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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:26

Year of Youth #8 - Final Update

 YOY 7

It’s hard to believe but our Year of Youth team have now finished all our ministry and have headed home to resume ‘normal life’ again!

The final month of our time in Port Pirie was especially blessed as we started to see the fruits of our ministry, with many youth leaders formed and ready for action and many relationships built with youth and youth leaders across this massive Diocese.

In Whyalla we finished our Going Deeper course with the parish and had our final days at Samaritan College running retreats for Year 7-10 students and a whole school rally.  The team were also involved in training new leaders for the youth group.

Highlights from our final two weeks in the Riverland included seeing the launch of Joey’s Club (a youth group based at St Joseph’s, Barmera), dressing up as our favourite saints for All Saints Day and presenting a special saints-themed drama for all students at Our Lady of the River School in Berri, running training sessions with youth leaders, two parish retreats and a fun young adults outing to a picturesque brewery in an old woolshed.

In Port Pirie we were really pleased to assist student leaders in running a highly successful lunchtime youth group and lead the parish in a retreat evening. 

Our final week in Port Augusta included hosting lunchtime fun activities at Caritas College, visiting the local soccer games, leading a women’s reflection morning, having fun at our Ultimate Games Night and a quick trip to Quorn to say hi to Fr Jimmy and some parishioners.

In Port Lincoln the team ran a Year 8 retreat and parish retreat night and headed to nearby Cleve for two days of retreats – one for parishioners and one for youth. 

Our time in the Diocese concluded with a Youth Festival held in Port Pirie, which was attended by about 20 young people from across the Diocese and included fun and games, a youth rally and sleepover at St Mark’s College and then a final Mass and BBQ at the Cathedral.  We were delighted to join many of our young Port Pirie friends, as well as Bishop Greg and priests of the Diocese, who have journeyed with us over the past 3 months – it was a really special way to end our time in the Diocese.

The team then travelled back to the east coast, for some transition formation as well as resting, relaxing and celebrating our year together. 

We feel incredibly grateful to God for the amazing year that has been, for the people we have encountered, for the ministries that have begun and been supported through the work of our team, for all those who have been praying for us and for all the ways God has provided for us and kept us safe on the road.  It’s been a privilege to minister in this way and see the Church alive in so many places around Australia.  May God continue to bless the youth of the three dioceses we have visited and across our whole country!