Young people from Our Lady of the Mission, Whitfords Parish celebrated World Communications Day on June 1st. The Sunday evening Mass was followed by a talk and discussion in the parish hall.
Before Mass, young people were given intention cards. After writing their prayer petitions the cards were placed on a table near the altar, symbolizing the young people connecting with God in a tangible way. During the liturgy youth served as readers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and brought up the offertory. A personal testimony was given by Youth Leader Alexander Woloszyn , who inspired the congregation with his faith journey.
Young people were invited back to the parish hall, for a talk and discussion by Anita Parker from Catholic Youth Ministry. Drawing from the Pope’s Communications day message Anita spoke about Social media; using it effectively, the need for prayer in a culture of internet activism as well as the need for real inter-personal relationships beyond the virtual.
Youth participant Briar Walker said ‘The speech on communication helped us see the importance of keeping up face to face relationships, as sometimes we become lazy and use text messages or Facebook messages instead. It was a great way for us the work together and discuss an important issue in today’s society’ .