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.
There are numerous opportunities for students to express their faith and use their gifts. These include:
- World Youth Day 2019 Panama
- ACYF Perth
- Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- Nursing Home Visits
- Immersion Trips
- Social Justice Initiatives
- Reflection Days
- Evangelisation Days
- Masses and Liturgies
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 travelled to Mexico City to begin our pilgrimage, immersing ourselves in the unique culture by trying local foods which just happened to be crickets and lamb tongue tacos! We also witnessed first hand, a different outlook on life which revolves around community.
The highlight of Mexico was a day trip to Puebla, where we explored a traditional and colourful town full of beautiful handcrafted golden churches constructed around the Aztec villages and pyramids. The architecture and gardens within this city were breathtaking which added to the whole experience of this town. The spiritual highlight of Mexico was the walk to the shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe which was a reflective walk for our group, followed by a mesmerising image of Mary made this the highlight.
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 catechesis, Youth Festivals, Opening Mass, 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.