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Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The Ballarat Diocese supports youth and young adults in their journey of faith.

Gospel Good News                                   

3rd Sunday of Easter - Year A - Luke 24:13-35.

This week more people encounter the risen Jesus.  Two disciples of Jesus were on their way to Emmaus when they meet Jesus but do not recognise him.  The disciples explain they are downcast because of the death of the prophet, Jesus of Nazareth.  They’ve heard rumours he is still alive but no one is sure what to believe.  Jesus speaks to them of the prophets, explaining the Scriptures, and that “the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory”.  It’s getting dark and they invite Jesus to join them for a meal.  At the table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised Jesus, but then he was gone.  The disciples said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’   We reflect on how we recognise Jesus, and how our hearts burn. 

Online Bible:          

Mass Readings and Information - App: Universalis


Youth & Young Adult Ministry contact info:
At bottom of this page





Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney ~ 2017

2017 ACYF

15,000 young people are expected to travel to Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held 7-9 December 2017.  The theme of this Festival is Open new horizons for spreading joy.  The Festival offers a multitude of ways of expressing Catholic faith in an amazing three-day experience.  ACYF will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and other nearby venues.  The Festival is for year 9 to 30* year olds (*Note age bracket has been extended).   Registration cost for participants from Ballarat Diocese is expected to be around $190 (covers all 3 days – a meal ticket will be extra). 

Parishes and schools are asked to consider sending a group.  Smaller parishes might join together or connect their young people with another parish.  Ballarat Diocese will be assisting with this, including planning travel and accommodation.  Contact us at if you want more details or want to organise a group to go. 

ACYF is hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  The idea of hosting a large national festival grew out of Australia’s involvement in World Youth Days and a wish to gather Australia’s Catholic youth together. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to explore and deepen their faith, to be empowered to be agents of change in the world today, and to encounter and celebrate the diversity and vitality of Catholic faith in Australia.  It also gives the Bishops of Australia the opportunity to hear and meet the young people of Australia. The first Festival was held in Melbourne in 2013 and the second in Adelaide in 2015.  Many young people from Ballarat Diocese, together with Bishop Paul Bird, attended both events.  An even bigger number of participants and leaders is expected to make the journey from our diocese to Sydney 7-9 December 2017.

Information updates will be posted here regularly and also you can check the ACYF site here

Registration opens 26 April!

Early Bird Registration
Group Registrations will open on 26 April with Early Bird registration closing on 18 August. In order for groups to access this reduced price, all details will need to be completed by this date including payment in full. 

Initially, the Group Coordinator will register and indicate the name and contact details of a second contact person. At this stage, all that’s needed is anticipated group size and some initial logistical information.  This will help ACYF in the planning and coordination of areas such as train scheduling. The only payment required at this time will be the individual cost for the Group Coordinator. Details about the members of the group will be required later. 

Feeling Creative!
Make music, art or film for the Festival!

Check on the links below to download posters,
entry forms and terms and conditions.

Official Song Competition – Opened Wednesday 29 March, closes 26 May 

Art Competition – Opened Wednesday 29 March, closes 16 October 

Short film Competition – Opened Wednesday 29 March, closes 16 October 



Year of Youth 2018

The Catholic Bishops of Australia invite Catholics across the country to join in celebrating a Year of Youth from the beginning of Advent 2017 to the end of 2018. The theme is, ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’. The emphasis is on local discussion and dialogue in parishes, schools, youth groups and dioceses.  The Year of Youth will be launched at a huge stadium Mass at the next Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney in December 2017.

The Catholic Bishops said: “Young people have a great capacity to address injustice and create new opportunities for joy and hope. Today, many young people want to serve, and others are willing to take a chance to make the world a better place.”

Ballarat Diocese will be finding many different ways to focus on the Year of Youth 2018.

We look forward to sharing ideas and plans with you.

Year of Youth 2018 Prayer


WYD 2016 Stories, Photos and Videos click here

Click the links below for more info:

   * WYD 201
   * Ballarat Youth & Young Adult Ministry

   * Regular Youth Events
   * Vision for Youth
   * Youth & Social Justice
   * Resources
   * Music & Videos

Are you leading a Parish Youth Group or planning to start one? Lots of useful and necessary information under the Resources link above.

The Ballarat Diocese Lay Pastoral Ministry Program offers online subjects in Youth & Pastoral Ministry. More info here.


2018 is the Year of Youth
starting with
the next Australian Catholic Youth Festival
in Sydney 7-9 December 2017.


Year of Youth 2018 info available here after Easter.


Ballarat ACYF 15 

111 young people and leaders from Ballarat Dioceses attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015. Diocesan e-News has a report.

All the ACYF Plenary sessions can be viewed here.

Youth Festival Podcasts

Podcasts of the all the speakers and sessions at the recent Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Adelaide are available for download here

Australian Catholic Youth Festival post-Festival reflection resource here.

 ACYF 15 Day2Steve Angisano on stage at ACYF Adelaide 2015




xt3 is the website of the Sydney Archdiocese. It has some great stuff which they are happy to share. Click here to go to their page. 


The YCW (Young Christian Workers) Newsletter has lots of useful information. You can find it at and you can click the links below to read about these topics.
  * What do you do when you are faced with a difficult decision
  * How do young people handle tragedy  

Integrity in the Service of the Church

A core document for those working in the church (volunteers or paid).  Good resource for Youth ministry team. Download here.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Smith
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
PO Box 576

Ph: 5337 7125
Mobile:  0427 748867
Facebook: Catholic Youth Ministry Ballarat

Email:  Youth Ballarat 






We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353