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Introducing Catholic Youth Parramatta's
ELEMENTS


“Elements” is an online initiative by Catholic Youth Parramatta which offers content for youth ministers to use in their respective parishes, schools and movements. It will be distributed monthly.
We look forward to seeing how Elements grows with you. If you wish to discuss the content of this initiative further, contact Liam on liam.agius@parracatholic.org

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
- Philippians 4:8

TRUTH, GOODNESS, AND BEAUTY

 
In the beginning, "God created man, He made him in the likeness of God male and female He created them." (Gen 5:1-2.) Why do we long for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty? Because we were made by God, who is the ultimate Truth Goodness and Beauty. 

We always seek what is True, Good and Beautiful. Even those who don't know God seek these, although their understanding of what is True Good and Beautiful may be distorted. Nevertheless when we follow what is objectively True, Good and Beautiful; we will ultimately get to God. He is what our Hearts truly long for.

These resources will help you with planning your next youth meeting on the topic of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (known as the Transcendentals).
Happy planning!


Videos:
Today Fr. Mike unpacks the three Transcendentals; Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and why and how our hearts can be misled by emotion and feelings at times which distorts these fundamental realities.
There's a strange misconception we have these days when it comes to our perception of truth, goodness, and beauty. We acknowledge their importance in life, but then we often go on believing they're relative. This often leads to us settling for things that are not as true, good, and beautiful as they could be. Matt Fradd discusses how a great deal of what we consume—whether it be media, food, or some other enjoyment—actually falls short of the true fulfillment we can receive from something that passionately pursues the true, the good and the beautiful. Then he suggests some things that do offer that fulfillment.
Eminent scholar of aesthetics Roger Scruton raises important questions about the individual's relationship with morality and the arts.


 Podcasts on God’s Plan:
In the talk, Bishop Barron looks at the intellectual matrix that has made the army of the disaffiliated possible, namely, what Charles Taylor calls the culture of the “buffered self,” the ego cut off from any living contact with the transcendent. Then, using the three great transcendentals—the good, the true, and the beautiful—as his framework, he proposes ways to break through the buffered self and to open the restless heart to a consideration of God and the things of God.


Blogs on God’s Plan:
"It is easy to find truth, though it is hard to face it, and harder still to follow it.
- Blessed Fulton J. Sheen
Youth Group Activity Idea:

Set-Up:

  • No special materials are required to play this game, making it convenient and free to play.

How to play Extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors:

  1. Have each member of the group pair up for the first round of rock, paper, scissors. If there is an odd number, add the odd person out to another pair and have them do a quick knock-out match to form a pair. Alternatively, you can ask for a volunteer to participate as a referee with you.
  2. Everyone should be in pairs. Ask them to play 3 games, and the best 2 out of 3 will be the winner. You should act as a referee during this time in case there are any disputes or confusions.
  3. Instruct the losers of the first match to start cheering the name of the person who beat them and following that person around to their next game.
  4. Have all the winners pair up and face off against each other while the ones they beat are cheering for them. When one winner beats the other, all the people behind the losing player should start cheering for the winning player.
  5. Repeat this process in elimination, tournament style, until there are only two players left. Each should have a large group of people cheering them on from their previous wins. Let them play the final match. The game is over after one player wins the final match.
  6. (Optional): If you have an odd number of people and you want to reset the game and play again, have the winner of the last game stand aside as a referee with you to give another player the chance to win instead.

Winning the game:

The last person standing in this tournament is the winner. They must not lose against any player from the beginning to the end of the game. At the end, the winning player should have all the other players cheering for them.

Lesson:
Use this game as a teaching lesson to the youth: In this game, we followed the person who beat us. But sometimes this leads to use losing as the person we are cheering for loses. In life when we follow only the desires of our heart we can get mislead: this is why it is important to place our desires in line with what is True and Good. When we follow what is True, Good and Beautiful: this will lead us to God. As He is the ultimate Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
Holy Role Models: Saint Martin De Porres
3rd of November
Martin De Porres is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ST MARTIN DE PORRES HERE!
Words of Wisdom: Ian Epondulan
Ian Epondulan is a graduate from Parramatta Marist High and completed a Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) and Master of Public Health (MPH) at The University of Sydney. Outside of work, you can find him playing basketball or learning how to be a good father of twin boys, Julian and Maximilian. As a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Seven Hills, Ian is actively involved in the music ministry with his wife Michelle, and youth ministry as a leader of the Lourdes Young Adults Group, which meet every 2nd Friday of the month.

Here is Ian's message to fellow youth leaders: "You never know who will accept the invitation to come along to your event. That person’s “Yes” is because they want to seek Christ more and see you as a witness of the Faith and want to be a part of that journey and mission. The Mass is the highest form of prayer and I encourage you if you can, to attend a daily Mass on top of your regular Sunday Mass. Some days, the Church celebrates a feast day of a Saint, and we can learn more about the Saints as we are guided by their example and aspire to be like them. Praying constantly and fervently has brought my relationship closer to Christ, my family and friends; it is the key to keep us going in our own ministries to serve others in the community."
Prayer of the Month: Holy Souls
November is the month of the Holy Souls!

Dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven.

The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought "well and religiously concerning the resurrection." It was believed that "they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them" and that "it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into Heaven.
 
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HOLY SOULS HERE!
Leaders commissioning Mass
20th of November
What a year!
 
We're excited to invite all youth leaders across the Diocese of Parramatta who have been part of leading, guiding, facilitating and serving young people in their local communities.
 
We're thanking and celebrating you with Bishop Vincent over a meal at The Marsden Brewhouse!
 
We have 50 spots, with 30 already reserved. Be sure to RSVP your full names, DOB and any dietary requirements by 30 November 2022.
 
RSVP:qwayne.guevara@parracatholic.org
MORE DETAILS HERE!

Get Your Game On: Beach Ball Icebreaker!

Description:
  • A great game for youth members to get to know more about one another.

What you need:
  • Beach Ball
  • Permanent Marker

What to prep:
  • Use a permanent marker to write a question on each panel of a blow-up beach ball.

Method:
  • Standing or sitting in a circle, students throw or roll the ball to someone else.
  • When students receive the ball, they answer the question that is facing them. Then they pass or roll the ball to someone else.
 
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