We have something for everyone, come and see - newcomers have always felt welcome and always will!
0 - 4 years old:
ST MICHAEL’S PLAYGROUP: St Michael’s School Hall Mondays 9:00am to 10:30am.Playgroup is held each Monday, during the school term. Parents, grandparents, carers all welcome! Please bring your child’s snack and drink. Gold coin donation.
Children 4 and up:
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: At every 9:30am Mass on Sunday, children aged 4 and up can gather together with our volunteer teachers to receive God's Word on their own level, in a fun and interactive way.
Youth from Year 5 to Year 8:
Youth Group and Youth Mass on the 3rd Sunday of the Month. Come along to the school hall at 4:00pm for the Youth Group, a welcoming and inclusive space for youth, with fun games and activities, pizza, and a simple Gospel reflection leading into a Youth Mass at 6:00pm. Over 30 young people have been coming each month! Like our Facebook page for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/St-Michaels-Parish-Youth-Group-150667745626911/
Youth from Year 9 to Year 12:
The “Youth Bus” will be officially launched in Term 3, which will run monthly to transport young people from year 9 to year 12 to Wollongong “i-Stand” Youth Group, run by the Youth Mission Team. The bus trip is half the fun! $5 donation is requested where possible. Contact Fr Duane at the Parish office for more information.
Young adults (18-30ish):
The Young Adults Group meets on a regular basis for a mix of spiritual and social activities. Games nights, hikes, dinners at local restaurants, and more. Contact Molly for more information on 0457906967.
HOW CAN YOUTH GIVE BACK?
It's been wonderful to see young people not only looking for what they can get, but also looking to serve, in many ways:
We have over 40 altar servers from year 5 and above helping the priest at Masses. They are a great encouragement to our community (and a great help to our priests). They enjoy serving, feel more connected with Mass, and we aim to organize a "fun day" once a term they and their families to help them connect with each other.
As youth "graduate" from each youth program they are most welcome to come back as helpers for the younger youth. They are often the best at connecting with those a little younger than them.
PARISH YOUTH TEAM: Our wonderful Parish Youth Team is made up of young adult teachers from St Michael's and St John's as well as other young adults from the parish. The Team has grown from 3 members to 11 members - and still growing! We are so grateful for all they have brought to our youth!
Our Parish Youth team are: Meg Davis, Val Lewis, Dylan Anderson, Andrew Allmark, Emma-Kate Callaghan, Gemma Irwin, Megan Turner, Martine Mathieson, Melissa Firkin, Molly Porter and Chriselle D'Mello.
These have been life changing events for all youth and young adults who have attended. Register your interest with the Parish as soon as you can and we'll give you more info about each event.
Wollongong Live: Diocesan Festival at Wollongong every year for Year 9 and above - hundreds of youth come along!
Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) once every two years around Australia, for Year 9 and above (up to 30 years old), thousands of youth come along!
World Youth Day every three years around the world, for 16-35 year olds, hundreds of thousands of youth come along!