Term 4 Connect

Term 4 Marist Connect - Sydney

Our latest Connect Night brought together schools in the MacArthur and Eastwood regions to focus on 'Caring for our common home.'

We delved into the hot topics of the day - the environmental issues taking place in our world. From rubbish, to degradation, fast fashion and food waste. We looked at how these issues relate to our own lives. How can we make a difference? 

We reflected on the life of St Francis and how he worked to see the value in all of creation and the recent encyclical from Pope Francis, Laudato Si. 

The students looked at the example of Marist school, Trinity Catholic College, Lismore and how they created the Trinity Sustainability Action Plan in a creative way to tackle their recycling. The students then worked on what they would take back to their school and what they will do during the #MYMEnviroChallenge coming up in November!

Cameron said of the MacArthur schools, 

"It was really great to see how the students connected their global concern for this common home, this gift from God, to their local areas and schools and how everything and everyone is ultimately interconnected." 

We look forward to seeing what the students take on next month!

The ideas in tweet form:

@StGregs: reducing the amount of food waste by coming up with the idea of making dedicated bins for organic waste (fruits etc.) that could be used to make compost and used on the farm

@JohnTherry: Tuesday Games! Each house participates in cleaning up the school for HOUSE POINTS in an attempt to rid John Therry of rubbish!

@MtCarmelCC: Environmentally friendly film fest. Send a promotional vid to raise awareness for the environment by the 25th of Nov. prizes will be given and the winning video will be shown at assembly #careforourcommonhome

@StPatsDundas: Waste management program. Colour coded house bis, music to initiate at the end of recess and lunch - clean up! Prize for best house at the end of November, Champagnat Cup

@ParramattaMarists: Sport clean up day! #greenthumbs

@MaristCollegeEastwood: Recycling bins in classroom, recycling in tech rooms, create environmental leaders#preachit #environment

More photos can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mymsyd

Author: Lucy Murrie

Pruning Retreat

Prayer, pruning, and community – that’s what 21 Young Marists from around Australia experienced on the annual Marist Youth Ministry Pruning Retreat for five days in July at The Hermitage in Mittagong. Facilitated by Br Darren Burge, we were introduced to new ways of contemplative prayer, put into practice while pruning the vines. It was a time of new friendships and finding nourishment and joyfulness in connecting with God. We look forward to the fruits of the harvest in our own hearts!

Anthony Mackett & Joseph McDonald

Marist CONNECT - Sydney

The Marist Youth Ministry team Sydney held its Marist CONNECT gathering on Friday 8th of May. CONNECT is an event that is held once a term for Marist schools around the same geographical areas. There are usually 3 Marist Connect gatherings at Eastwood, Randwick and Macarthur, but Term 2 was unique as it brought all the students together.

The evening proved to be a resounding success with over 60 students present from 12 different Marist Schools across Sydney. 

The theme of the night was inter-religious "Dialogue" with guest speakers from the Columban Mission Institute; Fr Patrick McInerney and Ms Ashleigh Green.

More photos can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mymsyd

Year 12 Forum - NSW/ACT

What an amazing weekend with Year 12 students at the NSW-ACT Marist Vocation Forum at the Hermitage, Mittagong. The forum was attended by about 40 students from around NSW featuring a number of interactive sessions and games led by Br Greg McDonald and Br Rod Thomson with the help of the MYM Team in Sydney.  Thanks to our wonderful guest presenters who shared their vocation stories with us.  Thanks also to all those teachers who were present.  Every blessing on these senior students as they seek to 'wake up the world' through the gift of their lives and future vocations.

Nehme Khattar

Marist Youth Festival 2015

We are excited to announce to you the news about our upcoming Marist Youth Festival, (#MYF15) to be held in Sydney on the 12-15 January, 2015. The title of the Festival is “JUST living: Hearts without Borders”. The Festival will include Year 12 students (Class of 2015) from Marist schools across Australia, but its main target participation will be young adults aged 18 to 25. Accommodation and meals for the event will be provided by Sancta Sophia College with students form Marist schools to be accommodated at St John’s College, at the University of Sydney. 

A letter has been sent to all Principals of Marist schools around Australia asking them to promote the festival and invite TWO Year 12 students (Class of 2015) to the Festival.  

 

The Festival will feature two international guest speakers: Brother Emili Turu fms, Superior General of the Marist Brothers from Rome, and Fr Greg Boyle SJ, founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries; as well as two prominent national speakers: Laura John, the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations in 2014 and Fr Rob Galea, a singer, songwriter and founder of Stronger Youth.

 

For more information please visit www.maristyouthfestival.com

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Welcome to Marist Youth Ministry Australia

Welcome to Marist Youth Ministry Australia

Marist Youth Ministry is one of Australia's largest Catholic youth ministries, with a young adult presence in every major capital city across the country. We are committed to fostering communities of faith-filled young people who are ready to enact real change in their world and find a home in the Church. We are about an inspired way of discipleship, which is giving young people a story to connect into, a community to belong to, a work to do, a way to pray, and a face of God to see.