM-3.30PM Transport available

For information: 4253 0809 or
To register: visit
or email or call 4253 0899

Reflects Unity That Forms a Marian Crown
The logo for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid recently presented: The image reflects youth of the world beneath the cross, united to form the crown of Our Lady, patron of Madrid. The upcoming World Youth Day is scheduled for 16-21 Aug 2011. The logo designer, José Gil-Nogués, explained that the image symbolises "youth of the whole world united to celebrate their faith together with the Pope, at the foot of the cross, and they form the crown of Our Lady of Almudena, patron of Madrid."The crown, Gil-Nogués added, forms the "M" of Mary and of Madrid. And the cross, symbol of Christianity, presides over the event. The message of the logo, the designer continued, is "a catechesis, an opportunity for evangelisation: The quick and sure path to reach Christ is the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of mankind. In Mary's faith, youth have the example and model for reaching Christ and fulfilling the primary goal of World Youth Day: to bring their message to the world. "The logo has a firm and spontaneous stroke," Gil-Nogués suggested, "like youth of the 21st century. It is close, friendly, open. Joyful, carefree and positive. The use of a palette of warm colours -- red, orange and yellow -- transmits unmistakable warmth and friendliness, symbols of the identity of a city like Madrid, a nation like Spain. These colours also reflect the 'divine warmth' of Trinitarian Love."

At the recent Mount Carmel Day Mass three young people were commissioned to take up a new role as Youth Ministers at Mount Carmel High School. Dominic Fricot, Jessica Kaldasaun and Emma Rice are parishioners at Varroville and Eagle Vale parishes and will be working together to make significant connections for the students between school and parish. They are both daunted and excited by their new role and are busy planning for their first event later this month. Please keep these new Youth Ministers in your prayers as they take up this vital ministry.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have just launched 'Anointed and Sent: An Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry'. This document has been many years in the making and it's exciting that for the first time in Australia all those involved in youth ministry can look to this vision and work in the one direction. If you would like to download a copy head to or if you would like a hard copy give me a call.

Over forty young people from across the diocese have recently completed training as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Coming from nine of our Diocesan schools, these young people will now be commissioned to serve as Extraordinary Ministers in their parish communities.

The St Vincent de Paul Society is launching a new project for young people in the Illawarra to get involved in social action.  If you would like to get involved contact Jeannine Ashton on 4627 9013 or

Australia's first saint, Blessed Mary MacKillop is a role model for all Aussies.  This year on August 8 we will celebrate the Centenary of her death.  Many of us have been taught by the Josephite Sisters or met them through other church ministries.  Take this opportunity to catch up with the Josephites you know and say 'thanks' for the witness they have been to you as they live in the footsteps of Mary MacKillop.

On Sunday August 30 we will gather as a Diocese at Mt Carmel Parish for the annual Multicultural Mass.  All are invited to join the Bishop for this awesome celebration of the cultural gifts that make up the unique church of Wollongong.  Just remember that Aussies are cultural beings too; if you're Aussie born and bred come along and be a part of this cultural melting pot.

If you have anything you would like to promote, advertise or brag about in the next e-newsletter please email me at or call me on 4253 0809.

Peace, Loretta


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