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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
"I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.”
- Saint Faustina

Kick Starting 2019

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful time with loved ones over the Christmas season. We want to kick start your year by providing you a list of resources that you can visit to help you prepare for ministry this year. We all know that finding new websites or channels, apps or musicians can be difficult. So, we've spent some time to collate the ones we've been turning to. Whenever you think you need to find a good resource online, jump back onto this edition of Elements!

Here's a list of our 5 recommendations for each category - with some help from you. Thank you!

  1. Institute for Mission - The Institute for Mission offers a range of online resources, a library and study space and programs that you can tap into through the year. Another bonus about the IFM is that they are based right in Blacktown!
  2. Xt3 - Xt3 was set up into 2008 inspired by WYD08. The team produces amazing content that you can access through their website or YouTube channel. 
  3. LifeTeen - LifeTeen posts relevant blogs and youth ministry advice to help leaders just like you plan a youth meeting. Check out their social media content too! 
  4. Ascension Presents - The team at Ascension presents are articulate and knowledgeable. Content is easy to understand and the production value is wonderful. Great resource if you're looking for quick videos answering tough questions about faith. 
  5. Saint Mary's Press - Suggested lesson plans and outlines are available to be downloaded through this website. Be sure to use search tools to help you navigate through the range of information. 
  1. Pints with Aquinas - Australian, Matt Fradd, explores all things faith and life on this podcast inspired by St Thomas Aquinas. He invites many prominent Catholic figures to witness and share their understanding of complex faith issues.
  2. Catholic Answers - All the questions and topics you may or may not have thought about, this podcast has it all. 
  3. Abiding Together -  Three close friends discuss faith, life and relationships. They seek to journey with you! 
  4. Word on Fire - A range of different content that focuses on beauty, truth and goodness as ways of reaching to those far from faith. 
  5. All things Catholic - He has visited Australia before thanks to Parousia Media. Check out Dr Edward Sri's podcast and find the answers to your faith questions. 
Artists & Musicians 
  1. Gus and Iggy - This Australian pair have been around for a while. Check out their great sounds online! 
  2. Ike Ndolo - The soulful sounds of Ike are perfect to use for a reflection session at your next youth meeting.
  3. Renewal in Motion - These friars will amaze you with their talents! Explore their music and share them with your team. 
  4. Matt Maher - We all know Matt Maher! Stay tuned as he continues to create music that sings of God's goodness. 
  5. Audrey Assad - Beautifully written lyrics that convey God's mercy and love. Audrey Assad is passionate about sharing her encounters with Jesus through music. 
  1. Pray as you go - Daily meditations to help you pray through your day.
  2. FocusEquip - A range of online resources, blogs and pieces aimed at making planning easier for you. 
  3. Laudate - Need the daily Mass readings (and more)? This app is for you. Reflections included! Perfect for sharing with your team.
  4. Reimagining The Examen - Reflecting on our day is important in our growth. Use this app to guide you in the Ignatius way.
  5. Diocese of Parramatta - Mass times? Adoration? Reconciliation? Find times and locations through our Diocesan app PLUS all the latest news and updates happening in the Diocese that you can share with your team. 
We are in for another big year! Are you ready? 
Holy Role Models 
We're heading to Mexico as part of our WYD Pilgrimage and will be visiting Our Lady of Guadalupe. The amazing story of Our Lady has captured the hearts of millions. Learn about the woman who converted Mexico to Catholicism! 
Join us!
For those of you who will be in Sydney during WYD, you are invited to bring your family, friends and youth group to a local WYD event. If you are interested, please RSVP by visiting the link below.
Prayer Requests
We're leaving on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 and we would love to pray for you and your ministry. If there is anything you wish to share for us to bring to all sacred sites we visit, feel free to email us! We are more than happy to pray for you. While we are away, feel free to follow our journey here:
CYP 2019 Calendar! 
Keen to know all Diocesan youth activities in the coming year? Download the CYP calendar directly from our website. You'll see there's a few new events to watch out for. Lock the dates in your calendar! If you are keen to discuss all things ministry, leadership and formation, we're here for you. Email Qwayne - - today and set up a time to meet. Let's make 2019 the best year yet - together! 
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