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Link to the Archdiocesen Office for Youth HERE
Faber Fridays: Easter Seasons Prayer  Series for Young Adults
Fridays 24 & 31 May and 7 June, 6.30–9.30pm at Faber House, 8 The Avenue, Parkville
This prayer series for young adults (aged 18 to 35) aims to help you pray with some of the Easter Gospels, guided by Fr Robin Koning SJ.  Each evening, there will be guided prayer and some time for spiritual conversation about your experience in prayer, finishing with a simple meal for those who wish. You can attend individual evenings if you can't get to them all.    Cost: Donation towards the meal appreciated but not essential. 
Synod of Bishops on Young People: Becoming digital missionaries
Extract from Melb Catholic, Vatican News, Thursday 18 October 2018
Today at the Synod briefing the press were told that a repeated theme in conversation in the Synod assembly was how the Church can be part of the digital world. For this, the Church needs ‘digital missionaries’.        Dr Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, started the briefing by listing a number of issues that had been spoken about in the general congregation of the Synod. He said that migration, both internally and externally in countries, was a hotly debated issue. Young people are, he said, concerned about the stewardship of creation. He said that the assembly heard that young people react negatively to corruption in politics. He also noted that it was said that young people want the Church to be a place of excellence.        Other issues that arose included conscience, truth and mercy, teaching in catholic schools and universities and how drug use and alcoholism often led young people to crime......Bishop Tencer said that one thing that struck him was that this Synod has been a great success because it was well prepared. Information has come from the whole world. he felt that the conversation has been very positive and that this Synod would certainly help the Church move forward.....(more)
The Synod in Rome - Road to Emmaus
Limited extract from Christopher Lamb, subscription journal The Tablet, 17 October 2018
During his first sit-down interview, at the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis made some remarks about synods which, at the time, were largely overlooked.         “Synodality should be lived at various levels,” he told Antonio Spadaro SJ in August 2013, six months after election.  “Maybe it is time to change the methods of the Synod of Bishops. Because it seems to me that the current method is not dynamic.”            Five years on it is becoming clear that the Synod of Bishops has become one of the primary structures in Francis’ programme of church renewal. When it comes to youth, which the current synod is focusing on, the Catholic Church could be described as the IBM of the religious world.....(source).  Photo: Youth Synod delegates arrive for a session The Tablet. Christopher Lamb CNS

Melbourne Youth: Have your say!

Thursday 13 Sept, 8 – 9.30pm at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Join us at an AOY Plenary Listening and Dialogue session. This will be a chance for young people to have their say and experience the ‘Listening and Dialogue’ process so they can host other sessions in their local youth and young adult groups. Cost: Gold coin donation for pizza. Enquiries: or 9287 5565  RSVP:  HERE

For more information about this amazing pilgrimage and how to apply visit our website
or contact the Archdiocesan Office for Youth on 03 9287 5565 or
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Melbourne Youth - Have Your Say!
The upcoming Plenary Council is a unique opportunity to listen to and discern what God is asking of us in our Church. Join us at an AOY Plenary Listening and Dialogue session to be held on Thursday 13 September 8-9.30pm at the Cardinal Knox Centre. This will be a chance for young people to have their say and experience the ‘Listening and Dialogue’ process so they can host other sessions in their local youth and young adult groups. Pizza available for a gold coin donation - RSVP to make sure there are enough slices! Details HERE
World Youth Day 2019 home and away! 
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Summer School of Evangelisation will be your World Youth Day at Home, hosted by the Disciples of Jesus in partnership with the AOY. The 2019 Summer School will take place in Kyneton so save the dates 20-27 January 2019 (the same dates as the international World Youth Day) and stay tuned for more details!

Also... our new Archbishop has announced that Melbourne will be taking a pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama via Mexico! Details are still being finalised but if you are over 18 and interested in attending, register your interest HERE
Youth Festival to tune into what Spirit is saying
Extract from CathNews, ACBC Media Blog, 17 August 2018
More than 5000 young Catholics are expected to converge on Perth next year for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival.         As the largest Catholic youth gathering in Australia, the ACYF promotes and engages the life and voice of young Catholics, equipping them to live out their faith in the world.     The festival, to be held on December 8-10, 2019, will use the scriptural focus of the 2020 Plenary Council by adopting the theme “Listen to what the Spirit is Saying (Rev 2:7)”.     Prayers for and discussion about the Plenary Council will ensure vital consultation with Australia’s youth takes place in this important journey in the life of the Church.     Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB expressed his joy and hope for the festival.    “As God called St Francis of Assisi many hundreds of years ago to ‘go and rebuild the Church’, I pray our young people might hear this same calling,” Archbishop Costelloe said.    “It will be a fantastic experience and an opportunity for our young people to commit themselves to helping the Church become the Church that God wants it to be and the world needs it to be.” ....(MORE) Photo: Cath News, The Record/Jamie O’Brien
Other Bits 'N' Pieces

Six30 Holy Hour – every Thursday night from 6.30pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Details HERE

Positions vacant
The Melbourne Archdiocese has a range of positions available at the moment, details HERE

The CAPSA National Week of Prayer & Action (20 – 31 Aug). CAPSA is the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum. To find out more and get involved see HERE

