Living Catholic e-News March 2018

Listening to young people in the year of Youth

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More than 130 people from schools, parishes, communities, organisations and agencies across the diocese gathered at Glenelg Golf Club recently as part of the Year of Youth. 
The day-long event called 'New Horizons' included presentations from Church leaders, panel discussions and group reflections.
Rachelle Smith, from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for Youth, said the Year of Youth was an invitation for the whole Church to enter into discernment about the importance of young people in the local Church and society. 
“In being Christ, we simply have to listen to young people,” she said. 
Archbishop Philip Wilson opened proceedings with an address which stressed the importance of entering into a relationship with Jesus and engaging with Him through the Scriptures on a daily basis.
He said the Year of Youth had a big role to play in helping young people who belong to the Church to understand that they could find meaning in their lives through putting Jesus at the centre.
Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults coordinator Peter Bierer said it was a “fantastic day and well received”.
“The morning set the stage laying out the context of the Year of Youth, the realities of young South Australians, and the results of the 'Raise Your Voice' youth forums,” he said.
“The afternoon was action-focused. Participants were able to reflect on the information of the morning sessions and then develop the first steps to responding in their own communities.”
Rachelle and Peter are pictured above at the 'New Horizons' forum.
For more information on the Year of Youth go to The Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults (COYYA) website here.

See March e-newsletter here.