St Catherine of Siena Youth
Youth sessions and gatherings are every month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday 6:00-7:30pm at Catholic Regional College Hall
We'd love to see you there!
WHAT'S ON IN AUGUST 2019
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11th and 25th August 6:00-7:30pm in Catholic Regional College Hall
ACYF Fundraiser BBQ
Sunday 25th August after the 9am and 10:30am mass at church
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2019 August News Press
Closer look: St Catherine of Siena Youth
Our invitation from us to you
Welcome to the first ever news edition of our youth group! St Catherine of Siena Youth group sessions are run by a team of youth leaders from St Catherine of Siena Parish who range in their late teens and 20s, Nicki Edward, Joanne Monsales, Shannon Rosario, Denshiya Shelton, Kate Vukoja and Pamela Soto. They've all taken on leadership roles on the sidelines while hustling in different stages of their lives.
We all started out in St Catherine Siena youth group which was formed in 2015. While some of us leaders are in university or starting out in our careers, we look forward to lending our advice and welcoming current and new youth in their early teens to late twenties. We run every second and fourth Sunday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm.
We hope to generate discussions on topics that are important to our faith, life and social wellbeing all while on a friendly, supportive and growing platform designed for youth. Each year we grow in newcomers from all different backgrounds. It's always rewarding to see day one of youth sessions turn into a free space of Sunday night haven and hangout that aspires to connect and deliver content . As leaders we hope the youth can leave with a take-home message that aims to bring meaning to the decisions we wake up with every morning.
Everyday in life is different which is why no youth group session is the same. We plan our sessions based on themes that are relevant and sometimes invite special guest speakers. We love to mix it up with light-hearted games while maintaining and valuing prayer and God's message as our core foundation.
Every 2nd Sunday of every month we also have a youth choir during the 10:30am mass which goes back to our first youth mass that started in 2008. Though we're not professional singers by any means, all singing in the shower voices are welcome. Even if you would like to give it a go or join us we would love to have you on board. You can look out for us right by the piano area for 10:30am mass. Currently we are looking for anyone who knows how to play an instrument. If you or someone you know plays an instrument please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!
In June 2019, we started up a new goal this year to raise funds to help send some of our youth to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival which takes place in Perth from 8th-10th December 2019. ACYF is the largest national gathering of Catholic youth in Australia and exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus. More information can found on the ACYF website.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help send our St Catherine of Siena youth pilgrims to experience ACYF in 2019. Two of our youth leaders Nicki Edward and Shannon Rosario attended ACYF in 2017 and recently shared their testimonies during the mass in August. If each family donated $20 it would help us get closer to our goal. If you or someone you know are interested to attend ACYF, please feel free to get in touch with our youth leader Nicki Edwards via email@example.com who is our ACYF Coordinator for St Catherine Siena Youth.
Our first fundraiser started off with a Family Trivia Night for parishioners and families on the 6th of July which helped us raise $892.90. A special thanks to Father Richard, the parishioners and families for their support and kind donations that turned out to be an enjoyable night. We also thank Catholic Regional College for providing the venue, facilities and for their ongoing support with supplying the hall for our fortnightly youth sessions.
In the next coming weeks more fundraisers are in the works. A donation box in the church foyer is available during the weekend masses. Please feel free to keep an eye out for our fundraiser donation meter which will be displayed in the church foyer. Thank you in advance for your support and kind donations.
We also thank the youth who join us at the youth sessions, we enjoy your company and love seeing the youth grow, support and keeping the conversation going. If you're interested to find out more about our youth sessions or becoming a youth leader we'd love to hear from you. You can join us at any of the sessions or send us an email.
Please also feel free to chat to one of our youth leaders if you see us at any of the masses. You can find our profiles on our youth board located in the church foyer. New content, photos and updates about past and future sessions are published on our Instagram and Facebook page. You can also check this website page too.
In the meantime we are closely working towards creating more projects for the youth within our parish and school community and also collaborating closer with the school and other ministries.
If you've made it this far, thank you for reading our first youth article. As always reading about it is just scraping the surface, truly heading down to our youth gatherings is the best way to find out and it's our invitation to you from the faith we share. Our door is always open and we can't to see what we have in store next for our youth and parish community.
From us to you,
SCSYG (St Catherine of Siena Youth Group)