Youth Ministry


The focus of Youth Ministry within the Diocese of Wollongong is the development of each student’s spiritual growth and life of faith.

Each school is encouraged to be involved in the variety of Youth Ministry initiatives that emanate from the Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong (CYMW) team and to establish internal Youth Ministry initiatives that support the charism and identity of the school and wider Catholic community. Find contact details for our Youth Ministry Coordinator in each systemic secondary and K-12 school here.
  

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Initiatives we offer to schools

The Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong (CYMW) team provides many opportunities for students around the diocese, including:

  • An ‘Activate FIRE’ immersive spiritual program day for Year 6 students, delivered in clusters of schools – read more here;

  • Three LIVE events (a lunchtime concert and in-school retreat) at every systemic Catholic secondary and K-12 school in the diocese, spread throughout the year – see dates below;

  • A day-long LIVE Festival in Term 3 for all students in the diocese, featuring live music, food, workshops and activities, inspirational speakers and special guests – more information below;

  • Overnight retreats for both the Youth Ministry Coordinators (YMCs) and Youth Ministry Leaders (YMLs) – read more here;

  • Feast day celebrations at our systemic Catholic secondary and K-12 schools throughout the diocese;

  • Live music celebrations at the Year 6 Masses and Year 12 Gatherings with Bishop Brian Mascord - read more here and here;

  • World Youth Day and Australian Catholic Youth Festival events and formation days – read more here and here

  • Winter Sleepouts; and

  • Other spirituality, ministry and leaderships days at schools across the diocese.
     

The Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong team’s hope is that young people take up the challenge to enter into a relationship with God and grow through the practice of their faith in the everyday, and through participating in the many initiatives run throughout the Diocese of Wollongong.

We hope to see a continued growth and excitement about Youth Ministry in our diocese and that all youth feel supported to journey deeper into their faith. Our wish for young people, especially those who feel they don’t have a place in the Catholic Church or that the Catholic faith has nothing to offer them, is that they will come to discover the transformative and life-giving power that can only come from a connection to God” — Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong (CYMW) team


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LIVE Events 

The aim of LIVE is to engage young people with the vitality of the young Catholic church, support their faith formation and spiritual development in a fun, relaxed way and help forge a sense of community and spirituality amongst them.

Students get to enjoy an open lunchtime live music concert, before gathering for an in-school retreat experience facilitated by Mr Joel Duval (Catholic Education Officer Youth Ministry), Mr. Seth Harsh (Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator) and the rest of the Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong team. There, they have live music, food, games, discussion around that event’s selected theme, small group workshops, team-building activities.

The CYMW team hold three LIVE events throughout the year at every systemic Catholic secondary and K-12 school in the diocese – each with a different, meaningful theme to guide students in their faith journey. 

See LIVE Event dates for 2020 below

Live Even Posters 2020

 

2020 Live Festival Poster
LIVE Festival
 

Each year in Term 3, the Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong team hold a special LIVE Festival event, inviting Years 9 to 12 students from systemic and congregational schools across the diocese to gather in Wollongong to celebrate, explore and engage in their faith in a joy-filled way. 

The popular all-day event features combines worship, wisdom and encounters with Jesus in a festival experience – including workshops, plenary sessions, engaging activities, live music, a DJ, food trucks, merchandise stalls, fun games, interviews, dialogue spaces, inspirational speakers, and a spectacular evening plenary and concert. 

Read about our latest LIVE Festival, where over 600 young people gathered for an uplifting day at the WIN Entertainment Centre

ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2020 LIVE Festival theme will be: 20/20 Vision – Luke 2:30 'For my eyes have seen your salvation'.

 

2020 LIVE DATES 

Venue
Date
Lunchtime Concert
LIVE Night
Term 1

Mt Carmel College

Friday 28 February

1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

Corpus Christi CHS

Wednesday 4 March

12:55pm-1:25pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

John Therry College

Wednesday 11 March

1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

St Benedict’s College

Friday 13 March

12:23pm-12:53pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

St John's CHS

Wednesday 18 March

11:27am-12:17pm

1:00pm-2:55pm

Holy Spirit College

Wednesday 25 March

12:40pm-1:20pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

St Francis College

Thursday 26 March

1:15pm-1:45pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

St Joseph’s CHS

 

1:01-1:41pm

3:45pm-6:45pm

Term 2

Magdalene College

Friday 1 May

12:40pm-1:20pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

Holy Spirit College

Wednesday 3 June

12:40pm-1:20pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

John Therry College

Friday 5 June

1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

St John’s CHS

Thursday 11 June

11:12am-12:02am

3:00pm-6:00pm

Mt Carmel College

Friday 12 June

1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

Corpus Christi CHS

Wednesday 17 June

12:55pm-1:25pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

St Benedict’s College

Friday 19 June

12:23pm-12:53pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

St Francis College

Thursday 25 June

1:15pm-1:45pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

Magdalene College

Friday 24 July

12:40pm-1:20pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

St Joseph’s CHS

 

1:01-1:41pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

Term 3

LIVE FESTIVAL

Friday 21 August

10:00am-8:00pm

Term 4

St Benedict’s College

Friday 30 October

12:23pm-12:53pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

St Francis College

Thursday 5 November

1:15pm-1:45pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

Mt Carmel College

Friday 6 November

1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

St John’s CHS

Wednesday 11 November

11:27am-12:17pm

1:00pm-2:55pm

John Therry College

Thursday 12 November

1:00pm-1:30pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

Holy Spirit College

Wednesday 18 November

12:40pm-1:20pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

Magdalene College

Friday 20 November

12:40pm-1:20pm

3:00pm-6:00pm

Corpus Christi CHS

Wednesday 2 December

12:55pm-1:25pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

St Joseph’s CHS

 

1:01-1:41pm

3:30pm-6:30pm

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YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATORS AND LEADERS IN OUR SCHOOLS

To assist with the Youth Ministry team's goals, each systemic Catholic secondary and K-12 school in the diocese has a member of staff who is their designated Youth Ministry Coordinator (YMC) and students who are their school’s Youth Ministry Leaders (YMLs). 

The YMC and YMLs aim to collaboratively work with the senior leaders of the school, staff members, students and personnel of the Catholic Education Office to engage youth and young adults around them into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community.

SCHOOL

YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR NAME

EMAIL ADDRESS

St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Albion Park

Shawn Fenech

shawn.fenech@dow.catholic.edu.au

Holy Spirit College, Bellambi

Jordan Timpano

jordan.timpano@dow.catholic.edu.au

St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park

Jessica Flegg

jessica.flegg@dow.catholic.edu.au

Magdalene Catholic College, Narellan

Peter Collins

peter.collins@dow.catholic.edu.au

St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra     

Abbey Baker

abbey.baker@dow.catholic.edu.au

Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats

Janaya Fenech

janaya.fenech@dow.catholic.edu.au

St Benedict’s Catholic College, Oran Park

Tabitha Brown

brownt02@dow.catholic.edu.au

John Therry Catholic College, Rosemeadow

Matthew Tran

matthew.tran@dow.catholic.edu.au

Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville

Igor Pletikosa

pletikosai01@dow.catholic.edu.au

CONTACT FOR CEDoW YOUTH MINISTRY

JOEL DUVAL
Education Officer – Youth Ministry
Catholic Life, Education and Mission
E:  joel.duval@dow.catholic.edu.au
M:  0438 135 973
  

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