As we hear of young people struggling in lockdown, Catholic Youth Parramatta is developing initiatives to encourage young people to stay connected. This commenced with Bishop Vincent’s pastoral letter to young people<https://catholicoutlook
From 13 to 18 September, we are holding free LIFTED Studio Sessions, a series of creativity workshops for young people. We hope these will be a safe space for young people to be heard and seen as we enter our 12th week of lockdown.
The sessions will be held every night from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, and focus on topics relevant to young people’s communication and creativity. Topics include photography, blogging, spoken word, and song writing. We are fortunate to be able to feature some of the best local talent to run the workshops including a special guest all the way from the United States.
Young people are invited to register for the free workshops at https://parracatholic.org/cyp-
The Diocese has also launched a new website supporting young people, focusing on support and information around mental wellbeing. It can be found at parracatholic.org/withyou
Daily Session Schedule:
To help our fellow parishioners with the pressure of lockdown and its imminent extension into August, the Mission Enhancement Team will launch HOME Ground.
HOME Ground is a schedule of new and pre-existing online gatherings to support the wellbeing and connection of people of our Diocese each evening for the next four weeks starting Monday 26 July at 7.30 pm.
The schedule is now live via a banner on the homepage of the Diocesan website – www.parracatholic.org
The offerings are extensive and complement the wonderful online ministry and Masses already being led at many parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Every weeknight people are invited to see what’s on and decide whether they would like to join.
The Diocesan website will direct all potential participants to email firstname.lastname@example.org for their unique Zoom link each day. Others will be broadcast freely through the Diocese of Parramatta Facebook page. These details are listed on parracatholic.org.
Look out for a promotional video and daily social media tiles to assist with engaging our most disconnected or vulnerable people at this time.
We look forward to welcoming ‘ALL to be MET’
Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM – Chancellor for Ministries
Sr Grace Roclawska csfn – Head, Formation for Mission
James Camden – Head, Mission Engagement
Diocese of Parramatta