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Youth urged to let the Spirit guide them


Young Catholics were encouraged to call on the Holy Spirit for “help and guidance” when they gathered for the annual youth Pentecost vigil at The Monastery last month.

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Celebrating Mass at the vigil, Archbishop Patrick O’Regan reminded those present that the Holy Spirit is our “helper and guide” and “empowers us to be helpers and guides for others”.

More than 100 young people attended the vigil on May 22, which included games, activities and a concert featuring Melbourne-based musician Gen Bryant and youth from the Pooraka Vietnamese Catholic Community.

Ms Bryant also ran a workshop for young musicians earlier in the day.

Coordinator of the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults (COYYA), Peter Bierer, said everyone appreciated the opportunity to gather for the vigil, which had to be run as a virtual event last year due to COVID restrictions.

“It was a wonderful evening where young people could celebrate their faith together,” he said.

As part of Laudato Si’ Week from May 16-24, COYYA also ran a workshop in the Cathedral Hall where senior students could explore Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical.

Senior students at the workshop for Laudato Si’ Week.

Mr Bierer said 40 students from five Catholic secondary colleges attended the day which included music from Ms Bryant, input from Archbishop O’Regan and the COYYA team, with breakout sessions run by presenters from Resilient East and Vinnies.

“This was a great way for older students to see how the teachings of Laudato Si’ can be incorporated into their own lives,” he said.

Held prior to the Schools Strike 4 Climate rally on May 21, the workshop was the first in a series of gatherings planned by COYYA for senior students to reflect on the themes of integral ecology, justice and peace.

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