Youth Corner



As a wonderful addition to the growing and blossoming youth ministry of St Michael’s parish, a Junior Children’s Choir will be trained to provide music at an occasional Mass on the second Sunday of the Month at 9:30am.
Mrs Jane Mitchell will be directing the choir and children from grade 3 and over are welcomed to participate. The first Junior Choir Mass will be on Sunday February 10. Though practices will likely occur on the Wednesday prior to the Mass, this first practice will be held on Thursday February 7 from 4pm-4:45pm in the church.
We look forward to this joyful event


SMY@L YOUTH GROUP will begin the 2019 year on Friday February 15. This youth group is open to all young people in Yr 5 to lower secondary years.
(The annual) Messy & Gross Games Night.
Don’t let your friends miss this one!! Wear old clothes or bring a spare set and a towel.
Meet at the Mary MacKillop Hall. 6:30 - 8:30pm. Cost $3.00. Lucky door prize. Contact parish office on 5174 2060 for information.
Date claimer:
St Michael’s Youth Group celebrates 20 years on Friday May 24!
More details to come.


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:

Next Event:


Messy and Gross games night fun!!


Well, they made it! Tanya Wandue, Sarah Rickwood and Josh Hanratty have safely returned from the Ignite Conference in Brisbane. They may not be exactly the same youngsters who left Traralgon to attend.
They were accompanied by Jenifer Hanratty, Cristiano Grosso and David Moulton. Our Youth Ministry leaders were excited to attend, and will let parishioners know about their experiences at our Masses on the weekend of October 20 and 21.


Senior Youth Council

The Youth Council meets regularly with Fr Francis and Jen Hanratty to discuss many thing such as : youth events, bible readings, praying, positive attitudes, leadership etc.

We would like to introduce each member so you can get to know them better. They each bring a different gift to the group and we are thrilled to have them on board.

Ella - is 15 and in Y9 at Gippsland Grammar in Sale. Her desire to grow our Youth ministry at St Michael’s is amazing and her confidence and leadership qualities are outstanding.

Tanya - is 14 and in year 9 at Chairo Christian College in Drouin. She displays a deep faith and reverence in all she does and is extremely reliable and willing to do all she can.

Jim -  is14 and in year 8 at Lavalla Catholic College and shows fantastic confidence and leadership qualities. He also has amazing courage to stand up for what he believes.

Sarah -  is 15 and in Year 9 at Lavalla Catholic College. Her kindness and calm nature is a great addition to our team and her patience with the younger children is exceptional.

Josh -  is 13 and in Y8 at Gippsland Grammar.Josh has amazing musical talent and does a brilliant job in organising and leading the music in the youth ministry activities.

We would love to hear from any Secondary school students.

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.


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


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 ie: Reading, Money Collecting, Altar Serving, Offertory, welcoming ect. 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 Group


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.


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



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.