YEAR OF YOUTH

 

The Australian Catholic Bishops have dedicated the liturgical year of 2018 as a NATIONAL YEAR OF YOUTH.

The Year of Youth invites the Church to engage the life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society.  It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.

The year has several aims, including prayerfully discerning the Australian Bishops vision for ministry with young people, 'Anointed and Sent'; authentic and personal engagement by Church leaders in the challenges and success in your young people's lives; acknowledging the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of young people, and young people acting upon the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church, and upholding the dignity of young people ensuring a safe environment from physical, emotional and spiritual harm.

The Year of Youth also reminds us that young people must be at the centre of any renewal strategy for the Church.  We must work in partnership with young people's passion and energy to assist us to become more fully alive as the body of Christ.

 

In our preparation for and participation in the Year of Youth, the Australian Bishops have committed to the following priorities.

Being present to young people in a variety of contexts to listen, pray and work together to address youth injustices;

Nurture the spiritual, emotional and physial wellbeing of young people;

Accompany young people as they discern their vocation and place in the world;

 Call upon the gifts of all generation of the Catholic faith community so that young and old may be inspired and fulfill God's potential on this journey together.

 

The Australian Bishops have entrusted the Year of Youth in 2018 to the guidance of the Holy Spirit of this great Southland, and to draw inspiration from St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

 

Fr. Pat Mara MSC - Chair of the Diocesan Youth Council