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Joyous youth celebrate Pentecost

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Nearly 200 young people from throughout the Archdiocese joined for prayer, song and celebration as part of the Pentecost Vigil held at Queen of Angels Church, Thebarton on Saturday May 19.

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As well as celebrating the joy of the Church’s birth, the vigil also served as the launch of the Australian Bishops’ 2020 Plenary Council.

Coordinator of the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults, Peter Bierer, said the vigil was one of the largest gatherings expected in the Archdiocese during the Year of Youth and said those present commented that it was such a “joy filled” event.

“It was really great to see the young people directly involved in the event and the Mass and they were delighted that it was not a sombre occasion, but one that was full of joy.

“It was an opportunity for young people to make new friendships, express the joy of their faith and have a good time in the spirit of Pentecost.”

Mr Bierer said young people were involved in all aspects of the event, including the liturgy and music provided by a number of different youth groups. He added that Father Charles Gauci’s homily had a “poignant” message for young people.

“A highlight of the evening was also the performance of Steve Angrisano,” he said, referring to the American musician and evangelist who has performed at many youth events throughout Australia. “Steve’s real gift is his ability to inspire passion and confidence in one’s own faith life, and he accomplished that with many of the young people present.”

The gathering closed with a shared supper which Mr Bierer said was the perfect opportunity for those present to reflect on an afternoon and evening of worship and celebration of their faith.

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