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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:

   * Diocesan Youth Events 
   * Hearing your voices! - Plenary Council  New!
   * Australian Catholic Youth Festival
   World-wide Synod and Year of Youth 2018

   * World Youth Day 2019
   Music Ministry 
   * Youth Social Justice
   Ballarat Youth & Young Adult Ministry Network
   * Vision for Youth
   Youth Events in Parishes
   * Resources

   * Gospel Good News updated weekly 

Gospel Good News

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C – Luke 6:17, 20-26 

St Matthew is the gospel writer famous for the Beatitudes.  (“Blessed are the merciful …”) And so we may be surprised that St Luke also wrote about this major event in the ministry of Jesus.  A great crowd had gathered as well as many disciples, and Jesus “came down to them” at a piece of level ground (Matthew uses different imagery and sets the gathering up a mountain).  The translation we often hear starts each blessing or words of appreciation from Jesus with “How happy are you who are ….” rather than the alternative and well-known “Blessed are you who are ..”  Both translations are worthy of reflection.  And both Matthew and Luke’s beatitudes (blessings) are wonderful for us to reflect on.  But Jesus (through Luke) adds more, ‘the Woes ”.  “Alas for you who have your fill now.”  He is advising us against being too self-satisfied.  We reflect on these teachings of Jesus.

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

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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