“Kayaking was really fun.  It was great to be with my friends and muck around.  We fell off, abandoned ship and got completely soaked. Best day ever!”  – Liliana from North Beach Parish gives high praise of her Youth Groups Kayaking adventure.

On Saturday October 10, youth from The Link and Junior Disciples, two parish youth groups of Our Lady of Grace North Beach, had an amazing  day kayaking on the Swan River. The paddle with friends was followed by a beautiful Mass in the park.

Julia who at284_9tended the event says she was “lucky enough to participate in a fun and exciting Kayaking trip in the river at Bassendean”.  She continued, “We had an enjoyable experience which was capped off by a beautiful outdoor mass undertaken by Father Patrick. The day made our Youth Group more cohesive and we felt very blessed.”

Having fun together with friends during the school holidays was the idea behind the event. Kayaking at this time of year was a bit risky with unpredictable October weather. Thankfully the stormy weather was predicted for later in the day and the group enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on the water.

The Sandy Beach reserve in Bassendean was an ideal spot to launch onto the Swan River with flat water and not too strong a current. 14 young people paddled in double and single kayaks along the route lead by two experienced dads. In the meantime one of the senior youth and a mum were p
272_1reparing a sausage sizzle in the park. Father Patrick didn’t want to get wet and renounced going on the water but celebrated a very special mass under a shady tree.

The outdoor mass and sausage sizzle was a great treat after the paddling explained Liliana, “I liked having mass outdoors in a relaxed, natural setting.  Father Patrick told us it was the first outdoor mass he had said.  The BBQ was nice, sausages and three different types of sauces were the perfect combination!”

The young people were grateful to youth coordinator Coris for organising the event and are looking forward to similar events in the future.

“Coris did a great job organising the day.  I would love to do something like this again” explained Liliana.

Anyone interested in connecting with OLG North Beach parishes youth ministry could contact Coris at