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“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.
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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Jeremiah 29:11

God’s Plan

Did you know God has a plan for your life? How amazing and beautiful! The Creator of the universe has a unique plan for your life! Sometimes It may be difficult to trust in His plan when life’s struggles come. Still, we must remember He has “plans to prosper us, and not to harm us, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). He has a great ultimate plan for our lives; perfect happiness with Him for eternity. We must stand firm and trust in His plan for us and His way of getting us there, through the great joys and also the sorrows of life.

Below are some helpful videos, podcasts and blogs on God’s plan for us. They also cover topics such as 'how to discern His great plan for our lives.' These resources will help you with planning your next youth meeting. Happy planning!

Father Mike Schmitz offers some clarity regarding God’s will in our lives. He directs us to the story of Israel’s desert wanderings in the Old Testament and the Annunciation to Mary in the Gospels, describing how even the tribes of Israel and Mary had to be content with the uncertainty of God’s will at times. Father Mike also teaches how we can discern God’s will even in the silence.
Today Fr. Mark-Mary is joined by Sr. Maria Regina, S.V. the Vocations Director for the Sisters of Life, to talk about the foundations for discernment. (This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series on discernment.)
Sister Maris Stella tells the story of how she found her vocation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville. Beforehand she had a comfortable life with many friends, was in college and had a boyfriend. But when she chose the religious life, she began the greatest adventure of her life.

 Podcasts on God’s Plan:
This broadcast is a part of Sheen’s series “Peace” and the talk is entitled “Peace: Trust in God’s Plan.”
This is NOT a How to Discern episode. It’s much closer to the foundation. What does the “will of God” even mean? What about “surrendering my life to God”? Discernment isn’t a calculation or program or roadmap, it’s not a “do this and do that and God’s mystery in your life will be revealed.” It’s wanting to trust in this relationship with God, and, through that, wanting to let go of our own preferences. It diminishes our selfish desires.

Blogs on God’s Plan:
"Lay all your cares about the future trusting in God's hands, and let yourself be guided by the Lord just like a little child.
- Saint Edith Stein

Youth Group Activity Idea:


  • 1 roll of masking tape (or use cones)
  • An assortment of items can be used as obstacles, such as chairs, desks or cones.
  • 1 blindfold

Course Set Up:

  • Create an obstacle course and mark a start and finish line with the tape (cones or rope can also be used). Items used as obstacles should be spread out and kept away from anything that could potentially cause risk to the active participant (such as walls, and tree branches).


  • One team member is selected to navigate through the obstacle course. (Note: You may wish to demonstrate the path at this point). The team member will be blindfolded and totally dependent upon teammates to complete the course.
  • Teams are given 3 minutes to discuss and develop a non-verbal communication (such as 1 clap means turn right) that will guide the blindfolded participant safely through the obstacle course. Give blindfolded participants a maximum of 3 minutes to successfully complete the course before switching.
  • If a blindfolded participant touches an obstacle, they must stop and return back to the start point and switch with another person in the team. To increase the difficulty of the challenge, after each unsuccessful attempt or completion to cross, move some of the obstacles around resulting in a new course.
  • You can do this activity as one big group or you can split the team into smaller sub-teams and get them to race against each other (with a maximum of 3 on the course at once). The team who’s blindfolded participant completes the obstacle course first, wins the challenge.

Use this game as a teaching lesson to the youth: Sometimes we don't see where God is taking us, but "we walk by faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)." Although in the moment we can not see where we are headed, He will guide us along the way: God and His Saints guiding us on the path of life.
Holy Role Models: Saint Therese of Lisieux 1st of October
How is it that a young French girl who entered the convent at 15 years old and died at only 24 years old would become a Doctor of the Church? How is it that on her deathbed her own convent sisters thought her life was so unremarkable that they struggled to write her obituary?
Words of Wisdom: Judith-Grace Vella
Judith-Grace Vella, is a graduate from Mount St Benedict College, currently studying Law and Psychology at Macquarie University. Whenever Judith-Grace is not studying or working, you can find her knitting, and going for walks. As a parishioner at Our Lady of the Rosary, Judith-Grace is actively involved in youth ministry at OLOR Kellyville. 

Here is Judith-Grace's message to fellow youth leaders: "Sometimes the turn-out won't be what we anticipated, and the game we meticulously planned won't fly. Disappointing, yes. But take heart in the impact of what you do and who you are on the young people we serve, the ramifications of which you may never even realise. You have said yes to nurturing the Church of now and the future. Don't ever lose sight of how special that is."
Prayer of the Month: The Rosary
October is the month of the Holy Rosary!
Learn about the Holy Rosary and why we pray it below!
Lifted Live in the Forecourt
22nd of October
It's back! Our annual Diocesan youth festival is here with all your favourite elements and more. Experience the diversity and vibrancy of our Church!

LIFTED Live in the Forecourt showcases the incredible talent and generosity of young people across our Diocese. On the Feast Day of Saint John Paul II,
the founder of our Diocese,
we're excited to celebrate young people!

All are welcome! Invite your family, friends and community and lets celebrate the joy of our young Church in the
Diocese of Parramatta.

What to expect:
  • Live Performances
  • Stalls
  • Adoration & Prayer
  • Games
  • Fun Activities
  • Competitions
  • Much more!

St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta
7PM to 10PM

Get Your Game On: Ping Pong Ball Frenzy

A great game that keeps your players running but also takes some strategy. Teams will try to collect ten ping-pong balls, but each team can steal at any time!

What you need:
  • Ping-pong balls. You will need about fifty ping-pong balls for this game.
  • Boxes/buckets. You will need five total boxes or buckets for this game. One box/bucket will need to be big enough to hold all of your ping pong balls at one time.

What to prep:
  • Boxes. You will need to place one box at each corner of the playing area. Next, place the box filled with all the ping pong balls in the centre of your playing area.

  • Split into teams. Split your group into two/four equal teams (depending on the number of players). Have teams line up in a straight line by their team’s box.
  • On “Go,” the first runner from each team will run to the centre box and grab one ball and bring it back to their team’s box.
  • Once the ball is in the box the next player can go.
  • This is where the strategy comes into play as the next player can either go to the centre to get another ball or can grab a ball from another team’s box. The goal is to be the first team with ten balls in their box. Keep sending one player at a time until this goal is completed, the first team to do this wins!
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