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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 Robyn on robyn.bailey@parracatholic.org.
If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. - St Teresa of Avila

From Stagnation to Oasis: The Search for Renewal


As we welcome the new year, we often hope that we will change certain behaviours or habits to become a better person. In the marathon that 2022 will be, how will we place purpose in every step?

A secret ingredient that will help us flourish in our new years resolutions or commitments of renewal is accountability and community. Keeping your desire for change a secret can be tricky, as can be tempting to bury it in the back of our heads. It can almost taunt us as it reminds us of what we wanted to achieve. Instead, by creating commitments of renewal with likeminded people, those we are journeying with or perhaps our family, and giving them permission to check in on it, can increase our chance in achieving healthy change! 

Let January be the start of a year blessed in renewal as we journey together in creating a firm foundation in Jesus.
 

Podcasts:

  • FRG Catholic Influencers Podcast- Share your Hope (Available on Spotify): A great tool for reflection on where you are at with your relationship with Jesus. 
  • The Genius Podcast - The Power of the Ordinary (Available on Spotify): From 10:00 mark - what might be making you stagnant in your daily life? 

Videos:

Blogs:



 
“God’s love shows itself just as well in the simplest soul which puts up no resistance to His grace as it does in the loftiest soul.”
Story of a Soul by St Therese of Lisieux


 
 

Youth Group Activity Idea:
Developing a Commitment in Your Relationship with Jesus

Reflecting can help us to see gaps in our lives that we could fill and prayer can often highlight how Jesus wishes us to fill it. Let us reflect on how our relationship with Jesus is and how we can transform stagnation into an oasis in our prayer life. 

The following exercise can be done as a prayer or reflection exercise followed up with small groups or a group discussion. Below are some questions that might help facilitate this reflection with our young people. It can be concluded by a young person reading out loud their commitment to a youth leader or to their small group, depending on your group, as vocalising this can assist in be motivation in actualising their desire. Finally, end the small group or youth group with an encouragement to frequently look over this commitment of renewal and create opportunities to check in on how they are journeying with it. 


Guiding Questions:

Reflect about what you desire to transform or to produce new life. What is it that you know that you could do more in? Why do you want to change or desire more in your relationship with Jesus? What do you want this to look like in the future? What are some practical steps in achieving this? 

Example:

Currently, I go to mass every Sunday but I couldn’t tell you what the readings were or what the homily was about. I just stare ahead and all of a sudden mass is over and I go home. I want to become better at focusing on mass and in understanding one message from the readings. I think this will help me learn more about Jesus and scripture, something I am not confident in. To do this, I will commit to starting a mass journal to mass on Sundays where I can write a phrase or some words that might stand out to me from the readings and homily.

Saint of the Month:
St Fabian

Feast Day: 20th January 

As the Church was preparing to elect a new pope, Fabian came into the city from his farm. History says that a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian; a sign that united votes and he was chosen unanimously. Fabian courageously accepted this surprising turn in his life and faithfully led the Church for 14 years before he was persecuted and died a martyr's death.

We too can find ourselves in the position of St Fabian of being chosen by God for a certain purpose or mission that could seem daunting or scary. With eyes of faith, let us remember that God equips the called (Hebrews 13:21) and His strength flows through us when we are united in prayer with Him. 

REFLECTION ON ST FABIAN
Feel Motivated?
Do you feel inspired to make a commitment and receive real accountability in your prayer life in 2022? Then let's do this together! Click on the link below to get in contact with Robyn for a chat.
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January Devotion:
For True Human Fraternity

Every time we begin the Rosary, we say ‘Our Father’ for the Pope’s Intention. In January, the Pope’s intention is for true human fraternity. Let us offer some time in prayer for Pope Francis’ intention in a rosary or mass this month! 

We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

2022 POPE FRANCIS' MONTHLY INTENTIONS
Looking for Inspiration for Planning Youth Groups?
We have previous editions of Elements ready to go full of  themes and tips to get you started in 2022! Each edition has prayer ideas, ice breaker games, and lots of resources to help you in planning a successful night! Still unsure where to go or what to do on a youth night? Get connected with CYP to get more tips and inspiration!
ELEMENTS RESOURCES

Get Your Game On: Roaming Pictionary

Set Up: 

  • Butchers paper or something to draw on
  • Markers or Pens
  • A list of random words ranging from easy to hard 
Aim of the Game: 
  • To be the group that finishes the list first or completes the most amount of words before time runs out.

Method:
  • Divide the group into even groups and distribute paper and markers.

  • Get one person from each group (Runner) to receive the first word from the person with the list of words (Roamer). They then go back, without talking or writing the word, to draw the word for the rest of the group to guess.

  • Once someone in the group guesses correctly, they then come to the Roamer to say their guess. If correct, they get the next word. If incorrect, they are turned back.

  • Between runners, the Roamer moves around the room and hides to confuse the next runner.

  • This continues until a group finishes the list or completes the most amount of words before time runs out.

Tips:
  • Random words generators are great for creating word lists

  • Be creative of where you hide in the room.

  • Add an extra person with a fake list with no words written on it to confuse the groups of who to go to. Swap the lists between the two roamers for added confusion and fun.

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