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Introducing Catholic Youth Parramatta's

“Elements” is a new 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 Qwayne on
Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy. 
- St. Isidore of Seville

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

O my God, I am sorry for having offended you. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have offended you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

This prayer or a similar one is usually said before you are absolved by the Priest during confession. It is a powerful prayer that propels us back into our lives with a hope that leads us to continue to strive for holiness. Confession is not always the easiest sacrament to visit. It's even harder when we are not sure about what we will expect or when we do not understand why our priests have been given the power to forgive our sins. 

In this edition, we provide you with resources to help you and your group explore the Sacrament of Confession more deeply. We hope that it will encourage more young people to be vulnerable before God and accept His mercy - a mercy that is never ending, unconditional and new every morning. 
1. Confession Explained - A video by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond - a drawing style video with an engaging narrator.

2. Lesson 10: The Power of Confession on the Chosen Series -  a video with Fr Mike.

3. How to make a good confession by LifeTeen - a teenage friendly article on how to make a good confession.

4. Pope to youth: Go to confession! - an encouragement to young people.
5. Examination of Conscience for Youth - a PDF that you may wish to use with your group.

6. Examination of Conscience for Children  - for your younger youth based of the 10 commandments.

7. What Must I Do? The Sacrament and Young Adults - a deeper explanation and questions to ponder.

Holy Role Models 

St John Vianney was known to have listened to many confessions during his time as a priest, spending 11 to 12 hours each day offering the Sacrament of Confession to people. He is the partron Saint of parish priests. Learn more about him by clicking the link below. 
During the Year of Youth, we have been tapping into youth stories in our Diocese. Check out our latest story. Paul Fram is a Minister at Baulkham Hills and he recently shared with us the importance of brotherhood of in his life. Click the link below for more on his story.
Prayer is an essential part of your meetings. In this section we suggest a prayer or a creative way to engage in prayer to encourage young people to deepen their prayer lives. This may include songs, guided prayers or meditations. This month, we have a song we believe is perfect for reflection. 
Lifted! Breakfast with the Bishop!
We need your voice and experience especially this Year of Youth, as our Bishop opens up a space to listen to your concerns and answers your questions on life and faith. Register your parish youth by clicking the link below.
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