ketekorero August 2015
Cultural diversity stands out at Youth Day
From left at back: Felicity Bailey, Anita-Maree Bailey, Alex Bailey, Max Hendricks, Martin Doohan, Amy Rutten and Christopher O’Brien; and from left at front: Michael Kilkelly, Briege Koning, and Hannah Garratt pose with Pope Francis before the World Youth Day Experience Auckland Pilgrimage. By Michael Kilkelly group of young adults recently travelled to Auckland to represent the youth of our diocese at the 2015 Auckland World Youth Day Experience.
The event is held each year to allow young people to experience the spirit of World Youth Day, founded by St John Paul II, here in New Zealand. The day began with Adoration at St Patrick’s Cathedral followed by Mass. The cathedral could barely hold the numbers that turned out for the celebration with many pilgrims forced to sit on the floor in the aisles or lean on the walls. Celebrant Fr Bernie Thomas commented on how the cultural diversity among the youth gathered there reflected Christ’s call to make disciples of all nations. Mass was followed by a procession by the
youth through the centre of Auckland to the Victory Centre for a time of worship, testimony and teaching.
Keen to enjoy an evening of performance and festivity? Mosaic Festival is an event not to be missed! Featuring guest speaker Therese Joyce of songsofsolomon.co.nz and other acts from the very talented Catholic youth of New Zealand. The festival will be held at ZEAL Hamilton on Saturday 5 September 2015 and is open to any youth and young adult. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at catholicyouth.org.nz or by e-mailing Briege Koning at email@example.com
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The focus of the event was social justice with a special focus on the Pope’s new encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ which encourages us to become better stewards of the environment God has created for us. Guest speakers like Bishop Pat Dunn and Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Network in Australia, shared stories and offered advice on how youth could become voices for social change within the church and in society. The trip was an enjoyable time of fellowship and prayer although the most popular member of the Hamilton group was probably the life size cut-out of Pope Francis, who spent the day granting requests for selfies and photos. We left encouraged in our mission as the youth of the church to “cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (Laudato Si)
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