PLANNING ahead in South Coast Deanery is a growing trend.
More than 30 youth and young adults gathered on October 11 for a post-World Youth Day training opportunity to celebrate the past and plan for the future.
Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth and Children’s Ministry Team member Paul Blom described the event as “great” and “well received”.
“We were contacted by all of the parishes in the South Coast Deanery after World Youth Day,” he said.
“They all wanted us to come out to provide some training so we decided to offer it on a deanery level.”
He and colleague Malcolm Hart addressed participants on the topics of establishing a youth ministry team, developing a sense of community, providing leadership, praying with young people, planning programs and the legalities of working with youth.
“It was good to see every parish from across the deanery represented,” Paul said.
“They wanted to answer the questions, ‘Where to from here?’ and ‘How do we keep the enthusiasm going post-World Youth Day?'”
While some were focusing on WYD in Madrid in 2011, others offered ideas on a parish and deanery level.
“They are considering things like more youth rallies, proper catechesis with one of the bishops and big events from a deanery perspective,” Paul said.
The Catholic Leader is an Australian award-winning Catholic newspaper that has been published by the Archdiocese of Brisbane since 1929. Our journalism seeks to provide a full, accurate and balanced Catholic perspective of local, national and international news while upholding the dignity of the human person.
The Catholic Leader acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples of this country and especially acknowledge the traditional owners on whose lands we live and work throughout the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.