Year of Youth

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The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3rd December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.

The Year of Youth invites the Church into prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.

Year of Youth Aims

  • prayerfully discern the Australian Bishops vision for ministry with young people, Anointed and Sent
  • authentic and personal engagement by Church leaders in the challenges and success in young people’s lives
  • acknowledging the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of young people, and young people acting upon the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church;
  • upholding the dignity of young people, ensuring a safe environment from physical, emotional and spiritual harm

The aims for the Year of Youth dovetail together with the goals of Anointed and Sent: an Australian vision for catholic youth ministry provide a rich framework and challenges local faith communities to explore new horizons as they accompany young people into maturity.

Year of Youth - Youth Discipleship Awards

To celebrate the successes and growth that has occurred during the Year of Youth, we invite all people, but in particular young people and those who minister to them, to join us for an End of the Year Of Youth. As part of the celebrations that evening, we will also be acknowledging young people who have shown themselves to be witnesses of missionary discipleship. With this in mind we invite you to read the attached document that outline the concept and nomination process for the first ever, CYBB Youth Discipleship Awards.

Download Youth Discipleship Awards document
Download Poster

Date: Saturday 24 November 2018
Time: 5:00pm Mass – 9:00pm
Venue: Our Lady of The Rosary, Hornsby Cathedral Parish, 23 Yardley Avenue, Waitara

An online nomination form is also available here:

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