Within a span of two weeks during the last weeks of October, Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) Staff engaged with over 350 high school students at three different schools across the Archdiocese.
From the 21st to the 23rd of October, CYM staff ministered to 160 Year 8 students at John the XXIII College, tackling the theme of “God does not Make Rubbish”. Each day were catered to different Year 8 students. Students were challenged and encouraged to appreciate themselves, the people around them and God’s creation through talks, testimonies and creative activities that were engaging, such as dressing them up as super heroes accompanied by a skit and writing affirmations for their friends. Each day concluded with a simple explanation of the Mass which was followed by an actual Celebration of the Eucharist.
On the 28th of October, Mater Dei College conducted a Social Justice Day and invited CYM to take part by giving a session based on Making Good Decision in a Secular Society. The 80 Year 11 students were firstly tested on their appreciation and contentment of what they have in their lives with an activity called Life Auction. The bible verse “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” was then addressed to the group to help the students realise that they can trust in God’s plan for them, this was then followed by a touching testimony by a team member. The day ended with a reflecting song popularised by the Swedish House Mafia titled, Don’t You Worry Child sung by the CYM Team.
Lastly, CYM attended to their last school’s assignment and journeyed to St Joseph’s College, Northam on the 31st of October. In this last leg of the school’s ministry, the CYM Team ministered to a group of enthusiastic and eager Year 7 students. The theme tackled was on Transitions in Life and Faith. Focusing on finding out who they are, what they can do to live their faith, and learning to journey with people in their lives. The day also consisted of interactive games and activities such as the maze of life and human bingo. The theme song for the day that the students enjoyed singing was the classic song Lean on Me, accompanied by some quirky actions. The song was also the finale of the retreat to end our two weeks of adventure, laughter, stress and most of all FUN!