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Dear CYBBies,

The year is officially underway as January is done and dusted already, school is back and are events have already started! You may have noticed that our social media has also started some new things. Stay tuned as we continue our #spreadingjoychallenge and #storiesofjoy throughout the Year of Youth! We may also have a few other ideas up our sleeve but you've just have to wait to find out...

We had our first Training for the year on Saturday where we discussed the topic Engaging Young People in the Liturgical Life of the Church. Kelly and I modeled a simple liturgy that could be run in parishes, and broke open what a liturgy is and how we can get young people involved! Thanks to everyone that came along to workshop ideas for the Year of Youth!

We are extremely excited for Praisefest this Friday night where we will launch CYBB's journey to World Youth Day Panama in 2019. You don't want to miss out on this one because there will be so many amazing things on offer! (Keep an eye on Facebook for a sneak peak of what we have in store for you)

Looking forward to seeing you at our events!

God Bless
Sarah & the CYBB Team

year of youth news.
Manly Freshwater Parish

A HUGE thank you to Manly Freshwater Parish who were the first to host the Year of Youth Cross in its pilgrimage through the Diocese!

After their Australia Day Mass, Fr Paul, Joseph and Andrew constructed the Cross, and the Cross was also present for a Mass that was celebrated with the principals and staff of 4 local schools; St Mary's Primary, St John the Baptist Primary, St Paul's College and Stella Maris College. 

Please keep the community of Manly Freshwater Parish in your prayers as well as North Harbour Parish who will be the next to receive the Cross.
Not sure when your parish will receive and host the Cross? Click here.
upcoming CYBB events.

Praisefest AND World Youth Day 2019 Launch

Building excitement and enthusiasm as we begin our Diocesan journey to WYD 2019 in Panama, the night will include adoration with Bishop Peter, worship led by our Praisefest team followed by a Panamanian themed festival. Don't forget that this is the first Praisefest for the year and is going to be epic so don't miss out and be sure to bring your friends and family to celebrate the beginning of our CYBB journey to WYD!

Where: Our Lady of the Rosary and The Light of Christ Centre, Hornsby Cathedral Parish
When: 6:00-9:00pm, Friday 9 February
Check out and RSVP to our Facebook Event here

Twilight Talks

Join us at our first Twilight Talks for 2018 with discussions about the contemporary dating scene and relationships. Our guest speaker, Simon Carrington, is a strong advocate for chastity, pure dating and Saint Pope John Paul II's Theology of the body. This is an 18+ event which includes music, prayer, table fellowship and of course talking! We invite you to purchase your own food and drinks. 

Theme: Are We Dating Yet? 
Guest Speaker: Simon Carrington, Fire Up Ministries 
Where: Hotel Pennant Hills, 352 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills
When: 6:30-9:00pm, Tuesday 13 February

RSVP via Facebook or email.

other youth events.

Asia-Pacific School of Evangelisation

Looking for new opportunities to serve this year in the Year of Youth? Why not check out the Asia-Pacific School of Evangelisation! 

The five day intensive is a live-in school which will be held in Wollongong from 14th – 18th Feb, 2018 where participants are equipped for the work of evangelisation and youth ministry. Participants come from all around Australia as well as from overseas, participating in lectures and seminars on the new evangelisation, prayer, leadership, skills needed in youth ministry, cross cultural mission training and lots more.

For more details, go to their website.

Australian Catholic University Short Courses

If you are interested in developing your knowledge about young people, particularly if you are a youth leader, minister or coordinator, ACU is offering a four week short course on the topic "From Childhood to Youth". It is a great opportunity to learn more about the theology and research around young people and their place in the Catholic Church. Each week, the topics are:

  • What does it mean to be a child or youth? (21 Feb)
  • How does the church understand children and youth? (28 Feb)
  • Why are children baptised and initiated? (7 Mar)
  • How can the church engage young people? (14 Mar)

Date: 6.00-8.00pm Wednesday 21 Feb, 28 Feb, 7 Mar, 14 Mar
Where: Australian Catholic University, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW
For more information and how to register, visit the website.

Australian Catholic Youth and Youth Ministry Research Seminar

This two-day seminar brings together leading Australian researchers and youth ministers to explore current understandings and research for ongoing youth evangelisation. It will gather researchers, sociologists, theologians, teachers, clergy and youth ministry practitioners from across the country to inform the practice of youth ministry with recent research and analysis.

Date: Friday, March 9th – Saturday, March 10th
Host: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Hosting Diocese: Archdiocese of Brisbane
Hosting Partner: Australian Catholic University
For more information, visit the website.

Salvatorian Vocation Reflection Day

The Year of Youth in Australia brings you new opportunities to learn more about your faith, make new friends and discern your vocation in life! The Salvatorian Fathers invite all young men to come and join us to also learn more about Fr Francis Jordan (Founder of Salvatorians) and the Salvatorian Society!! Hope to see you there!

Who: Males aged 18-35
When: 10.00am-5.00pm, Saturday 24 February
Where: Sacred Heart Church, Pymble

You probably haven't heard of him, but Br Guy Consolmagno is someone to keep in your radar! He is both a scientist, an astronomer infact, AND a Catholic working in the Vatican Observatory! Some of his books include "Would you Baptize an Extraterrestrial?" and "God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion". We are lucky enough that he is coming to visit Broken Bay later in the year, so why not listen to this podcast about him, his journey and his view on the relationship between science and religion!
Do you have a copy of the Broken Bay News? It has a great letter from Bishop Peter about young people and the Year of Youth, but also a whole bunch of other articles and photos of our CYBBies at ACYF last December! Check it out here and see if you can find a photo of you or someone you know!
Hanging with Hilda was such a success at ACYF because, honestly... everyone loves Sr Hilda Scott. But did you know that she now has her own video series that you can watch every Friday night at 9pm! Check out some of the previous episodes or watch the trailer here.
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