THREE Brisbane deaneries are marking the first anniversary of Sydney’s World Youth Day 2008.
Central and North West deaneries will hold separate events on July 18 while Brisbane South is aiming for July 19.
Central Deanery youth ministry co-ordinator Melissa Baker said the “revive” theme chosen will “provide a chance for young people to connect with God and others”.
“Revive will be a great opportunity for people who went to World Youth Day to reconnect with what they might have experienced last year and to reunite with the groups that they travelled with,” she said.
“During Revive we will be looking forward, acknowledging the success of World Youth Day but moving past that and asking, ‘What now?'”
Melissa also hopes to highlight how “living as a Catholic can be an exciting adventure”.
“We’re encouraging people to bring friends to the rally who might have been a little curious about World Youth Day and want to find out what all the fuss was about,” she said.
“With dynamic speakers, live music and loads more, Revive will be a non-threatening, youth-focused celebration that is not to be missed.”
The Central Deanery event will be held at Holy Spirit Hall, New Farm, from 7-9pm.
North West Deanery’s get-together will kick off at 2pm in All Saints’ parish, Albany Creek, and continue into the evening of July 18.
Youth ministry co-ordinator for the area Vien Toohey said “the journey” theme would encompass the pilgrim’s journey but also the pathway of faith for all.
“It will be a mixture of World Youth Day and where we are now in terms of our personal faith journey … an experience for everyone, not just pilgrims,” she said.
The deanery is preparing a similar format to the Stations of the Cross. “We will have stations but of our journey from before World Youth Day to now, with different speakers at each station,” Vien said.
That journey will be followed by catechesis input from Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan of Brisbane and a youth Mass at 6pm.
Brisbane South will offer a “mini retreat” experience themed “Relive the Spirit” on the afternoon of July 19 finishing up with the 6pm youth Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank.
The event is billed as an opportunity for pilgrims and all young people to reflect on the past 12 months, and Oxenford parish priest (and former Sunnybank associate pastor) Fr Adrian Sharp will talk about “Jesus in your everyday life”.
Later, others will speak on “Being a Christian Woman” and “Being Men of God”. There will be a chance to join in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Penance.
For more information on this event contact Brisbane South youth ministry co-ordinator Kristen Roe on 0429 777 960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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