Youth Ministry

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Youth Ministry is an essential part of our parish. Joanna Mak, our Youth Ministry Coordinator organises various activities for youth and young adults. There are 3 youth groups that our parish runs: Cana (year 6-9), Antioch (year 10-23 year old) and Emmaus Young Adults (23-30 year old). 

Antioch (year 10-23years old)

Antioch is a group for young people, run by young people, from Year 10 upwards to 23 years old. The group meets every Sunday from 6-8pm at St Gerard's Parish Meeting Room, with monthly game/social nights. Our meetings consist of a range of activities including music, talks, share groups, prayer, games and food.

Antioch has a strong focus on social justice. Antioch assists 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, supporting the Angel tree program, hosting a yearly trivia night, sponsoring a child and much more.

Antioch takes its name from the place of one of the first known Christian communities in Acts 11:26 "It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians". We have existed since 1983 and keeping strong! 
Join our Antioch group on Facebook to catch up on our latest news and meet others!

Antioch will meet on these dates for term 2.

19th May, 26th May, 2nd June, 9th June, 16th June, 23rd June, 30th June and 7th July. 

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Cana (year 6-9)

Our junior youth group is named Cana and serves school children between Years 6 to 9. This group has activities each Friday night during the school term 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. Every term, Cana will have a fun activity such as an Easter Egg Hunt, movie and pizza nights, bonfire evenings, waterfights, painting or going out for laser tag/iceskating or an excursion. 

Cana will meet on the following dates from 7:30-9pm!

17th May, 24th May, 31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 21st June, 28th June and 5th July.

Cana is named after the place where Jesus performed his first miracle in John 2:11: “The first of these miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana.” 

Emmaus Young Adults (23-30year old)

This young adults group is for young professionals to meet and form a community while helping ongoing formation and faith.

We meet once a fortnight on Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm at St Gerard’s Meeting room (543 North Rocks Rd, Carlingford) as well as social activities/hikes. Our Emmaus meetings have 'talk nights, formation nights and community nights'. On the community nights, we order dinner or have pot luck and have games/board games. From 30th April-2nd July, Emmaus will join the parish for a faith series called Metanoia. Free dinner at 7pm, followed by a Metanoia video and share groups. 

Emmaus was the name chosen for this group and appears in Luke 24:13 "On that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem." The road to Emmaus is where Jesus first appeared to two of his disciples after his resurrection.

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Joanna can be contacted via her mobile 0404 710 588 or email