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Church calls Australian youth to showcase talents ahead of major youth festival Extract from ACBC Office for Youth Media Release, 29 March 2017 Young
people across Australia are invited to showcase their musical, artistic
and film making talents ahead of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival
(ACYF) later this year. Malcolm
Hart, Director of the Office for Youth said, “These artistic and
creative elements of the festival are a unique opportunity to showcase
and celebrate the many gifts and talents of young people. I
encourage every parish, school and community in Australia to invite and
encourage their young
people to participate and to grab hold of thiopportunity by exploring
and sharing their faith through song writing, film making and artistic
creations. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is hosting the
three-day Festival in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney. Focused on young people between Year 9 and 30
years, the program will feature a series of workshops, concerts,
exhibitions, keynote addresses and plenary sessions exploring different
aspects of faith.....(MORE). Further information about each competition is available on the ACYF website HERE Image ACYF
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After 6 years the Ivanhoe Parish Youth Group went into 'Indefinite Hibernation' in September 2011.
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Next synod on youth Extract from Cathnews, 7 October 2016 The topic of the next synod has been announced as Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment, according to a statement released by the Vatican. The Catholic Herald has the story. But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod was nearly dedicated to a different theme - priestly celibacy. Edward Pentin, Vatican correspondent of the National Catholic Register, reported that Pope Francis was “known to be keen” for the next synod to examine “priestly celibacy and a possible push to allow married priests.” However, Pentin wrote: “That proposal was understood to have been voted down by the majority of members on the XIV Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops.” The XIV Ordinary Council is a group of bishops which works with the Pope on choosing the theme of the synod. It includes Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, Cardinal George Pell, head of Vatican finance reform, and several other well-known prelates. In choosing the theme, Pope Francis also consulted bishops’ conferences, the Eastern Catholic Churches, and the heads of women’s religious orders. There had been speculation that the synod would address priestly celibacy. Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo and a friend of Pope Francis, is known to be interested in reforming the requirement for priests to be celibate, and recently had an audience with the Pope. The Vatican statement said the choice of synod theme is expressive of “pastoral concern of the Church for the young,” and was “continuous” with the previous Synod on the Family and the Pope’s subsequent document Amoris Laetitia......(more) Photo: Mishika Perera, St Kevin's Parish Templestowe. Watch her WYD feedback video here (6 minutes)
World Youth Day is a catalyst for renewal in youth ministry Australian bishops say Extract from Media Release, Austraian Catholic Bishop's Conference, CathNews, 26 July 2016 World Youth Day in Sydney changed the landscape of youth ministry nationally, the Australian bishops said today during a national gathering of Australian pilgrims currently participating atWorld Youth Day (WYD) events in Krakow, Poland. Today, the Australian Bishops joined more than 3,000 young people at a national Australian gathering during WYD Krakow that included alaunch of the ‘Year of Youth’,building on the legacy of World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08). The Year of Youth will celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Youth Day, Sydney and highlight how the Australian Church continues to tell the story of WYD08 in its local ministry. Bishop Mark Edwards, Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth and an MC at the national gathering said, ‘The years of preparation leading up to World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) and its events have changed the landscape of youth ministry leaving a lasting impression on the Church. Local youth ministries have grown and diversified. The number of youth ministers has increased along with diocesan support structures.....(more)
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