What’s coming up for our young people?
Last month brought an end to the Covid-19 restrictions that had been an integral part of our lives for the past 2 years. The government stated it was time to “move forward with certainty” and “turn the page” on this unprecetended period of history – a welcome move to many people!
As a result, the Dioesan Young Church team have lots of exciting events for young people over the next few months – let’s all get back into the swing of things and have a great summer!
Take a look at what’s happening in the dicoese and beyond. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Nick Wilson (Diocesan Young Catholics Team Leader) at email@example.com.
DEC 12 – 16 2022
HIGHLAND HOME CHRISTIAN CAMP, POHANGINA VALLEY
YCL is a leadership formation programme for students entering Year 13 in 2023, offered to students from both Catholic and State schools.
The special emphasis of this event is on what it means to be a faithful Catholic leader 24/7, not just at school. Activities focus on prayer, service, collaboration, challenge and personal commitment. There are a number of talks given by young adults, and outdoor activities such as physical challenges.
Beyond the sessions, students participate in group building, Catholic prayer and Mass, and the normal duties associated with being on camp for five days.
JAN 18 – 22 2023
Summer camp with Life Teen is an opportunity for teens to have an incredible life experience. Summer Camp provides an opportunity for teenagers to be free and confident in themselves, develop new friendships with other teens from their parish, and encounter God working in their lives.
Teens must attend as part of a parish group – to find a group near you please contact Nick Wilson (details above).
JAN 26 – 29 2023
Festival One is multi-day, Christian Festival with a broad range of fantastic artists, lots of opportunities for the creative arts and a few other surprises.
Their goal is to create community in the church through music, art and culture.
The lineup for 2023 includes Switchfoot, BLSD One, Tyra, Adam Murray, Late 80s Mercedes and many more!
Contact Nick if you are interested in joining one of the Diocesan groups heading to the festival.
We’ve put together a document for school leavers who are heading to tertiary institutions around the country.
Did you know there are Catholic tertiary chaplains in all of the major universities and polytechs in New Zealand? Our tertiary chaplaincy network is strong with excellent people, ready to accompany our rangatahi in their new spaces in 2023 – so wherever you’re headed, make sure you touch base with them to stay in the know about Catholic happenings for young adults!
THE HEARTH PLACE OF LEARNING
Located behind the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North, young people can live in the community to share faith and life in a deeper way.
Community members can be students, working or between work and study, who are looking to discern life and where God is in their faith hikoi.
The four pillars of living in our community are Hospitality, Service, Formation and Prayer.
Living in the community requires that academic formation in faith by participating in Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute courses.
There are no spaces available for 2023, however if you’re interested in applying for 2024 and beyond contact Nick Wilson.
JULY 15 – AUG 7 2023
World Youth Day is characterized by the joy that young people bring for being together. The time spent at WYD isn’t just an exciting holiday though – it’s a pilgrimage of faith. The journey of WYD is one where every young person is invited to go beyond themselves, outside of what’s normal and comfortable, so that they can encounter Jesus Christ in new places, people and experiences.
Registrations are open now for young adults 18-35. The National Church of Aotearoa NZ is planning to take a group of 100 pilgrims – applications close 6 Nov.
Click here for some Prayer of the Faithful suggestions for parishes.