WelCom December 2022
World Youth Day on Sunday November 20 was a full day for the archdiocese’s Young Church (YC) team with young people from across the diocese joining together for a range of events to celebrate all that’s happening in the Young Church.
Events included ‘SEEK’, an invitation for young adults to explore their vocation and discern their role in the Church and in the world. It was followed by a World Youth Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal John Dew at St Mary’s of the Angels Church. Organised by SMOA Young Adults and the YC team, Mass was followed by an evening of fellowship and celebration for World Youth Day.
On the Friday evening prior, the monthly XLT Youth Worship event was held at St Joseph’s Mt Victoria. XLT has been growing in attendance throughout the year for teens and young adults to come together to experience the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, worship through music, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the gift of fellowship. Attendees from across the archdiocese were joined by a group who travelled from the Diocese of Palmerston North.
This month the YC team are running the Young Catholic Leadership camp in Ōtaki. ‘Students who have accepted leadership roles within their schools for 2023, will explore faith, gifts they bring to their roles, and leadership,’ says Louise Llyod of the YC team. ‘We are excited about this year’s camp!’
The Diocese of Palmerston North Catholic Leader (YCL) 2022 is running from December 12–16 at Highland Home Christian Camp in Pohangina Valley in Manawatu. YCL invites participants to take part in a variety of activities to encourage and form them in Catholic leadership and in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Young Church has had a blessed year and will have a lot to celebrate ahead.