News for Young People in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
Greetings to you all!
It's hard to believe that Advent is almost upon us – where did the year go? But never fear there are still things you can get involved in this year as well as a smorgasbord of events to put on your calendar for 2010.
Plans are shaping up for a Diocesan Youth Mass to kick-start the year on February 6. You are invited to join Bishop Peter as we celebrate Eucharist together 'in the vineyards' at Mittagong. With the spectacular backdrop of rows of grapes almost ready for harvest, let's celebrate the incredible gift of being young and being Catholic.
Keep reading… and make sure you mark your calendars! I hope you have a wonderful Advent as you prepare with family and friends for the beautiful feast of Christmas.
Born For This Lent 2010 is shaping up to be an incredible experience of immersion into the story of the Passion. Throughout the Diocese we will be touring a production of Born For This to schools and parishes. See the information below about auditions and think about getting involved. To make this happen we need a cast of young talented people just like you! Go on, be a part of it!
Y God will keep the Y generation asking questions throughout the year in a series of gatherings for young adults to discuss and ponder the issues of today and the challenge of living Christian values in a world of competing values. Together we will seek answers to the eternal question - Y God! You are invited to join in this conversation each month at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Come along, hear what others have to say and debate, affirm or just listen and ponder.
NB. Even if you are not quite Gen Y, feel free to come along if you are aged between 16 and 35.
Word and Deed | Gospel based resource for young people Word and Deed are produced for use by youth groups but can be used by anyone who wishes to reflect on the Sunday gospels. They include Leader's Sheet that include, music and liturgical suggestions and fun activities as well as reproducible handouts for group participants. Available for download from www.dow.org.au/youth from November 23.
The Lord is Near | 2009 Advent Resource Guide This year's program is for group or personal use. It is full colour and features reflections on the four Sundays of Advent, a personal examination of conscience leading into 2010, and ideas and prayers for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. If you would like to order a copy, contact Jane Edwards on 4253 0899 as soon as possible. Only $1 per copy.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…
Saturday 28th Waiting in Joyful Hope Advent Retreat for Youth and Young Adults (16-35) 10am-3pm | St Mary's Star of the Sea 166 Fern Street, Gerringong Cost: $5 donation RSVP: Catriona | firstname.lastname@example.org | 0422 201 054
Saturday 5th Born For This Auditions In Lent 2010 the Diocese of Wollongong will be staging a touring production of Born For This, a moving, modern theatrical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross. We are seeking all young people (16-30) who would like to take part in bringing this story of faith to life in schools and parishes across the Diocese. Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 5 at Mary Immaculate Parish Hall, Eagle Vale (10.30am-12.30pm) and the Cathedral Meeting Room, Wollongong (3.00pm-5.00pm). Further details regarding auditions, rehearsals and performances are available at www.dow.org.au/youth.
3-6 iWitness 2009 iWitness is a Conference for young adults aged 16-30 who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and having a good time. There will be opportunities to take part in the Sacraments, pray, discuss and ask questions. Speakers include Cardinal Pell, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Hayden Ramsay, Jonathan Doyle, Sr Mary Madeline OP, Fr Anthony Percy & Anna Krohn. Details: www.lifetothefull.com.au or email email@example.com
10-17 Summer School of Evangelisation The Disciples of Jesus Summer School provides a chance to retreat for a week into the powerful experience of the Holy Spirit of God. This Spirit opens up the possibilities for conversion, deepening faith, peace, healing, joy, freedom and passion for the gospel of Jesus. Lectures (and seminars) are given by those with formal theological training and/or extensive personal experience of faith and Christian Community. Lecture topics include Scripture, Understanding Catholic teaching, Vision for Evangelisation, Living as a Disciple, Prayer, Apologetics. You will also experience a vibrant and rich experience of communal and personal prayer including Charismatic praise and worship, the Divine Office, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Adoration and personal prayer. More information and registration at www.summerschool.org.au
Saturday 6th Mass in the Vineyards Diocesan Youth Mass 6pm | The Hermitage Old South Road, Mittagong BYO Blanket
Tuesday 16th Born For This | Premiere 7.30pm | Mary Immaculate Church Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010
Sunday 21st Y God February topic - Love in the Age of Facebook: Relationships in the 21st Century 3pm | Venue TBA
Friday 26th Born For This 7.30pm | St Paul's Church Tongarra Road, Albion Park Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010
Friday 5th Born For This 7.30pm | St Thomas Aquinas Church Bendooley Street, Bowral Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010
Friday 12th Born For This 7.30pm | St Paul's Church John Street, Camden Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010
Friday 19th Born For This 7.30pm | St Michael's Parish Hall North Street, Nowra Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010
Sunday 21st Y God(3rd Sunday of each month, Feb-Nov) March topic – Neighbourhood Watch: Asylum Seekers & Refugees 3pm | Venue TBA
Saturday 27th Born For This | Final Performance 3.00pm | St Francis Xavier Cathedral Harbour Street, Wollongong Ticket information will be available at www.dow.org.au/youth early 2010
Saturday 27th World Youth Day 2010 Mass 6pm | St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Later in 2010... August 15 | 1 Year to Madrid October 1-2 | Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention, Melbourne 3rd Sunday of each month | Y God