Youth Ministry is seen as an important part of our two communities. We employ a Youth Ministry Co-ordinator who organises various activities for young people and young adults, ranging from on-going groups through to one-off activities. Each week the parish bulletin has a section with details of the forthcoming activities.
The youth minister/s can be contacted via their mobile phones or their direct email address, both of which will be found on the Parish Staff Contact Link
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Antioch is a group based in the Carlingford community, but serving both communities. It is for young people, run by young people, from Year 10 upwards to 24 years old. The group meets on the 1st-3rd Sundays from 6-8pm at St Gerard's Parish Meeting Room. On the 4th Sunday of the month, Antioch meets from 7-9pm at the Epping Parish Meeting Room, with dinner (pizza) at the start. Antioch aims to give young Catholics a support community, and a chance to develop their faith with friends in a parish setting. The normal introduction is through one of the two-weekend experiences held each year, but anyone is welcome to join in one of the regular meetings. Our usual meetings consist of a range of activities including music, talks, share groups, prayer, games and food.
Antioch takes its name from the place of one of the first known Christian communities: "It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians" (Acts 11:26).
Antioch is greatly involved within Parish life with the youth assisting in various events throughout the year including: re-enacting the Stations of the Cross for Good Friday, providing regular music for Mass and in particular for Christmas Eve and Holy Thursday, singing Christmas carols at a nursing home, supporting the Angel tree program, sponsoring a child and much more.
If you would like further information, please contact the parent couple via the Parish Office.
“Cana” Youth Group
Our two communities currently operate a junior youth group named “Cana” and serves school children between Years 7 to 9. This group has activities each Friday evening during the school terms from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Carlingford Parish Hall. This is a great opportunity for children to gather together, have fun and grow deeper in their faith and strengthen friendships in a welcoming and safe environment.
Cana is named after the place where Jesus performed his first miracle in the Gospel of John: “The first of these miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana” (John 2:11)
Further information about the activities is advertised in the Youth Pages in the Parish Bulletin
If you know of a young person who would be interested in coming along or if you would like to assist as a young adult leader (aged 16 to 30), please contact the Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator or the Parish Office.
Images from Taize night.