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The Southern Cross : April 2012
Page 4 April 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news A Catholic youth group aimed at tweens in the southern deanery is hoping to foster future leaders for young adult youth ministries, like Antioch, while forging stronger links between school and parish as part of the diocesan-led Leap Ahead trial. Mission Ignition's first gathering last month at the Noarlunga/Seaford Parish saw a dozen 11 to 15-year-olds from the southern Adelaide suburbs join together in games, crafts, discussion and reflection with coordinators Ewa and Adam Starrs. "Mission Ignition is designed to get young people together and have some fun and really learn about God and start a bit of formation and leadership so that those older-aged groups already established have greater sustainability in the future," says Ewa. "It is an opportunity for young kids to get to know other youth who come from a life of faith, as well as inviting kids who are not exposed to a life of faith." A new youth group on Kangaroo Island is also being formed, which will have strong links with Mission Ignition and similar groups on the mainland. Ewa says Mission Ignition gives a voice to younger Catholics often too young to join Catholic youth groups, as well as giving them the confidence to grow as leaders within the church. Mission Ignition has evolved from the Leap Ahead program initiated as a trial by the Adelaide Archdiocese last year in parts of the southern deanery in a bid to create a more vibrant Catholic community in life, worship and evangelisation. St John the Apostle Catholic School principal Frank DeTullio says students from the Christies Beach primary school are being encouraged to learn more about the new youth group, as well as offering some of the school's resources. "We are offering resources, like photocopying fliers and use of sports equipment, to help get the group off the ground and keep it a sustainable project," says Mr DeTullio. The resource sharing is evidence of a strengthening of already strong ties between the parishes and the seven schools in the Leap Ahead pilot area. Frequent meetings between the principals and parish leaders have created a strong platform for future reform to better utilise parish and education services, assets and resources. "The dialogue has been very important because we now have a deeper understanding of the needs of the parish as a whole," said Emmaus Catholic School principal Anne Donnelly. "The school community is so important and whilst not so many of our families are involved in wider parish life, I think we are trying to create more and more connections for that to happen." A report on the longer and short term recommendations made by the five Leap Ahead parish sub-committee groups is expected to be finalised soon before being sent to Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson. Mission Ignition will meet at St Luke's Church Meeting Hall on May 6, June 10, August 5, September 2, October 28 and December 2. For more information contact Ewa on 0430 151 496. Youth ready to take off By Rebecca DiGirolamo When you engage in Funeral ritual, you acknowledge life passed, give meaning to life lived, encounter your sense of loss, When someone we love dies, we touch the mystery of life changing, not ending. Life changing. Signature Service ... since 1867 Dedicated to Faith-centred Funerals (08) 8223 5879 Phone Any time Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. www.frankjsiebert.com.au 100% South Australian family owned Proprietor & Manager B Siebert Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert and your journey of grieving. READY TO LEAD: Mission Ignition coordinator Ewa Starrs with some of the newly-formed youth group's younger members from St John the Apostle Catholic School. Photo: Nat Rogers 12.30 to 2.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12.30 to 2.30pm Reconciliation (also following the 3pm Mass) 1to3pm Rosary, Divine Mercy Reflections, Silent Adoration, Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Benediction, 3 o'clock prayer 3to4pm The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Celebrant: Archbishop Philip Wilson 4to5pm Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image. (Please bring petitions which will be offered up during Mass.) Further information: Mary Bugeja 8210 8123 or John Luttrell 8210 8220 Please bring your family and friends. Divine Mercy Feast Day Sunday April 15 St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Wakefield St, Adelaide