Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at St Clare’s focuses on fostering the spiritual growth of each student to empower them to participate in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith. We offer opportunities for our young women to engage with many varied experiences of faith, service and community.

At St Clare’s there are numerous opportunities for students to express their faith and use their gifts. Here is a snapshot of the types of opportunities that are available to students:

  • World Youth Day
  • Australian Catholic Youth Festival
  • EastFest
  • Ignite Conference Sydney
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  • Catechists
  • Nursing Home Visits
  • Immersion Trips
  • Social Justice Initiatives
  • Reflection Days
  • Evangelist Days
  • Retreats
  • Masses and Liturgies

Snapshot from the Australian Catholic Youth Festival:

On the 7th December 2019, 9 students and 2 staff members began their journey to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Perth. ACYF is a three day festival that allows young people from all over Australia to explore their spirituality and faith through talks, plenary sessions, the Sacraments, praise and worship and fellowship. Special guests included Fr Rob Galea, Genevieve Bryant, the nuns from the Amazing Race, Joe Melendrez, Josh Angrisano and Steve Angrisano. The Festival was an enjoyable experience for all and provided the opportunity to bond with other young people and deepen each other’s faith journey. 

Snapshot from Ignite Conference:

The Sydney Ignite Conference occurred during the October school holidays with the theme “New Again”. The morning and night plenaries consisted of praise and worship, led by the Emmanuel worship band and provided the opportunity to hear stories, testimonies and inspiring words from Catholic leaders whilst providing an atmosphere to reflect on the presence of God in our lives.

Snapshot from World Youth Day Panama:

World Youth Day is a worldwide event hosted every year for Catholics around the world who all come from different cultures and backgrounds speaking different languages. Everyone is united by sharing a common belief and faith in God. The opportunity for myself, as a young person, to experience such a surreal environment full of music, faith and motivation was uplifting and life-changing. Our journey began on 16 January when we traveled to Mexico City to begin our pilgrimage that culminated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The trip then continued to Panama City for the second half of the journey, for the anticipated World Youth Week. During the week we were exposed to various religious experiences in the presence of high profile members of the Catholic Faith including Pope Francis. Examples of these experiences include daily catechism, Youth Festivals, Opening Mass, the welcoming of the Pope, Stations of the Cross, Vigil and Closing Mass. These celebrations allowed us to deepen our connection to the faith as well as build relationships with fellow Catholics from countries worldwide. Our trip then concluded with a retreat where we could unwind and reflect about the previous week. The experience as a whole was an incredible opportunity and I will be forever thankful for the memories and friendships I have made. (Ella Schrijvers)

Social Media Pages and Influencers to follow Instagram or Facebook:

  • WaverleyCatholic= Mary Immaculate Parish
  • Sydney Catholic Youth
  • Sydney Archdiocese
  • Eastern Deanery Sydney
  • Arise SCS Youth
  • Fr Rob Galea and FRG Ministry
  • Matt Maher
  • Fr Mike Schmitz
  • Josh Angrisano
  • Steve Angrisano
  • Joe Melendrez

 

 

 

 

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