FORTY young adults from the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia braved thunder and hail storms on the Sunshine Coast while preparing for youth-to-youth Catholic ministry during the last few weeks.
They were on a five-week training program with NET Ministries and, although nobody was seriously hurt, some did suffer bruising from hailstone hits.
Supervisor Mark Lysaght said the trainees dedicated time to prayer, team development and learning ministry skills.
‘Each team member will gain the ability to communicate their faith in Jesus Christ to the young people of this nation and how that experience impacts on their everyday life,’ he said.
NET Ministries, now in its 17th year, will have six teams visiting parishes and schools across Australia sharing stories of ‘good news’ with young people this year.
A team of 12 will travel through Queensland down the east coast and across to Western Australia working in dioceses, parishes and schools along the way.
Adelaide will have its fourth year of NET ministry while the Queensland towns of Warwick and Gladstone will welcome their first teams.
NET Ministries will also field two diocesan teams, one in Melbourne archdiocese and another in Geraldton diocese.
The team in Melbourne will work in conjunction with the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Ministry to provide retreat opportunities for young people in schools and parishes while the Geraldton team will co-ordinate its activities with parishes and high schools throughout the diocese.
Mr Lysaght said NET Ministries was asking for prayers of support.
‘In an ever-changing world these young men and women have sacrificed much to give a year of their lives to participate in the Church’s mission of evangelising and discipling the youth of this nation,’ he said.
This year’s NET teams will be commissioned by Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby at Christ the King Church, Graceville at 7.30pm on February 19.
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