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ACYF Perth 2019 | Day 1

December 7, 2019

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. The Festival will use the scriptural focus of the 2020 Plenary Council by adopting the theme: ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’ (Rev 2:7).

Our Wollongong pilgrims have arrived safely in Perth! After check-in and orientation, we embarked on a familiarisation walk to Perth CBD and Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, where ACYF is held over the next few days. After a brief tour of the venue, we headed back to our accommodation and spent the evening on the rooftop terrace to rest and enjoy the company of our fellow pilgrims.

Tomorrow, the pilgrimage continues as we make the trip to City Beach for a day of activities in preparation for the days to come. Our day will conclude with Saturday Vigil Mass with Bishop Brian Mascord. Anticipation is certainly building as we journey together towards the official opening of ACYF on Sunday 8 December.

Our diocesan coverage of ACYF will be updated daily, including reflections from our pilgrims. Stay tuned!

Please pray for us over the next few days as we embrace the church’s invitation to ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’ (Rev 2:7).

 

ACYF 2019 Prayer

Holy Spirit, Breath of God,
you come to us in the stillness and silence
of this Great South Land.

Give us the courage to open our hearts and ears,
to listen to your voice as we seek to foster
the growth of your Church in Australia.

Grant us the desire to know Jesus
and say our ‘Yes’ to his invitation
to spread the joy of the Gospel.

We ask for the gift of hope
as you guide us in our search for purpose
and meaning in our lives.

We pray together as young people
that we may love and care for all of creation.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord,
our brother and our companion,
who lives with You and the Father forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Photos by Jeremy Yuen

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