Catholic Youth Parramatta

‘Without Christ I am Nothing’


Youth & young adults from all parishes gather at the Diocesan Youth Camp
Youth & young adults from all parishes gather at the Diocesan Youth Camp

By Trevor Tye

In stark contrast to the rain that fell, the Diocese of Parramatta Youth and Young Adults Camp, held at Naamaroo United Venues at Chatswood from the 25-27 November 2011 was anything but gloomy, with great moments, laughs and a sharing of Christ with 65 other youth and young adults.

It’s no surprise there was such joy when you have an opening speaker like Fr. Andrew Keswick, who is so alive in his faith and had everyone laughing at his impersonations and inspired us as he taught us how we can live Christ in our lives including the need for reason, faith and personal encounter.

Saturday was a mixture of great learning, games and laughs as we mixed two great talks with skits and an impromptu fashion parade. 

Dean of the Cathedral, Fr. Wim Hoekstra explained how the Bible can help us in our faith, while Paul Elarde talked about valuing our sexuality and the importance of marriage. Each talk made us think about our lives in Christ and provided some great discussion over meals.

The skits were laughs a plenty as stories of the Bible were brought to the modern world with performances that could have been worthy of an Oscar (or at least a Logie).

For all that happened during the day though, the highlight was a chance to spend time with Christ in Adoration and Confession- an amazing experience that moved everyone in some way.

Despite another early start to Sunday morning, most were in good spirits and those who felt sleepy were quickly woken up as 24 year old, Fr. Greg Morgan had us all in awe, talking about bringing Christ in our everyday living and also shared how he became a Priest.

Sunday also provided two other special moments. One, was a real reality check when using rocks Fr Suresh Kumar msfs, taught us about how nothing is ours, only God’s and the other special moment, was of course having Mass with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP.

To celebrate Mass with a Bishop is a great experience, but when he loves you as much as our ‘Bish Fish’ does it makes it more special- we were all very inspired by his words to live Christ in the world.

Despite the rain, sleep deprivation and the singing of our theme song at least 20 times, we even had it in our skits, CYP Camp 2011 brought many memories and joyous moments that made me realise that “Without Christ, I am nothing”.

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