World Youth Day 2019

World Youth Day 2019

World Youth Day XXXIV will be held in Panama City from 22 – 27 January 2019.  Students who are enrolled in Years 11 or 12 in 2019 will be eligible to attend the international gathering as members of the Sydney Catholic Schools contingent.  Students who graduate in 2018 will also be invited to attend WYD as a part of a special post-school pilgrimage group.  

Information evenings will be held early next term – details of dates will follow shortly.

Please view the one minute WYD video which gives some insight into the exciting things to come at this wonderful event One Minute Video.

I would also like to share with you the Patron Saints of WYD Panama as listed below.  Why don’t you take some time to find out some information about these saints and see what they have contributed to make our world a better place and how these people are able to inspire and guide our lives as model examples of Gospel values?

  • Saint José Sánchez del Rio
  • Saint Juan Diego
  • Blessed Sor María Romero Meneses
  • Saint John Bosco
  • Saint John Paul II
  • Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero
  • Saint Martin de Porres
  • Saint Rose of Lima

Ask for their prayers as you set your eyes upon a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church.

I would also like to share with you the official World Youth Day prayer:

Merciful Father,

You call us to live our lives as a way of salvation. Help us to recall the past with gratitude, to embrace the present with courage and to build the future with hope.

Lord Jesus, our friend and brother, thank you for looking upon us with love. Let us listen to your voice as it resonates in the hearts of each one with the strength and light of the Holy Spirit.
Grant us the grace of being a Church that goes forth with vibrant faith and a youthful face to communicate the joy of the Gospel. May we help to build up the kind of society we long for, one where there is fairness and fellowship.

We pray for the Pope and the bishops; for young people; for all those who will take part in World Youth Day in Panama and for those who are preparing to welcome them.

Our Lady of Antigua, Patroness of Panama, help us to pray and live with generosity like yours: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).


Caritas Australia

During the month of September, Caritas Australia is running a campaign designed to support women in developing countries.  Often women need support in removing themselves and their children from domestic violence and need support in gaining independence and an occupation that will support their families. Much research has shown that where programs have been developed and funded which have been directly aimed at women allowing them to become self-sufficient and support their families, there has been much success for the women involved and indeed their wider communities.  Often the women who participate end up employing other women in their villages and the programs become a great success for all involved.  

If you would like to host a fundraising event on behalf of Caritas, I have included a link which will give you access to the Caritas Australia website and some further information about how any money raised may be utilized.

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Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission