Catholic Youth Parramatta News
First youth breakfast with Bishop Anthony
|Bishop Anthony Fisher OP.|
St Patrick’s Cathedral hall in Parramatta was the setting for a memorable event on 21 August 2010 with 140 young people from across the Diocese having breakfast and a chat with their shepherd Bishop Anthony Fisher OP.
The Youth Leadership Breakfasts have been happening for several years, but this morning with Bishop Anthony will remain in the memory of the young people. It was a significant day also as it was the day of the federal election.
The program began with meeting and greeting, which was a good opportunity to get to know people from across the Diocese. The Diocesan Youth Director, Fr Suresh Kumar MSFS, welcomed everyone before Bishop Anthony said Grace and a delicious hot breakfast was served by Amadeus caterers.
The young people from Holy Family Parish, Emerton added beauty by their melodious singing – this was their first performance at a diocesan event.
A video of Bishop Anthony’s invitation to join the pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid was shown to the young people (watch the Bishop’s message at www.parra.catholic.org.au/youth).
The topic of Bishop Anthony’s address was “World Youth Day, Sydney to World Youth Day, Madrid.” His deep insights mingled with an engaging PowerPoint presentation helped to recall the greatest youth event in Australia’s history, inspiring the young people to join him on the pilgrimage to Madrid.
His speech covered some of the statistics from a survey by the Australian Catholic University conducted before, during and after WYD08. It was an eye opener to see how much influence WYD has had on the young people. The Bishop invited the young people of the Diocese to work together to realise the dream of taking 500 pilgrims to WYD 2011.
New name, new logo
Bishop Anthony announced the new name of the diocesan youth office – Catholic Youth Parramatta – and presented the logo designed by Timothy Wong.
The Bishop introduced Fr Suresh, who explained the symbolism of the logo’s design.
The logo reflects the nature of the Diocese of Parramatta with its geographical and spiritual aspects.
There was a Q and A session with Bishop Anthony and the opportunity for a photo session with him after the event in the Cathedral’s cloister.
Road to Emmaus Youth Camp
By Gordon D’Mello
A diocesan camp for youth and young adults was held at Galston Gorge Conference Centre from 16-18 July 2010. A total of 85 people registered for the camp, which was organised by Catholic Youth Parramatta, formerly the Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Apostolate.
The MCs, Michael Dela Cruz and Adriana Lucija, began the program with a comedic sketch featuring Adrian Falleiro, which conveyed the theme for the camp about how we turn our backs on God. Carolyn D’Mello from St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith, then led us into a session about our own life journey – our own ‘Road to Emmaus’.
We then formed into community groups, which allowed us to associate with other young people around the Diocese. Group posters were created, as was a ‘code’ that would engage everyone over the weekend.
Musical masterminds Oasis youth group from Blacktown Parish began a late night musical fiesta by introducing us to the theme song for the camp via the melody Sunrise to Sunset. The first night finished with a bonfire.
On Saturday, Nicole Falleiro and yours truly from Penrith Parish opened up the themes of being ‘Blind to the Presence’ and ‘The Invitation’ for discussion. This was a time for us to think about where we, personally, had turned our back on God and how we could invite Him and others into our lives.
This was followed by a talk from Daniel Ang on Scripture and ways in which we could be ‘Called to Listen’.
Before dinner, Diocesan Youth Director Fr Suresh led a special Reconciliation and Holy Mass, which gave all of us to take a moment to reflect on God.
Afterwards, the community groups performed a Bible verse using a specific theme. The categories ranged from a soap opera to a British comedy to a Shakespearean play. Ultimately, it was the boys and girls from Galilee who after wowed the audience with a Bollywood dance to the story of Moses and the Red Sea. They defeated the Ephesians in an epic dance-off.
Saturday finished with an inspirational praise and worship session with music by Oasis.
Sunday began with Fr Warren Edwards speaking to us about the Eucharist and appreciating the meaning of such a divine sacrament. Sr Suresh joined Fr Warren for a concelebrated Mass.
The entire group then came together for the commissioning ceremony. Details were shared with one final goodbye via the wonderful theme song.
Prayer for our Lives and Purpose
A new gathering every 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm.Adoration – Inspiration – a shared life story
with youth/young adults and others
Share a café meal with others at 8pm or go on your way
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Marist Place, Parramatta
Starts Thursday 2 September @ 7pm
For more information contact:
Fr Paul Roberts – Vocation Director 0419 219 819
Fr Suresh – Diocesan Youth Director 02 8838 3419Annabelle – Catholic Youth Parramatta 02 8838 3418
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