Youth Group
Youth Group Zoom Gathering – 15 November
On 15th November, the Youth Group had another lovely gathering via Zoom.  Everyone had a ball and we thank Matthew Ku, one of our youth leaders, for a well organised event! We would like to thank Fr Jerald for joining us through the gathering to provide spiritual guidance to our youth and sharing fun with us during the game session!
 
Unless there is an unexpected change to Daniel Andrews’ announcement this Sunday, the Youth Group will return to physical gatherings on the 6th of December when we will be having our joyous Christmas Party!
Youth Group Zoom Gathering – 11 October
 
On Sunday 11th October,  the Youth Group had its first catch up via Zoom since the lockdown in March this year.  It was great to see and hear that everyone is doing well, despite the tough lockdown situation.
 
The gathering commenced with an opening prayer by Fr Jerald, followed by a Peace Rosary led by all members present, two group games, a video and discussion and finished with a closing prayer by Fr Jerald.
 
 
FOR OBVIOUS REASONS OUR YOUTH GROUP HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO MEET IN PERSON THIS YEAR, HOWEVER BELOW IS INFORMATION ON WHEN IT NORMALLY MEETS ALONG WITH DETAILS AND PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS.  WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS, SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO EMAIL teresina1129@gmail.com.
 
OLOP Youth Group
 
The OLOP Youth Group meets on the third Sunday of each month during school terms from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, with a meal served.  Activities include spiritual enrichment, craft, games, sports, music, experience sharing and community outreach etc.  Both the junior and senior groups will be running at the same time.  We aim to provide a safe and fun environment for our youth to grow their faith, build friendships and contribute to the wider community.
 
If you or your children or grandchildren are interested, please feel free to speak to Teresina Yung after the 9.30 am Mass or email teresina1129@gmail.com.
Christmas Party
 
On the 1st December the Youth Group held a Christmas Party, which was very well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Everyone had so much fun constructing either a gingerbread house or train as an activity at the party.  It was so good to see the Christmas spirit during the party with everyone being involved in either food preparation, venue decoration, setting up tables and helping each other with the building activity before a prayer and a meal.  We are certainly ready for the new phase of youth group next year!  Below are some photos taken on the day:
Rosary Bead Making
 
At its November gathering, Youth Group members enjoyed making Rosary Beads to sell to parishioners to raise money towards the replacement of the carpet in the Worship Centre.  So far over $500 has been raised from the sale of the Rosary Beads and the Youth Group would like to thank parishioners for their support in purchasing them.  To the right are some photos of the Rosary Bead-making sessions in action!
 
Youth Group Mass
 
On Sunday, 6 October, the Mass was animated with the participation of our Youth Group members.  From commentating to readings and music, the parish enjoyed a vibrant youth-led celebration.  The occasion marked an exciting date too – the first anniversary of the Youth Group and the birth of the first ever youth band at OLOP!  After Mass we mingled and shared a delicious cake over coffee with everyone to commemorate the anniversary.  Marching into our second year, we are looking forward to seeing more youth involved in the parish, growth of the Youth Group, as well as more music from the youth band.
 
If you know any young people with musical knowledge or a good voice who might be interested in joining the youth choir/band, or just the Youth Group generally, please feel free to speak to Teresina after Sunday Mass or email her at teresina1129@gmail.com.
 
Below are some photos taken at the Youth Mass.
Youth Ministry Workshops
On 31 August, the Archdiocesean Office for Youth held a day of Youth Ministry Workshops at the Thomas Carr Centre in East Melbourne.  Four members represented the OLOP Youth Group to take part in seven workshops over the course of the day.  With each workshop covering a different aspect of running a Youth Ministry, we were inspired with vibrant ideas to grow the budding Youth Group at OLOP.  We also had the chance to connect with other Youth Ministers from around Melbourne to share ideas and exchange advice.  The day concluded with an interview and photo op with Archbishop Peter Comensoli.  We hope to see more young people at Youth Group soon!