Thursday morning

Mark, Bridget, Harriet and Alejandro

The morning plenary session is over and our faith ambassadors are on their way to the Sydney Show Grounds.

During the morning plenary session, the Australian Catholic Youth Festival participants were welcomed by the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP. He is also the Australian Bishops’ delegate for youth.

Teacher Mr Luke Hamilton said that the 19,000 people gathered at Sydney Olympic Park were reminded by Archbishop Fisher of Pope Francis’ request of young people at last year’s World Youth Day in Poland  to “get up off the couch”.

“Archbishop Fisher asked the young people to be the change they want to see in the church. He encouraged them to ask themselves ‘not that the church can do for me’ but ‘what can I do for the church’.”

This afternoon will be attending workshops.

All festival goers will come together as one again for the evening plenary, where US singer-songwriter Steve Angrisano will lead the festivities.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane will deliver an evening message on the festival’s theme, “Building New Horizons for Spreading Joy,” before Sr Hilda Scott again takes the stage to ask young people about times in their lives when joy has been difficult to come by.

The night will conclude with Lectio Divina, led by Sr Hilda, before kicking into a high octane gear as Matt Maher performs his second set of the day.

Festival a life-changing event, the report of the opening plenary session by Catholic Communications, Sydney, with a link to the text of Archbishop Fisher’s opening address.