Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU FEBRUARY 2019 8 NEWS What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self control. Galatians 5:22 THE Church in Australia is being called to “Listen to what the Spirit is saying”, and that is exactly what happened as young people from across the Sandhurst Diocese gathered for a youth forum in Shepparton. A group of young people gathered to pray, talk and listen to each other about the future of the church. Bishop Mark Edwards, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, helped to facilitate the discussion and reflect on his recent experience in the Vatican at the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Bishop Mark’s thoughtful insights on the Plenary Council provided a solid starting point for an open discussion to follow. Fr Rob Galea also spoke about the importance of young people speaking up and listening to each other. After some small group discussions and a chance to share a meal together, there was an opportunity for everyone to share their thoughts and hopes for the future of the Church. The chance to listen to what other people had to say also allowed for greater understanding of where everyone was coming from, and for a deeper connection to form between those present. A submission has been made to the Plenary Council on behalf of all those attending. Sandhurst Youth Ministry Young People Speak Up What better way to end the year than by gathering for a Christmas Party. The Stronger Christmas Party, open to all young people in the Sandhurst Diocese, kicked off with a Stronger Youth Mass at St Brendan’s Church. This was followed by an evening of Christmas music, pizza, games and a surprise visit from Santa. KK gifts were exchanged, prizes won and much laughter and fun made up the evening. Christmas Celebrations