|January is a great time of year to go on pilgrimage. In 2019 pilgrimage group will make their way to Panama for World Youth Day. Closer to home each year we recognise the Anniversary of the First Mass in New Zealand which was celebrated by Bishop Pompallier. The Anniversary Mass is celebrated each year at Totara Point. Can’t go away on pilgrimage? A labyrinth or day retreat can also be a great option. You could make your own labyrinth or visit a labyrinth at Devonport or Grey Lynn.
For pilgrimage resources go to iPrepare.
|It’s a new year. Do you have new members in your group? Games and activities that have people getting to know each other are important so that you get to know new people and they get to know exiting members of the group. A couple of our favs are:
Gifts: a resource that lets people identify and share their own gifts.
Meeting Activities: Includes two “get to know each other” type activities.
The beginning of a new year is also a good time to reach out and invite others to join your youth community. Here are some evangelisation ideas.
|Lent is often a good time to build some outreach/service into your programme. Called to Action is a faith formation experience designed for 13-17 year olds. This two-part programme encourages participants to learn about Catholic Social teaching (pick from one of seven Catholic Social teaching themes) and explore justice issues through the eyes of their faith. The programme gives participants an opportunity to engage in a service experience in their own community.
Themes of Lent gives you a one-page summary of key themes for the Lenten season.
|At the Easter Vigil Mass we often renew our baptismal promises but what do we really believe? The iBelieve resource explores this question line by line through the Apostles’ Creed. This resource is comprised of nine sessions, seven
of which explore particular aspects of the Apostles’
Creed. The first and last sessions help to introduce
and tie-up the ideas in the programme. Each session contains relevant scripture, prayer and a song. These are followed by one or two activities which help to break open the theme of the session, and a tool for incorporating aspects of the theme
into prayer and life.
|Mother Mary is often a focus in May. Check out our Mary resource for session ideas. Or check Faith Central for Mary – Woman of Faith.
1 May is International Workers Day so May is a great month to look at the dignity of all work and the rights of all workers.
|World Environment Day – 5 June
World Day against Child Labor (12 June)
Week of Action: Refugees and Migrants (17-24 June)
ACYM: Refugees – activities and discussion points from Refugee Sunday at
Birthday of Suzanne Aubert (19 June)
| 14-15 July
|World Youth Day Auckland. As we journey towards WYD Auckland we remember the theme of this year is “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30). If you would like to explore this theme with your young people in preparation for WYD Auckland we recommend Fearless (Resource 8 of Young People YOU Are the Church of Today).|
|Caring Sunday: a time to care for local families and communities who struggle with the effects of poverty|
|Building on WYD Auckland and as we journey towards the International Synod on Young People, the Faith and Discernment of Vocation we recommend the resources from Young People YOU Are the Church of Today.
National Vocations Awareness Week is 5-12 August. If you would like to explore vocation in the context of finding one’s place in the world today take a look at Resource 7 of Young People YOU Are the Church of Today.
Hiroshima (focus on anti-nuclear Aotearoa New Zealand) – 6 August
Feast of St Mary of the Cross – 8 August
International Day of Indigenous – 9 August
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Holy Day of Obligation, Patronal Feast for New Zealand – 15 August
Cancer Society Daffodil Day (Last Friday of August)
|1 September||Random Acts of Kindness Day|
|1 September – 4 October||Season of Creation|
|First Sunday in Sept||Father’s Day|
|10-16 September||Te Reo Māori Wiki|
|9-15 September||Social Justice Week
Caritas activities and teachings
Catholic Social Teaching videos
|October||In October we often focus on care of the environment.
Care of Creation is a resource from our Called to Action programme.
Young people are coming to the ‘business end’ of the academic year. Content that supports them at this time of year like exam/study techniques and writing prayers of faithful or just chilling over a movie can all be good options.