What’s Been Happening in Religious Education


World Youth Day 2019 will be held in Panama and is set to be a fantastic experience for the youth of the world!  All students who have been to past WYD events have returned transformed, invigorated and excited by their faith.  This is a wonderful opportunity for all youth to experience their faith with other like minded students from all over the world – to pray together, to worship together and to have fun together. 

There are three pilgrimage options available and they are set out below:

  • Panama via Washington DC: $8,918
  • Panama via Mexico City: $9,245
  • Panama via Peru: $10,492

Each student attending will receive a $500 subsidy from Sydney Catholic Schools to assist with the cost of attending and there will also be a raffle conducted where the proceeds will go toward the cost of the event. 

Expressions of interest for World Youth Day, 2019 are due to be finalised by 26 March 2018 with a $500 deposit to be paid.  Unfortunately, if expressions of interest are not finalised by this date, there can be no guarantee of the price of the trip as Sydney Catholic Schools are booking for a large group and flights and accommodation are very limited to Panama.  Whilst it may be possible to secure a place at WYD later in the year, there can no guarantee of the price.  I strongly encourage you to secure your place with the payment of the $500 by 26 March if you are interested.  Ms Rachael Bakhos (Youth Ministry Coordinator) will be holding a number events over the next 2 weeks that will allow all students an opportunity to gain more information about World Youth Day.  If you are interested in knowing more, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Ms Bakhos for more details.

I leave you with the official prayer for World Youth Day 2019.


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).


Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission