welcome to our second edition of MYM update for 2017, your e-news for everything in Marist Youth Ministry happening around the country. MYM update will provide you with regular news and info on our ministry in Marist schools and with young adults, as we seek to make Jesus Christ known and loved among them.
A song to sing and a story to tell ...
Two weeks ago I accepted an invitation from Maddy Forde, MYM Regional Assistant based in Adelaide to celebrate the Marist Bicentenary with Young Marists there. What I thought was planned to be a simple event turned out to be a wonderful gathering of young adults, student leaders from SHC, members of the Marist Association, Brothers, Staff from Sacred Heart College and friends of Marist.
The format was well planned beginning with Sunday Eucharist with the SHC Boaders, followed by a terrific BBQ luncheon, a couple of speeches, a remembering of the story of the first community at Lavalla, the cutting of a decorative bicentennial birthday cake, and concluding with a gutsy rendition of Sub Tuum. In between all this, a chance to mix and mingle with some wonderful people. The effort that went into planning the day's events spoke deeply and symbolically to me about who we are as an ecclesial community and the type of space and environment we want to invite young people to be part of.
Among his collection of quotes on defining charism, Br Michael Green has a pearler, attributed to Claude Maréchal AA, the former General of the Assumptionists; "a song to sing, a story to tell, a community in which to belong, a work to do, and a face of God to see." For me, this captures the essence of our gathering in Adelaide and I'm sure, in many parts of the country as Marists give thanks for what God has done through St Marcellin and his followers over 200 years.
The mission of Marist Youth Ministry is "to make Jesus Christ known and loved. We see MYM as a space to invite youth and young adults, to an authentic encounter with Christ. Accompanied on their personal and shared journey of life and faith, young people discover the Marian face of the Church. This empowers them, as committed Marists, to be agents of change in the world." (Strategic Plan 2016-2018).
MYM is blessed with dedicated and faith-filled youth ministers who are passionate about inviting young people between 15-25 to participate in God’s mission. Our Good Mother and St Marcellin have given us a song to sing, a story to tell, a community in which to belong, a work to do and a face of God to see! I hope this newsletter provides you with a snapshot of this extraordinary reality.
At the Adelaide Young Marists celebration at Somerton Park; the Oldest Marist (Br Marius Wolfe) and youngest Marist cutting the Bicentennial Cake.
MYM Adelaide went all out with their own hand-crafted cupcakes with the Marist 'M' printed into the frosted icing. They've got class!
Young Marists celebrating in Adelaide.
Br Greg, Br Des Howard and Br John McMahon joined with the Young Marists from Adelaide to celebrate with the local Brothers Communities.
New MYM Website launched this week
The front page for our new MYM Website which will be launched this week. Further details and links will be provided in the next newsletter.
Our Touchstones in Marist Youth Ministry
Marist Youth Ministry draws on two key documents for its planning and overall strategies. These include 'Anointed and Sent - an Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry' from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and 'Evangelisers in the Midst of Youth' our Marist international document on youth ministry.
Marist House Fitzroy
Our Marist house of studies for young adults is gradually taking shape. Daniel Nguyen (Marcellin Bulleen '12) is our first student resident studying Music at Melbourne University. We are also hosting the Remar Ministry Team and looking forward to welcoming other tertiary students once some refurbishments have taken place.
Marist House Community members at Fitzroy recently welcomed Br Tony Clark and Timor Leste Postulants to dinner. (seated) Daniel, Benjamin, Br Michael Green, Zack, Dan, Gabriel, Melquiano. (Standing) Jacinto, Georgia, Br Tony Clark, Nicola, Br Frank McIntosh.
MYM Sydney Update Congratulations to ten ex-students who recently completed the workshop to become Young Marist Volunteers. MYM is always on the look out for generous young people who have been participated actively during their senior school years and want to continue being agents of change as young adults. These YMV's will be help us in a range of faith, justice and ministry events during 2017.
Our newest Young Marist Volunteers (YMV's!) Back row: (L-R) Charlotte Cosgrove (Dundas '16) Patrick Pre (Auburn '15), Jerick Nubla (Dundas '16), Scott Britcher (Penshurst '16), Francine Crimmins (Woolwich '15), Nicole Fahey (Dundas '16) Front row: (L-R) Jamie Manalaotao (Auburn '15), Sydney Pre (Auburn '16), Amanda Modder (Auburn '15) and Kiara Magnussen, (Auburn '16). Most volunteers pictured above completed Remar in their school.
The Young Marist Volunteers workshop included formation on Marist spirituality and mission, studying of our child protection policy and completion of Working with Children application forms.
Visits to Marist Schools Term 1 MYM Sydney recently attended Commencement Liturgies at St Patrick's Marist College Dundas, St Gregory's College Campbelltown, Trinity Catholic College Auburn and Mt Carmel Catholic College Varroville. It was great to meet with staff and student leaders as well as those who participated in our Forum programs during 2016.
MYM Sydney Regional Assistants Supi Taufaao (L) and Monica Gonzales (R) with student leaders from St Patrick's Marist College Dundas at their Commencement Liturgy.
