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Dear CYBBies,

Welcome to 2019 and a very Happy New Year!!! We pray that this year brings countless blessings and graces to you and your loved ones. 

On the 16th of January 65 of our CYBB pilgrims will journey to Panama for World Youth Day. We will be spending a couple of days in Mexico city visiting the Ancient Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the metropolitan Cathedral and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The week long WYD celebrations will follow in Panama from the 22-27 January with masses, catechists, vocations expo, youth festival programs, Papal welcome, way of the cross, sleepover and the final mass with the Pope. Stay connected with all the excitement on social media and come together as a local community to celebrate World Youth Day. Please pray for safe travels and that the Lord will guide and direct the hearts of our pilgrims. We will be sure to keep you in our prayer. 

Coinciding with a year of discernment for the Plenary 2020, this year will be a year of listening and inviting the Spirit to work in the lives of young people across the diocese. We invite you to our training days, praisefests, twilight talks and the Spirit retreat lined up for this year.

Missing out on WYD? don't fret!!! ACYF is in Perth this year and we will all be going!!! We look forward to journeying with you in December 2019!


Krishmalie & the CYBB Team

world youth day updates.
Celebrate World Youth Day locally!

Missing out on World Youth day Panama? Stay up to date with all that's happening between the 22-27 January 2019 through the official Panamanian WYD website and through Salt + light media. Why not come together with your youth group carry out some of these these activities listed in the local celebrations kit.


upcoming CYBB events.
CYBB Training Days

CYBB Training Days are an opportunity to gather young people and youth leaders interested and involved in local ministry to network and learn from other local leaders, as well as receive essential spiritual and practical formation. These days are for all present and potential leaders in parish ministry.

Join us for the first CYBB Training Day of the year for formation and training, to brainstorm with other youth ministers, get more ideas or get help on planning and organizing your program for the year ahead!

Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019
Where: The Light of Christ Centre, 23 Yardly Ave, Waitara
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Praisefest WYD Reunion

We reunite after a fruitful and exciting journey through Mexico and Panama for World Youth day and share our stories and testimonies with young people from across the Diocese that couldn’t join us at PRAISEFEST WYD Reunion! An evening of energetic and contemporary worship, Scripture, preaching and Adoration to prepare our hearts and minds for Lent. Get a chance to catch up with friends while enjoying our event Festival and receive spiritual nourishment through an inspiring and relevant message.
Date: Friday 22 March 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: TBC

parish events.
Conversation Circles Word: Acclaim Chatswood

A book club discussion with dinner provided
Topic: C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity

Date: Every Tuesday starting from:
Tuesday - 12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb and 5 March

Time: 7pm - 9pm (dinner provided 6:30pm)
Location: Our Lady Of Dolours, Chatswood Parish Meeting room
Facilitator: Hamish Lavery
Event page: 

Contact: Adrian (0414826326)
if you want to know more detail about this event contact Adrian

Antioch Outreach

The Catholic Parish of Epping and Carlingford’s Antioch Community is having its annual weekend retreat! Anyone in year 10 to age 22 is invited to come along.

Date: Friday 8 February to Sunday 10th February
Time: Friday 7pm – Sunday 9:30pm
Venue: Parish Grounds at St Gerard’s, 543 North Rocks Road, Carlingford
Cost: $50 including food and accommodation

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Youth Minister, Joanna Mak on 0423 717 550 or email
national events.
ACYF 2019 - Save the dates! Start saving up!

Save the date and build momentum to gather young people from your parish, schools and local community to take part in Australia's largest Catholic gathering for young people. ACYF is an opportunity for Youth to encounter God through inspiring talks, workshops, dialogue, music, prayer and worship and experience the richness of the presence of young people that give witness to their faith. 

Theme: Listen to what the Spirit is saying (Rev 2:7)
Date: Sunday 8 - Tuesday 10 December 2019
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

diocesan events & initiatives.
Alpha in the Catholic Context: Team Training

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith in
a friendly, open and informal environment.

Alpha team training aims to develop teams with the skills to successfully run Alpha in local parishes. Training will include what Alpha is, small group facilitation, how to sustain small group enthusiasm and how to run the Alpha weekend/day retreat. Tips on marketing and promotion and forming an Alpha team are covered.

Presented by Lorraine McCarthy,
Alpha in a Catholic Context Coordinator
in Australia.

Alpha Team Training Day
Date: Saturday 16 February 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Alpha “Come and See” with Meal, Video & Discussion (optional)
 6:15pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Caroline Chisholm Centre
                Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Rd
                Pennant Hills

RSVP and Enquiries
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Tania Rimac 8379 1629
Saturday with Katie Fertility Awareness Education 

Education with Fertility Care
  • For engaged couples
  • Single women
  • Married couples
  • Those wanting to know more about natural fertility
  • sessions are free
2019 Planner 

Dates: 2 March, 2 May, 6 July, 7 September, 2 November
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Level 8, Caroline Chisholm Centre, Bldg 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills

Bookings are appreciated 
Contact: Katie Fullilove - Fertilitycare Practitioner
              0413997 861
The Light is on for you

The Light is on for you is back for a second consecutive year during Lent. Parishes across the diocese will have their Church doors open on Fridays during Lent for quiet time and prayer with the Sacrament of Reconciliation made available. 

Dates: Fridays 8, 15, 22, 29 March, 5, 12 April 
Time: 7.00 - 8.00pm

Please check participation parishes in your local area. 

For more information visit:
Lenten Resource: Discerning the way of Jesus

Why not come together with your youth group to benefit from this wonderful resource made available by our faith formation team. 'Discerning the way of Jesus' is based on the practice of Lectio Devina. It provides you with reflections, a step by step guide to Lectio and give weekly reflection questions that will assist you in a transformative experience to encounter Christ' love for you this lent. The process will assist you to discern and rediscover your calling to be a disciple of Jesus. 
Booklet & Audio CD: $5 each
To order:
or Tania Rimac 8379 1629

The theme of World Youth Day 2019 "Here I am the Servant of the Lord". Have a listen and dare to say yes to the Lord as Mary did.  
The final document on the Synod of Bishops is now available in English. Have a read
Watch Pope Francis' video message to young people for World Youth Day Panama. In light of Mary's response to God, we too are called to listen and respond to God's call for us to place him at the center of our lives and be a channel of God's love by serving others. 
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