GIVING up one year of your life to serve on the National Evangelisation Team can itself be an exciting decision, but being commissioned for a second year on your birthday is another excitement altogether.
That’s the impression Josh Walsh had on February 15, when he not only gathered in Brisbane for the 2013 Commissioning Mass to send him into his second year of NET, but he also celebrated his 26th birthday.
Josh, who is one of five commissioned into the Townsville NET Team, joined 50 other young people who would go forth into nine different teams in Sydney, Canberra and Goulburn, Melbourne, and Cairns dioceses, and throughout Australia on the national team.
This year is the first time NET Ministries has had teams in the parish of St Fidelis, Melbourne, in Ingham parish, and in Good Counsel College, Innisfail.
This year’s Netters include 16 young people from Queensland, nine from Victoria, two from New South Wales, one from ACT, four from New Zealand, 11 from Canada, five from USA, one from Uganda, one from Ireland and one from Malaysia.
Netters Dom Dougherty, Maddie Wilson, and Lachlan Wilson, all from Brisbane, are sons and daughter of former NET Team members.
This is the first time that NET has seen second-generation Netters on their teams.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated his first NET Commissioning Mass and, in his homily, called each Netter “a sign of what the Lord wants” for the entire Church.
“We are in a point where we have to become a more missionary church and we will not solve many of our internal problems in the Church until we become more missionary, until we can go out more like lambs among wolves, out there wherever, or the running souls will continue to run and drain away the life and energy of the Church,” he said.
“So in that sense, you are the prophecy, you young people commissioned tonight, you become the Word to us, a sign of what the Lord wants the new path on which He calls the whole Church.”
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