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Youth and Young Adult Ministry

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

Click these links for more info:

    * Ballarat Youth & Young Adult Ministry Network 
    * Australian Catholic Youth Festival
    * World Youth Day 2019 *NEW
    * Youth Social Justice
    * Year of Youth 2018 

    * Vision for Youth
    * Youth Events in Parishes

    * Resources *NEW 
    * Music & Videos *NEW 


Year of Youth

 2018 is the Year of Youth in Australia 

Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy

3 December 2017 - 25 November 2018


Gospel Good News                               

4th Sunday of Easter - Year B – John 10:11-18.

Each year in Eastertime we explore the image of Jesus as the good shepherd.  Most of us don’t meet shepherds and flocks of sheep in our everyday life, but Jesus explains what the image means.   The sheep are so important to him that “he lays down his life” for them because they are “his own.”  Jesus told the disciples before his death, “I know my own and my own know me.” Amazingly he tells them, “And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well.  They too will listen to my voice.”  Jesus’ message of care and love is not only for those inside the fold (or fence), Jesus seeks and reaches out to everyone.  We reflect on the care and love that Jesus offers us.

After Easter Day our gospel readings focus on the ‘appearances’ of Jesus after his death.  The disciples are together talking about how two of them had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus where “they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.” Suddenly Jesus was there with them saying, “Peace be with you!” They were stunned and frightened. Jesus said, “Why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Yes, it’s me. Look at my hands and feet.” They couldn’t believe it, they didn’t know what to say.  So Jesus suggested they share a meal together.  Jesus “ate before their eyes”, a living human.  And “he opened their minds to understand” what had been prophesied through the scriptures, “that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead” and that forgiveness would be preached to all. We reflect on recognising Jesus at the breaking of the bread.

Online Bible:          

Mass Readings and Information - Apps: Laudate or Universalis


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

Are you leading a Parish Youth Group or planning to start one? Find 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

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
Ph: 5337 7125
Mobile:  0427 748 867
Email:  Youth Ballarat 

Ballarat Diocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Amanda Smith
Patrick Kennedy
Noeline Hogan

PO Box 576

Facebook: Catholic Youth Ministry 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