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Each year across the world, dioceses and their local parishes celebrate World Youth Day on the Feast of Christ the King.

This year the Diocese of Bathurst is commencing a new initiative – a local celebration of World Youth Day in every parish across the Diocese. In these celebrations, young people from our schools and parishes will be invited to help animate and facilitate a parish celebration of prayer and Mass in their local parish.

This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the wonderful and great work that occurs across our Diocese in relation to youth ministry and also to remind us of the importance of youth in our church.

Our Priests and parishes, as well as all of our schools, are encouraged to make contact with each other to set aside time to plan for this important celebration.

Further reading HERE

During the month of October and September, opportunities have occurred across the Diocese following on from Vocations Awareness week 2022 that reflect on Vocations, through a simple gathering and a meal. Vocations dinners were organised in three locations, Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst and were a chance to gather, pray, share a meal and discuss the importance of being aware and responding to God’s call in our life.

 The Bathurst Dinner had a wide variety of guests, which allowed a wonderful sharing of stories of faith and hearing God’s call. Attendees were reminded to take time reading the scriptures, to pray, to be part of the worshipping community and to seek the wisdom of wise people in their community when discerning their vocation, but also when living it, all were reminded that there are challenges in life, it isn’t always perfect!

It is hoped that these dinners will become a regular event in our Diocese, so keep an eye out for them and maybe even alert others to them, it’s a chance to go deeper into the call each of us has, the call to discipleship; following Jesus.

Deacon Josh Clayton

Youth Ministers Tahnaya from MacKillop College Bathurst and Dale from James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange

Professional Development for our RISE Youth Ministers took place at Mackillop College Bathurst recently. The topic focus was working with young people. Led by Fr Paul Devitt the day explored prayer, reflection on Youth Ministry experiences to date running a bible study and looking toward our upcoming events; RISE UO, Diocesan Christmas Art Exhibition and iRISE. Also in attendance were Deacon Josh Clayton Mission and Renewal Director, Jacinta Thatcher Mission and Renewal Project Officer and Dr Amber Calleja Education Officer Formation and Religious Education.

Professional development session

ARISE (pronounced uh-rize) Beach Retreat is happening for everyone ages 18-25 years from Monday 9 to Friday 13 January.

The venue is once again at Tahlee, a special place of natural beauty on Port Stephens near Karuah. The earliest inhabitants of this area were the Worimi tribe. Tahlee comes from the local Aboriginal word, Tarlee, meaning “sheltered from the wind and above water”.

Register your expression of interest to attend, here.