Reaching out to young parishioners

Engaging young people in Church - particularly those from Generation Y and Z - was high on the agenda when parish pastoral councillors of Brisbane archdiocese met recently.

Generation Y is generally known as the 17-34-year-olds of today while Generation Z are considered as those born from 1995 onwards.

Organiser and ministry development officer for the Brisbane archdiocese's Faith and Life Vicariate Judy Norris said it was made more significant by the number of guests attending.

"The significant thing about the day was that all parishioners interested in the issue of engaging youth in the Church today were invited to accompany their pastoral council members to the event," she said.

Ipswich associate pastor Father Paul Catchlove - who said he was part of "Generation X" - gave the day's main address.

Father Catchlove said "young people have a thirst for knowledge".

Saying "it's the parish community's responsibility to provide catechesis and other opportunities for young people to put faith into action", Fr Catchlove gave specific examples of such opportunities.

"It's critically important to show young people that faith isn't just seen as something done one hour on a Sunday," he said.

"We need to teach them how to pray ... (and to realise) no one form of prayer works for every young person.


Reaching out to young parishioners (Catholic Leader)

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