Sparks of Beauty: In the Zone (28 Aug)
A conversation on the role of sport in building community, celebrating the human spirit and imparting worth— and not just the monetary kind. Featuring voices from Melbourne’s other religion: Footy! With Richmond player and coach Mervyn Keane and AFLW Best & Fairest winner Emma Kearney. DETAILS

Melbourne Catholic Youth Games (25 Aug)
Register your teams now for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, table tennis, chess and uno! Held at Mazenod College, Mulgrave. DETAILS

The Vinnies Social Extravaganza (25 Aug) Young Vinnies are hosting a social night of fun at the Melba Speigletent. All welcome. Details HERE.
iThirst (29 Aug & 12 Sept)
Young Adult (18-35) group run by the Emmanuel Community in Hawthorn. DETAILS

T@P (3 Sept)
Simon Carrington presents on 'How to Get the Most Out of Mass" DETAILS

Made for Greatness (15 Sept)
Vietnamese Youth Festival held at St Joseph's Collingwood! DETAILS

Mass for Young Adults (19 Sept)
Monthly at St Peters and Pauls, South Melbourne. DETAILS

Ignite 2018: Empty (Brisbane 27-30 Sept)
Ignite Conference is a national Catholic youth conference held annually. Every year it draws 1500+ adults, students, kids, ministry leaders, teachers, priests and religious. DETAILS

Vinnies Youth Retreat (5-7 Oct)
The ‘Work of Love’ retreat will provide an opportunity for Young Vincentians to meet other Young Vincentians. Open to all. DETAILS

After more AOY events - see our calendar HERE
World Youth Day anthem has an Aussie flavour
Extract from CathNews, The Tablet, 6 July 2018
Australian priest Fr Rob Galea has recorded the official English-language version of the theme song for next year's World Youth Day in Panama. Source: The Tablet.
The song, Here I am, Servant of the Lord,  was translated from the original Spanish version and is sung by Fr Galea, whose journey from troubled teen to Catholic priest has become part of his distinctive evangelisation style. Also singing on the video are Australian singers, Natasha and Gary Pinto.   The anthem opens: “As your pilgrim people we are gathered here today, from every continent and city, longing to be true servants of the Lord, proclaiming your word to every nation. Teach us to say Yes, as Mary did that day, that your will be done as in heaven.”     Fr Galea’s video shows scenes of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as well as Pope Francis at previous World Youth Days....(more) Photo: CathNews 
 'Get off the couch and say yes to God'
Extract from CathNews, 8 December 2017
Almost 20,000 young people were urged to set the world on fire with their faith as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival got underway in Sydney yesterday, the ACBC Media Blog reports.   The festival began at Qudos Bank Arena at Olympic Park with a Welcome to Country, followed by Canadian Catholic music star Matt Maher blasting the stage in praise of Jesus, and Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s opening address.   Archbishop Fisher, the Bishops’ Delegate for Youth, challenged the young people present to follow the example of Mary and “Say Yes” to the plans God has for their lives and he reminded them of Pope Francis’ call for young people not to live as couch potatoes.   “Get up off the couch and you’ll be able to see further as well as do more,” he said.   “And that new horizon that is opened up will be a source of joy for you and for others. Say a Marian YES, an in-God-I-trust YES, a with-all-my-heart YES, a for-today-and-always YES to God and see what he can do with you.”   Speaking at a press conference afterwards, Archbishop Fisher said he was enlivened by the faith of the young people on display during the festival opening.  “The young people were on fire with faith from the very beginning. Right from the start, you sensed the Holy Spirit among them, their love for the Church, and their hopes,” he said....(more)  Photo: CathNews, Sydney Archdiocese/ACBC    Youth Sydney Dec 2017 Syd Archdiocese ACBC
Australian Catholic Youth festival kicks off at Sydney’s Olympic Park
Extract from Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, Melbourne Catholic, Thursday 7 December 2017
Tens of thousands of young Catholics have descended on Sydney Olympic Park, kicking off three action-packed days with some of the world's best known Catholic speakers and musical artists.       The Australian Catholic Youth Festival has already attracted national media attention, with Australia's youngest bishop, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers of Sydney speaking to the Nine Network about the effect of the festival on the city.    Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP welcomed the nation's youth to Sydney this morning at the first plenary session, where an estimated 19,000 young people gathered for a morning of inspirational talks and live musical performance....(more)
Disappointing response to Vatican's unprecedented youth survey
The online questionnaire in preparation for the Synod of Bishops' assembly on young people in October 2018 has received fewer responses than expected.      Limited Extract from Gauthier Vaillant, subscription journal La Croix International, 26 October 2017
More than 4 months ago the Vatican posted an online international poll for people 16-29 years of age. It was part of preparations for the Synod of Bishops' ordinary assembly, which is focusing on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment" and is to take place in Rome in October 2018.           The direct consultation was unprecedented for the Vatican. It was meant to take place in parallel with the contributions from bishops' conferences from each country around the world.....(source)
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After 6 years the Ivanhoe Parish Youth Group went into 'Indefinite Hibernation' in September 2011.  

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there's much happening  for youth!


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)
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Hear/see Mishika Perera, a young person  from Neighbouring Parish St Kevin's Templestowe share her personal experience of World Youth Day

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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)



See Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe Past Young Peoples' Group events here