The southern cluster youth ministry program is an initiative of the Catholic Parishes and Schools in the South Western Suburbs of Adelaide (see Our Schools and Our Parishes). The purpose of the program is to minister to young people within our parishes and schools and find relevant and accessible ways for them to engage with their faith and the life of the Church.
What exactly is youth ministry?
Youth ministry is an essential part of the ‘New Evangelisation’, the challenge to reawaken faith by finding new a relevant ways of engaging with contemporary culture. As a part of the new evangelisation, youth ministry is also a direct response to the Second Vatican Council’s universal call to holiness. As Pope Francis says in Evangelii Gaudium, “The new evangelisation calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptised. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelisation.” Through our programs in schools, our youth groups, and our presence in the parishes, our youth workers seek to engage with young people and address the questions that are important to them; Who am I? Why am I here? and How am I to live my life? Ultimately then youth ministry is about helping young people to discover their own unique and individual vocations, to forge for themselves authentic personal fulfilment as people of love and service. To borrow from Pope Francis again: "When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelisation, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfilment. For here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to serve others."