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Dear friends,
 
We welcome you to the first of five Year of Youth eNewsletters. We hope this series will inspire and encourage you to stay focussed and connected during the entire Year of Youth as we work together to celebrate young people in the Church and the wider community.
 
As you may know, the Melbourne Archdiocese has proposed a five-part framework for the Year of Youth, which consists of five focus areas to live out discipleship with joy and is inspired by Mary, the first disciple, who was herself a teenager when she was called to be the Mother of God. In this first edition we invite you to focus on and celebrate the “Good news with joy” in your parishes, schools and communities. See below for some practical ideas on how to do this!
 
If you haven’t already checked out our Year of Youth Resource, you can download a copy of the entire resource
HERE or if you’d like to simply focus on ideas for December – January , you can download a PDF HERE.
 
The AOY team
This period will be a time of announcing the Year of Youth in our Archdiocese. Parishes can share their dreams and plans for the coming 12 months and commission their Year of Youth ambassadors and Year of Youth parish action teams. The young people attending the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney will come back to their parishes full of joy, enthusiasm and hope.
The biggest ACYF is about to kick off in Sydney on Thursday 7 December with over 18,000 registrants! We encourage young people who can’t attend to get together and watch live online via XT3 HERE. Also follow the AOY on our Facebook page to see what’s happening on the ground.

With over 700 participants from the Melbourne Archdiocese registered to attend, we asked a first time participant to share their joy about attending the Festival:

“For many people in our youth group, it is their first time participating in this year's Australian Catholic Youth Festival. We're all bursting with excitement to see what this year's festival has planned for us. A personal aim for myself will be to journey deeper into my faith and discover more about my relationship with God. It's safe to say I'm excited to see what this festival has in store for us.” Genesis Finau (16 years old) Holy Family Parish, Doveton.
Image of the Doveton group at ACYF 2015 (supplied).
Ambassadors Year of Youth Ambassadors will be commissioned this Sunday at St Patrick’s Cathedral… as well as in many local parishes.  What’s a Youth Ambassador? Click HERE to find out more – it’s not too late to recruit yours! If you'd like to commission your own ambassadors, you can download a copy of the text HERE
Advent in your Parish – With Advent kicking off on 3 December, we invite you to put youth front and centre in your Parish at Advent. To mark the start of the year, invite young people to light your advent wreath at each Mass.
Christmas preparation – Can you involve youth in your Christmas preparations? Encourage them to lead or participate in the music, Christmas play, and your Christmas carols.
Send Christmas cards to all the young people who have graduated from your parish primary school over the last few years, announcing the Year of Youth and inviting them to Christmas Masses.
Check out more ideas for December – January PDF HERE
In addition to our main resource for the Year of Youth, here are some other ideas:
  • The lives of young saints can inspire your whole parish community. The recently released Young Saints resource from the AOY can be borrowed and displayed in your parish. For more details click HERE.
  • Check out the official prayer for youth HERE
  • Monthly webinars – these have already begun and will continue in January. The ACBC website will soon have all the details HERE
  • Consider ordering a Year of Youth pull up banner for your parish ($99) HERE
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