Pope Francis at the Rio WYD encouraged all pilgrims to “Go and make disciples of all the nations” Matt 28:19. At the Rio WYD is where a number of young people from Perth got to meet Fr Mark Payton. Time together with the young people was spent travelling, praying and hanging out too. At the time of WYD Fr Mark was the assistant priest at St Thomas More, Bateman and was accompanying the young adults from the Parish on the pilgrimage. Fr Mark has been very involved in both the young adults group and teens group at the Parish and was a great fit to take on the CYM chaplaincy in January of 2014.
Although his time at CYM has been brief (only 6 months), we knew from the outset that it would be a temporary placement, but one that would still be fruitful in continuing to build Youth Ministry in the diocese. During his 6 months Fr Mark has continued to lead the weekly 5:30pm Mass & 6:30pm Holy Hour, he also led the young adults through a Lenten program of “7 deadly sins, 7 lively virtues” by Fr Robert Barron. After Easter he has been giving a weekly Catechesis titled the ‘Way of Joy’ – A look into Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’. His time with CYM will conclude with sharing his ministry on the Stronger Teens retreat weekend in July.
Fr Mark’s gift of teaching and sharing the faith has been a strong focus of his chaplaincy at CYM, alongside his pastoral support for many young people in their faith journey. We are grateful for his ministry with the young people throughout the Archdiocese. Now Fr Mark embarks on a new appointment at St Mary’s Parish in Kalgoorlie. We know he will take the Rio WYD theme and continue to “Go and make disciples of all the nations” as he starts his new appointment. We thank Fr Mark for his ministry and our prayers go with him as he begins his country placement. His farewell gathering will be Wednesday 2nd July, after the 5:30pm Mass & 6:30pm Holy hour at CYM. Everyone is invited to join us on this night to say thank you and farewell to Fr Mark.