Young People, You Are the Church

Theme for 2017 and 2018

The Auckland Diocesan theme for 2017 and 2018 is ‘Young People, You Are the Church of Today’.

Below you will find seven resources that speak to mission, discipleship, community, communication, leadership and vocation.  The resources support our preparations the the Youth Synod in October 2018 and link to our pastoral plan Fit for Mission.

If your parish, group or region would like a complimentary introduction to these resources (or a train the trainer style session where your leaders are introduced to these resources) please contact Teresa in the ACYM office ( or phone 360 3021/021 649 012).

Auckland Diocesan Youth Synod

Thanks to everyone who responded to the online survey that ran in 2017.   The report from that survey has been sent to Pope Francis in Rome.  You can read the report by downloading the file below:

Research Report

Thanks to all those who attended the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival.  In the final session you contributed ideas to the Taking it Home session.   Click below to see the combined notes from that sessions.

Taking it Home – last session of Festival – Auckland results

Thanks too, to those who participated in the Chill with Bishop session in August 2017.   The collated responses from that session can be downloaded from below:

Chill with Bishop Pat – Collated responses and report

Use Your Voice ! In preparation for the Auckland Diocesan Synod in April, young people between ages 16-29 are invited to join us for the regional assemblies. Ideally we would have four young people from each parish/group join us. This is an exciting time to be in involved as this Synod could shape the way we do ministry in the Auckland Diocese.

These are:

City/Central/West/North Shore on Sunday, 4 March, 1-6pm at Christ the King, Owairaka. Join the Facebook event.

**Please note there has been a change in date for the South/East Synod.
South/East will now be held on Sunday, 8 April, St Anne’s Parish, Manurewa from 1pm to 6pm.

Up to four representatives from each parish, college, community and group are invited to either one of the assemblies.  Please RSVP with names, ages, email and mobile numbers of your representatives to Rochelle:  If you are a representative please take time to check the information that has been distributed ahead of the meeting.  You can download that from below:

Synod Information – for distribution February 2018

The Diocesan Youth Synod will be held on Sunday 22 April at St Peter’s College.   Every parish, college, community and group will be invited to send representatives to this gathering.   For more information please contact Rochelle or Teresa in the ACYM Office.

Synod Meeting on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

These resources link into the preparations for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment planned for October 2018.  For more information about this Synod go to:

Letter from Pope Francis.

Preparatory Document (including survey questions).

2017 11 – 1 Research Report for New Zealand research.

Pre-Synodal Meeting in March 2018.

Resources developed by ACYM team for leaders to use with their groups: 

Resource 1: What is Mission ?

Appendix For Resource 1: Flags










Resource 2: How do we live mission in today’s world?

Appendix For Resource 2: A3 sheet for prayer – Our mission as the Church (edit) and Cards for Humanity










Resource 3: Stepping out as a disciple

Appendix For Resource 3: Heads Up Cards and Work as Prayer









Resource 4: Belonging to Community

Appendix For Resource 4: Circles of my multicultural self