Youth Corner

Youth Mass – Prep – Year 12
Each month we have a Youth Mass to celebrate the gifts and talents our young people have. Children are invited to take part in the running of the Mass i.e: Reading, Money Collecting, Altar Serving, Offertory, welcoming etc. The Youth Mass helps the children understand the Mass on a deeper level and take ownership of their church and their faith.

Youth Group

Training sessions:
We hold a fun training session one Thursday a month for children to meet and learn the ministries.
After Mass:
We always share some food and laughs in the Hall. We hold a training session one Thursday a month for children to meet and learn the ministries.
Youth Mass:
Our next Youth Mass will be celebrated at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday June 9th 2019, our Multi cultural celebration Sunday, Pentecost Sunday. Contact Uwa Imhagwe on 5174 2060 if you wish to participate in this celebration.



Youth Formation Session


The next Youth Formation session, for young people from Year 6 and over, will be held on Friday 19th July at 7:00-8:30pmin the Parish Centre. Supper provided

Thank You.


This will be held in Perth from December 8th to 10th, 2019.The parish is hoping that some of our eligible parishioners will attend this exciting event. The theme is ‘Listen to What the Spirit is Saying’. An Information Evening will be held on Wednesday July 24 at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre, all who are interested in attending are warmly invited to attend the meeting and register an Expression of Interest.


The Junior choir will also be joining in our Pentecost Sunday Mass celebrations. They will hold rehearsals on Wednesday 5th June and Thursday 6th June at 4:00-4:45pm in the Church. Contact Jane Mitchell on 5714 2060 for further details.


2 awesome hours of jumping fun at Jump’n’Climb, 62 Eastern Rd, Traralgon (meet in the foyer at the venue, from 3:50pm). Bring water bottle and jump socks, if you have them. Youth group sign in still applies. 4:00-6:00pm Cost $20 Members,  $25 Non-members or late RSVP.

SMS Lou to RSVP by June 14 on 0414 540 296


St Michael’s Youth Group is turning 20! SMY@L Youth would like to invite past members, leaders, families and parishioners to St Michael’s Youth Group 20thAnniversary Reunion. Friday 24th May7:00-9:00pm, St Mary MacKillop Hall. Invitation flyers are available in the church foyers, please take one and spread the word! Inquiries and RSVP to Louise on 5174 2060


Operation Shoebox 2018 Report!

We have had a fantastic year at SMY@L! Congratulations to all of the youth involved in our Social Justice activities for 2018. We have donated food to Vinnies, made up 80 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and donated a huge pile of toys for the Toyrun, which is distributed locally by Vinnies. We are excited to say that some of our shoeboxes have made their way to the Philippines this year! Thank you to all Parishioners and families that help us out along the way, your contributions and support has been amazing! Thanks to the locals that have supported us also, including, Jump n Climb, Momo, Croquet club, Pax Hill tennis club, Gavin (disco) and Lavalla college. Many thanks to Fr Francis and staff and our great team of Youth Leaders. We wish everyone many blessings for Christmas and look forward to an exciting 2019 when we celebrate 20 years of St.Michael’s Youth group!



SMY@L – St.Michael’s Youth Group

Operation Shoebox 2018!!

The operation had a great kick-off on Friday 7th September. It was a great night with fun and laughter. Watch this space for more information!



Who we are - St.Michael’s Youth group has been run in the Parish since 2000. It is the longest running Parish group just for youth. It is a great way for young people to be involved in the Parish community. It is for all young people from Year 5, 6 & lower secondary levels (from any school). The group is called SMY@L – St.Michael’s Youth at Latitude 38-11-41. We meet at St.Michael’s Mackillop Hall a few times during school terms on a Friday night and run a variety of activities and events. We provide a safe and friendly environment where young people can get together with friends and make new ones, we are an inclusive group where everyone is welcome! Young people can begin to feel a sense of belonging when they regularly attend youth group and get to know other people in a setting other than school. It is also great in maintaining friendships across a variety of local schools. Our motto is fun, faith, friends!

Current youth program details are located in the Church foyers.

For any queries please call Louise Varsaci on 0414540296 or parents/carers can join our facebook group for regular updates; SMY@L - St.Michael's Youth at Latitude38-11-41

Our Youth Leadership team:



Youth Music Group
You will see our Youth Music Group at our Youth Mass and throughout the year at St Michael’s Church. It’s a fantastic group of kids that provide some beautiful music for our church. Any youth that are over grade 5 with a musical background are invited to get in touch with us.


At St Michael’s Catholic Church we have a thriving Youth Ministry that caters for many different age groups. Our focus is providing a safe and fun environment for our young ones as they grow in Gods love and continue on their faith journey.
For any further information please contact our Youth Office on 5174 7703 or contact our Youth Co-ordinater Jenifer Hanratty on 0437 49 23 49.

Children’s Liturgy – Kinder – Grade 6 (school term only)
Our Children’s Liturgy program caters for all Kinder and Primary School aged children during Sunday morning Mass at 9.30am. Children gather in the MacKillop room next to the church to explore the Gospel in a child friendly way and learn more about God’s love. All children welcome.


Secondary School Youth Group

All secondary school Youth invited to attend a fun night of food, fellowship and socialising. This is a safe environment for teens to be able to express their faith and explore what it mean to be a Catholic whilst having a enjoyable time with their peers.

This group meet each term in the MacKillop Hall next to the church. For more information contact Jen Hanratty – 5174 2060



The PPC recently ran an Art Competition to celebrate the Year of Youth, the competition was open to Yr5 & 6 students. You may have noticed the entries on the back wall of the Church and also on the parish website.

And. . . the winners are . . .

1st Prize: Brooke Sexton, St Michael’s PS

2nd Prize: Darcy Ruri, St Michael’s PS

3rd Prize: Sienna Hill, St Gabriel’s’ PS.


Thank you to all the participants!


                                                           Brooke Sexton - St. Michael's PS                                                                    Darcy Ruri - St. Michael's PS                                                            Sienna Hill - St Gabriel's PS


We certainly had a Mass with a difference last Sunday evening! Our Youth Mass in which our young people took on the roles of Welcomers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Commentator, Musicians, Singers, Offertory Gift Bearers and Money Collectors with great reverence and style.
How fortunate we are to have members of the ‘future church’ learning with great enthusiasm and awe, and spending hours and hours practising to ensure that ‘their’ Mass is a respectful, reverent celebration of the Eucharist.
As you can see from the photo, we were privileged to have Bishop Michael Apochi from the Diocese of Otukpo in Nigeria celebrate the Mass, he had alongside him four priests from the Diocese of Otukpo: our very own Fr Francis Otobo, Fr Edwin (Morwell), Fr Solomon (Sale), and Fr James (Canberra). Fr Joseph (Cranbourne) was unable to join in the celebration of the Mass here on Sunday evening.
We are very grateful to Bishop Michael and the Diocese of Otukpo for the
presence of these priests here in Australia, working among us.

Youth Christmas Nativity
Every Christmas the children are invited to dress up and partake in the Christmas Eve Nativity Mass. Lots of fun for the whole family.