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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 07:00

Zooming in on Catholic Youth

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I think the silver lining to the cloud of COVID-19 could very well contain traces of technology. Thanks to platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Skype, Facetime etc, we’ve been able to connect with each other online as I don’t think has happened in previous global pandemics.

 In my role with Catholic Youth Parramatta, I’ve grown used to largely event-based means of leading young people closer to Jesus and into the life of the Church. Despite our plans, this year we’ve only held one large-scale concert, way back in February. Our usual practice of gathering youth together in large numbers for concerts, pilgrimages, Masses, school events, prayer nights and retreats has had to give way to more remote means of delivering prayer encounters, spiritual formation and networking opportunities for youth and young adults all around our diocese.

 While many of us can’t wait to return to face-to-face ministry, there have been some unforeseen blessings to this time – there always is with God! Thanks largely to Zoom, young people that had not been able to physically attend our events have been able to now — in the comfort of their own homes, without having to travel and sometimes while finishing off their dinner. With weekly and fortnightly Zoom meetings, parish youth leaders who have previously felt isolated have got to know each other at a deeper level, supporting each other in ministry and sharing how their communities have coped with COVID restrictions. The lesson? Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean spiritual distancing!

Rosie Drum