Youth Corner


Preschool and primary school aged children who wish to participate in the Nativity Scene at the Christmas Family Mass at 7:00pmon December 24 need to complete the information required on a flyer on the entrance tables. There are still vacancies for shepherds and angels in the Nativity Scene, so please complete the necessary paperwork and come to the costume-fitting this Sunday after 9:30am Mass. Completed forms can be dropped into the Parish Office, if after hours, please put the forms through the mail slot beside the front door. Please take the information section of the flyer home so you have all the relevant details.


To our six young pilgrims who journeyed to Perth and represented our Parish at the ACYF last weekend.Deacon Confidence also attended the Conference with a group of secondary school students. I’m sure they will let us know how they got on, it sounds as though it was very exciting! The youngsters will speak to us briefly at our Masses next weekend and let us know how they got on.Thanks too, to Anthony Symonds, Sue Rickwood and Jen Hanratty who accompanied our young folk on this amazing adventure!


SM@YL have held their last session for 2019. Huge thanks to the SM@YL Team Leaders who have given their time, energy and care to the young folk who enjoy their sessions. There certainly has been a great variety of activities enjoyed by this energetic group.Another successful drive for the Christmas Shoe Box this year, with around 70 boxes sent off. Sincere thanks to all in the Parish who have supported SM@YL throughout the year.


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 Leaders Formation Day:

Deacon Mark Kelly provided a fantastic formation day for some of our Youth Leaders on Sunday. He reminded us to remember our core belief that “Jesus loves us and we love Jesus and we need to share that with as many young people as possible. A great day!



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.

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.


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.