Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent

February 24, 2018 - Lent, Student discipleship

Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent

By Father Michael Alcock Have you ever been fortunate enough to have one of those moments in which you have experienced, perhaps ever so briefly, the glory of God? Perhaps through a sunset, a moment of prayer, the closeness of a special friendship or the high of gathering with like-minded young Christians at an event […]

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Being Young & Faithful

February 24, 2018 - Lent, Student discipleship, Youth Ministry

Being Young & Faithful

by Tayla Bennett I was born in 1997, so in 2018, I will be 21 years of age, and I couldn’t be happier with that.  I don’t look at my life and wish I was born in a different time and I’m pretty satisfied with the world. Sure, they are many things that could be […]

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Reflection for 1st Sunday of Lent

February 18, 2018 - Lent, Student discipleship

Reflection for 1st Sunday of Lent

By Fr. Paul Winter Parish Priest, Clarence Valley Parish Our readings today speak very much of the power and tremendous love of God. From before time began, before the universe was created, God has been calling us to be with him, to live in his love for all eternity. God creates all of existence purely out […]

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A Story From the Heart…

February 17, 2018 - Immersion, Lent, Youth Ministry

A Story From the Heart…

By Olivia Neithe – SJPC YMO When asked to describe something amazing that I witnessed on my Immersion to the Philippines I came to find that no words truly give justice to the time I spent in this beautiful country because it was the most rewarding and life altering experience in the entirety of my 18 […]

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Giving himself to God this Lent

March 31, 2017 - Lent, Student discipleship, Youth Ministry

Giving himself to God this Lent

In 2016 I struggled to keep my faith ignited due to exams, homework and the pressure of the HSC rapidly arising. It was a tough year to get through with the amount of work that was given and the study that needed to be put in so I lost my touch with God as I […]

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On grief, growth and losing James

March 25, 2017 - Faith development, Grief, Lent

On grief, growth and losing James

By Alice Tate   James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.                                                                                 – James 1:1-3   This lent I have based my journey around […]

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Lenten Reflection for Youth – Third Sunday of Lent

March 18, 2017 - Faith development, Lent

Lenten Reflection for Youth – Third Sunday of Lent

By Father Peter Wood. For the Third Sunday of Lent we pause on our pilgrimage toward Jerusalem in order to contemplate Our Lord’s encounter with the Samaritan Woman. In today’s Gospel the Samaritan woman symbolises someone who was looking for love in all the wrong places. Yet love came to meet her unexpectedly. The Samaritan […]

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Take something up this Lent

March 16, 2017 - Faith development, Lent, Youth Ministry

Take something up this Lent

Lent lɛnt/ noun “The period preceding Easter, which is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness” I remember when I was in Primary School I would absolutely dread Lent. The thought of giving up my beloved freddo frogs or zooper doopers overwhelmed me with fear. Now that I […]

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