MYM Regional Assistant Supi Taufaao with Daniel Delmage, new Principal of Trinity Catholic College Auburn and student leaders at their Commencement Liturgy.
Br Greg with Student Leaders at Red Bend Catholic College Forbes at their recent College assembly, where the new Marist heart containing the names of all members of the school community was dedicated.
A MYM visit to Forbes is always a good chance to catch up with local members of the Marist Association. (L-R) Sarah Nowlan, Steve Hooper, Br Bernie McGrath, Br Michael Flanagan (principal), Br John Curry, Stephen Dwyer (Deputy) and Br Greg.
Supi and Monica with student leaders at St Gregory's College after their Commencement Mass.
MYM supports The John Berne School at Golf Day Fundraiser
Big thanks to Jeni Miller, Dom McDonald and Kaspars Walker from MYM Sydney who assisted the John Berne School with their recent ASK Gold Day fundraiser at Pennant Hills golf course. The MYM team packed 100's of promotion bags for the event. Great to see MYM helping out with TJBS!
MYM Brisbane Update
MYM Co-ordinator Caitie Humphrys has been busy on the road (or in the air) visiting Marist Schools in central and northern Queensland with MSA Regional Director Br Neville Solomon. Caitie attended commencement liturgies at Mt Maria College Mitchelton, Burdekin Catholic High School Ayr, St Augustine’s College Cairns, St Teresa’s College Noosaville, Trinity Catholic College Lismore, Marist College Emerald and Marist College Ashgrove. Recently Caitie and Cameron Martyn (regional assistant) travelled to meet with student leaders at Trinity Catholic College Lismore.
MYM Brisbane team of Caitie Humphrys and Cameron Martyn on the road to Lismore recently, to meet student leaders from Trinity Catholic College for the first time.
MYM Brisbane is hoping to support two teams of ex-Marist students from around QLD in the winter touch-football competition for University students. The Marist Teams are currently organised by Pat Webster from Mt Maria at Petrie and subsidised by Marist Vocations ministry.
MYM Melbourne Update
MYM Melbourne has recently attended commencement liturgies at Marcellin College Bulleen, Lavalla Catholic College Traralgon and Notre Dame Catholic College Shepparton, Sacred Heart College Adelaide and Cardijn College Adelaide, as well as touch base with student leaders, following on from their gathering in December of last year.
MYM Melbourne attended the Commencement Mass for Marcellin College Bulleen. Pictured at St Patrick's Cathedral are Cassie Wilmot, Br Greg, Jack Stammers and Br Doug after the liturgy.
Remar Update The Remar program is in full swing with Embarkation programs, Helms and Co-ordinator's formation retreats and Caravel Days on the calendar.Year 10-12 Red, Blue and Gold embarkations have now taken place for the majority of schools. This is a two-night camp jointly lead by helms and a current member/ former member of the RMT. The Remar Team has begun to facilitate Red Caravel days where Remar Caravels combine for a day of fun and formation.
2017 Remar Ministry Team looking sharp in their new colours, Zack Pizzingrilli (Kilmore), Georgia Martin (Perth), Liz Wake (National Co-ordinator), Nicola Broeren (Traralgon) and Daniel Litjens (Perth).
Remar Red Caravel Day included students from host school, Marymede Catholic College South Morang, Penola Catholic College Broadmeadows, Notre Dame College Shepparton, Marist College Bendigo and Assumption College Kilmore.
Dan, Zack, Nicola and Georgia warming up the participants with a few icebreakers.
Recent Remar Blue Helms Inservice at Marist Centre Melbourne.
Rebecca (Newman College Perth) and Jasmine (Trinity Catholic College Beenleigh) at the recent Blue Helms inservice in Melbourne.
Colin (Notre Dame Catholic College Shepparton) and Liam (Marymede Catholic College South Morang) at the Remar Blue Helms Inservice.
MYM Melbourne Launch - Sunday 5 March
Nearly 50 people gathered last Sunday afternoon for the annual BBQ and ministry launch of MYM Melbourne. New graduates from Marist schools including many from the Remar program gathered with other Young Marists to learn what's on the menu in MYM 2017. Thanks to the many supporters and volunteers and Brothers who assisted Liz, Cassie and Jack to make the afternoon a great success!
Young Marists Will and Olivia provided some quality Sunday arvo mood music for the BBQ.
Assumption College Kilmore ex-students were out in force at the MYM Launch
Br Doug and Shannon from the Exodus Community at West Heidelberg were terrific chefs for the BBQ.
Marist chefs Liz Wake, Erin Phillips and Cassie Wilmot ready to plate up at the BBQ.
Jacinto and Benjamin from Timor Leste provided some beautiful cultural music at the BBQ.
Jack Stammers in his element directing the crowd to the BBQ with St Marcellin and Pope Francis looking on.
Down to business! The MYM Team informing the participants of events and activities for 2017.
That's the MYM wrap-up for the moment. If there's anything you'd like to ask about the mission and ministry of Marist Youth Ministry across our regions, please don't hesitate to contact myself, Liz Wake (Melbourne), Jeni Miller (Sydney) or Caitie Humphrys (Brisbane).
Brother Greg McDonald FMS
National MYM Co-ordinator