On Friday November 8, for the very first time, over 300 excited year 5/6 students from 8 Catholic primary schools involved in the second phase of the Youth Ministry CSYMA Jnr Pilot gathered at St Vincent’s Primary School for “Illuminate” student Conference .
Illuminate is part of the growing and evolving faith formation pathway in youth ministry within our Catholic schools and Parishes that is focused on working with year 5 and 6 students.
The day was lead by Archdiocesan Youth Minsters who alongside of Priests and other diocesan leaders and Catholic Agencies coordinated a number of interactive workshops. These numerous activities became a real highlight for the students as it provided them with a hands on and practical experience of faith, a particular way of learning and expressing faith that is characteristic of Youth ministry.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse affirmed the joy of the youth there and introduced the theme of the gathering and reminded the young ones that they have a special job as the Church of Now and are called to illuminate the world around them with the light of Christ.
Sarah Larkin, a youth minister at St Vincent’s Primary School and South Belconnen Parish said,
“I really loved seeing all of the students at my school mingling with the other students and seeing how excited they were at the event. I couldn’t wait to see them afterwards and at school next week to touch base and reflect on the experience with them and see how encouraged they felt about their faith.”
Nathan Galea Project Officer for the New Evangelisation within Catholic Education office and Coordinator of the event said “
In an age where our young ones aren’t in our parishes and many families are disengaged from the Church, Illuminate, reflected the power of what can be achieved when we work together to live out the joy of the gospel. The CSYMA jnr model provides a great framework for students to deepen in their faith and encounter Jesus through the very best of our Catholic Faith.