What an incredible start to the year we have had. Our first official gathering for 2017 was held at the end of January - CYBB Training day, where 35 people from 15 parishes across the Diocese participated. It was a highly interactive day where the CYBB team shared the vision for Youth Ministry in Broken Bay, in light of the national vision Anointed and Sent, as well as the plans for the next few years. The collective wisdom of the group was then expressed in a number of workshop sessions where we developed sample youth night runsheets and Year of Youth ideas. If you'd like to get a copy of the resources shared on the day, click the link below.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night at our first Twilight Talks of the year with our Vicar General, Fr David Ranson.
Join us at our first Twilight Talks for 2017. This year we will be trying out a few new venues across the Diocese with our first at the Bees Knees Cafe in Hornsby.
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 at the Cafe. Have a look at their menu by clicking here
Theme: Weak Made Strong Guest Speaker: Fr David Ranson Where: Bee’s Knees Café, 14 Coronation Street, Hornsby When: 6:30-9:00pm, Wednesday 8 February
Join young people from across the Diocese at our first PRAISEFEST of the year! Get a chance to catch up with friends while enjoying our pre event Festival, encounter God through vibrant & honest worship, and receive spiritual nourishment through an inspiring and relevant message on “Packing for the Desert.” Dinner will be provided from 6:00pm before our night begins
Theme: Packing for the Desert Host: Tuggerah Lakes Deanery Where: St Peter's Catholic College, When: 6:00-9:00pm, Friday 24 February
You are invited join our gathering for an hour of adoration, reflection, prayer of the Church and music. First Friday of the Month from February to November.
When: 7.00 - 8.00pm, Friday 3 March Where: St Agatha's Parish, 17 Trebor Road, Pennant Hills
Samuel Group - Discernment Program
Samuel Group is a discernment group for young adults, ages 18-35, who meet together once a month in order to pray and discover their individual vocations or lifetime call from God. The purpose of the program is to equip young adults with the tools they need to approach vocational discernment with peace, joy and confidence. Participants will learn how to make decisions according to God's will through prayer and spiritual guidance. Last Wednesday of the Month, dinner provided.
When: 7.00 - 9.00pm, Wednesday 22 February Where: St Agatha's Parish, 17 Trebor Road, Pennant Hills RSVP: Sr. Margaret - firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Catholic Youth & Youth Ministry Research Seminar
A two day seminar is an initiative of of the ACBC Office for Youth, to inform ongoing youth evangelisation. The seminar 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.
When: Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March Where: Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne Cost: Full conference, $195, Friday only $130, Saturday only $80 Registrations:www.trybooking.com/205683
Light to the Nations Easter Youth Pilgrimage Light to the Nations (LTTN) is an Easter Youth Pilgrimage event held biannually for Catholics ages 16+. Camp under the open skies with a thousand other young people and celebrate the Easter Triduum 2017! When: 13 - 16 April Where: Chevalier College, Bowral
Visit www.lttn.org.au for more information and registrations. Contact email@example.com.
LTTN is a work of the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community.
Divine Retreat Centre - Youth Retreat This retreat will give everyone opportunities to hear from God in Amazing worship experiences, and help us to realise God's greater destiny in our lives.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival The Festival website has been launched with lots of exciting information available! www.youthfestival.catholic.org.au
CYBB is developing resources, structures and packages to support you to join in on all the fun so keep an eye out for more information as it comes to hand.
What can I do right now?
Block out the dates 7-9 December, take time off work. Make sure you have the time for ACYF 2017
Let your community leaders know you want to go
Rally your friends - don't let them miss out on this opportunity
read. During the next few weeks, the 'Catholic Wrap Up' will take place at the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Bishop Peter has written to the people of Broken Bay to reflect upon what is likely to discussed during this time. It is a hard time for many people, particularly victims and their families. Take time to read his message here.
watch. We have a date for WYD! Why January? watch the video here to find out!
p.s - Panama is in the Northern Hemisphere!