A very Youth-y Christmas

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A very Youth-y Christmas

Christmas is a very special time of year. It’s a time where we celebrate the joy of Christ’s coming with our families and loved ones. Plus, if we’re completely honest, we all love getting presents. It’s not often, though, that the Church in Australia gives ‘extra’ presents to one particular section of its faithful during Christmas.

This Christmas, the bishops of Australia have a special present prepared especially for the young people of our country. They have announced a ‘Year of Youth’ (YOY) which will run from December 2017 until November 2018. The YOY not only celebrates 10 years since the Sydney World Youth Day in 2008, but it’s a whole year where the Bishops have promised to focus most of their energy, time, planning and resources for – you guessed it – the young people!
This is huge, and what’s better is that our Archbishop is keen to make good on this promise by making this year bigger for the youth of Tasmania than any previous year. We’ve already had a perfect start to the YOY with over 100 young Tasmanians attending the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney. We will be running large events, pilgrimages, celebrations, talks, prayer opportunities, retreats, youth groups, social gatherings and plenty more for young people this coming year.

Most importantly, however, the Church wants to hear from young people. We want to learn about your experiences, what you love about the Church, what you feel needs to improve. How can we do more to make you a greater part of our faith community? What are your struggles, joys and thoughts? We want to know everything, because that’s what this year is about.

So don’t be afraid to give us your feedback. Let us know what you want us to do for you. Stay in touch with us via Facebook (Office of Youth Evangelisation – Tasmania), email us at youth@aohtas.org.au, or come visit us in the office for a cuppa. Whatever it be, feel free to be honest and tell us what presents you want this Christmas (and beyond) and we’ll do our best to deliver.

Young people of Tasmania, together with the bishops of Australia, I’d sincerely like to wish you all, a very merry Christmas!