Kath Spencer, AOY
This past weekend saw 50 new youth ministers from 22 parishes, schools and community groups come together to spend a weekend building and planning for new youth ministry. The Archdiocesan Office for Youth hosts an annual camp designed for those who are new to youth ministry to teach practical planning skills and to give guidance on how to build a Christ-centered leadership team.
We were not only blessed with beautiful weather at Don Bosco Camp site in Safety Beach, but we were also blessed with some of the most wonderful speakers, sharing wisdom and knowledge with the group. On Friday night Sister Kathryn Kingsley from the MGL sisters led the group through concepts of love, journaling and prayer: “If we know the love of God, we can speak that truth to others.” Saturday morning saw our camp joined by Fr Michael Gallacher of St Roch’s in Glen Iris, who shared with us the idea of “connection, proclamation and invitation” to bring young people to youth ministry and Christ. Afterwards, Fr Nicholas Pearce from Holy Family, Mount Waverley spoke about the youth ministry vision “Anointed and Sent” and the practical application of it in a parish setting. It was a talk full of helpful and challenging ideas.
We celebrated Mass on Saturday with Bishop Mark Edwards OMI followed by a free afternoon for participants and an evening of Adoration and the opportunity for reconciliation. Sunday morning’s session was spent on a lot of practical youth ministry planning and direction before we finished with a Commissioning Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Fr Dishan Candappa and Fr Anil Mascarenhas. It was an amazing weekend together full of changeling and rewarding talks. The AOY is so thankful for the participation of all the youth ministers as well as our guests over the weekend.