Engaging in the Year of Youth

Tips for Parents

 The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018 beginning Advent, 3 December 2017 as the national Year of Youth.

Here are some tips that might be helpful to you, as parents to engage in the Year of Youth and encourage your children to deepen their faith.


3. Prioritise family time

Try to understand the issues and the struggles that your children face. Listen patiently without judgment.

4. Seek truth together

Be open to conversation. If you don’t know the answers to their questions, encourage them to join you in searching for the truth.

5. Encourage healthy friendship

Encourage your children to develop solid friendships with people who will support them in their Christian journey.

6. Invitation

Invite your children to participate actively in a parish and charitable activities.

7. Share your faith

Share your faith and/or conversion story with your children as well as the daily ways you see God working in your life.

8. Action

Strive to be an example of faith and virtue, as well as repentance and mercy when you or others fail to live up to that high standard.

9. Personal Prayer

Foster your own personal prayer life and frequent the sacraments. Be a model of prayer for your children.

10. Seek support

You’re not alone. Reach out to others for support. You have the Catholic faith community and services to back you up.