Registrations open for youth festival
Extract from CathNews, 12 May 2017
Online registration officially opened yesterday for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney from December 7-9, the ACBC Media Blog reports.
Among the first to register were a number of the Bishops of Australia gathered in Sydney for their biannual Plenary Meeting. The registration process can be completed on mobile or tablet devices. Alternatively, groups and individuals can register online at www.acyf.org.au.
Groups are encouraged to register early with an additional incentive of a complimentary registration per organisation, for all groups of more than 10, that register before May 31. Early- bird registration closes on August 18. Individuals over 18 years can register as part of a local group or directly as an individual participant. All aged under 18 years must register as part of a group. The festival is expected to be the largest gathering of Catholic young people in Australia since World Youth Day 2008. It aims to draw more than 15,000 people from every state and territory to explore, deepen and celebrate their faith on local soil. Organisers are pulling out all stops to ensure the festival presents a rich variety of speakers, entertainers, workshops and formation opportunities for our young people. The three-day event is an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, hosted in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney. The official theme of the festival is Open new horizons for spreading joy: Young people, faith and vocational discernment. The gathering will be hosted at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, with the final Mass taking place at the Domain within the Royal Botanic Gardens. While registering online for the festival, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said, "The festival will be a national expression and joyful celebration of the young Church in Australia. I encourage young people across Australia to go online and register with a local group today or visit the festival website to find out about other opportunities and the pre-festival competitions." Details: www.acyf.org.au. Photo:Cathnews