ST Catherine’s Parish, Wishart celebrated its second youth ministered Mass on February 13.
Parish priest Fr Bernie Nolan led the 9.30am Mass in St Catherine’s Church, at which a large group of youth took part in ministries including reading, altar serving, hospitality, collection, gifts and music.
St Catherine’s youth worker Jo Blanchfield, along with Brisbane South Deanery youth co-ordinator Jaye Barros and a number of parents helped organise and prepare the youth.
‘We have a very committed and energised group of young people on team at St Catherine’s, along with a very supportive parent group,’ Jaye said.
‘This, teamed up with Fr Nolan, who is most encouraging, makes for a great future for the youth of St Catherine’s,’ she said.
As part of the Brisbane South Deanery vision, Jaye hoped that parishes would co-ordinate their own youth ministered Masses each month so young people had the opportunity to attend at least one Mass at a variety of churches on any given weekend.
She said Acacia Ridge-Sunnybank, Upper Mt Gravatt and Wishart parishes were already providing youth ministered Masses with other parishes looking at initiating them in the near future.
‘With great music, lively liturgy and social interaction being the most important aspects to young people who are attending Church these days, it is important that we continue to nurture and guide our youth into active participation within the Mass and allow them to express their own spirituality, whilst still respecting the ritual of Catholic worship,’ Jaye said.
‘St Catherine’s is well on the way to achieving this with an interested team of parishioners focused on youth involvement as well as incorporating social and sports activities for everyone after the youth ministered Mass.’
For more information about youth ministered Masses or youth activities in Brisbane South Deanery phone Jaye on (0418) 454 516.
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