Youth Ministry 2017

Youth Ministry 2017

 Next weekend, this Parish begins a new chapter in its Youth Ministry – the Inigo Youth. Inigo Youth will provide an opportunity for High School-aged young people to come together once a fortnight, enjoying time with other young people from high schools around North Sydney, sharing in faith, outreach and music.

Next weekend, the 12th of February, we will have a Launch party at the Ron Dyer Centre, starting at 3.30pm. There will be food, drink, music, and maybe a cheeky water fight if the weather is good. If you have any children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews whom you would like to invite, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. We also have flyers at all churches for you to take home and register your interest online.

The Youth Group will have a central focus on ERA – Experience, Reflection and Action, all within the paradigm of Ignatian Spirituality. I am happy to say the Parish has taken on two new Youth Leaders to champion this program. They are Siobhan Hawdon (Monte graduate 2015) and Kieran Joel (SAC 2012). Both of these capable young people have been heavily involved in the Parish for the last few years, and are looking forward to this greater responsibility.

Youth Ministry has struggled in the Catholic world in recent years. The rise of Social Media, the influence of popular culture and at times the lingering ‘Catholic guilt’ in many families, has all contributed to this decline. Often young people are more interested in the ease of designing an image of themselves on Social Media, rather than working to design their true image, that of the image of God. Many young people are happy hiding behind a profile picture, increasing levels of anxiety in social contexts, and never discovering a true identity, the least of these being linked to Christianity. No one can blame them, popular culture seems to have a vendetta against all that Christianity identifies with, and when a teenager is asked to decide between a sandstone church and the temptations of teenage life, the church does not make much of an effort to defend itself, hence drawing young people away from a true faith formation in teenage years.

Here in North Sydney we are working to counteract this decline, by showing young people that being an Ignatian Christian in 2017 does not mean rigidity, regiment and exclusivity, but rather dialogue, discernment, and inclusivity. To champion this, our Youth will be deeply involved in service to the poor, lonely and aged in our community, and will work closely with the Parish’s newest outreach ministry: Mary’s House.

An Ignatian Christian in 2017 is one who rejoices in outreach, who jumps at the opportunity to be charitable, and one who finds God in all things. We hope to take the young people of North Sydney on a journey towards a deeper faith, inspired by the example of Jesus Christ, and articulated by the great St Ignatius (or Inigo).

" I Can Do'' - Parish Volunteering

The Parish of Our Lady of the Way is a vibrant Parish of people who are involved in over 50 ministries which do good works and community activities, engaging hundreds of people every week. This is your opportunity to find out what's happening in our parish, and how you can become involved.

1. Open the I CAN DO Booklet to read about all the different Parish Ministries.

2. Fill in an ‘Expression of Interest’ form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information contact: Ignatius Mendonca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Cardoner Project

Walk the Camino – Ignatian Pilgrimage Spain Wed 30 Aug – Sat 16 Sept 2017.

The Cardoner Project is excited to announce that we will be offering an Ignatian Camino through Northern Spain. The Camino is a pilgrimage that is based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and follows his footsteps from Loyola to Barcelona. Our group will be limited to 10 people, with all pilgrims having access to a Jesuit spiritual director and the opportunity for daily Mass, examen and group reflection. The pilgrimage involves a maximum walking distance of 25km a day, however, there are components of the trip that involve bus transport in order to ensure we can cover the distances in a shorter period of time. The Camino is for adults interested in exploring their faith, deepening their spirituality and enjoying some time for silence and personal reflection. Fr Josep SJ of the Spanish province and Brother Ian Cribb SJ of the Australian province will accompany and guide the pilgrimage. Cost: with flights $6995.00 land only $4995.00. If you are interested in being a part of this pilgrimage please contact Sue Bennett.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0405 374 371