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About Catholic Youth Apostolate
Catholic Youth Apostolate (C'YA) is a centre of Pallottine Youth Ministry in Australia, affiliated with both the Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC) and the Society of Catholic Apostolate (SAC). The name Catholic Youth Apostolate reminds us that we are the Church “sent” into the world; to inspire a deeper experience of communion for generations of young people in their evolving relationship with God. Our continuing mission of evangelisation: to explore new ways to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. To bring new Life in Christ, and seek to be inspirational living examples of Faith, Hope, and Love today. To go boldly where no Apostles have gone before!
Established since 2015, Catholic Youth Apostolate began at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish (est. 1951) in the metropolitan suburb of Riverton as a parish youth movement within the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth (Australia). It was created to rejuvenate parish community life, and inspire both clergy and laity to be more collaborative and proactive witnesses of the Christian Faith together. Our goal is to inspire an experience of communion that impels our clergy and our laity to work together to exercise the Apostolate “like leaven, with the ardour of the spirit of Christ" -- regardless of whether young or old -- in “every activity of the Mystical Body that aims to spread the Kingdom of God” (Apostolicam Actuositatem 2; cf. Lumen Gentium 31; Catechism of the Catholic Church 863). An experience of communion that extends beyond attending the Mass out of obligation and into the midst of the world and its concerns.
We advocate that parish youth development is not just for young people or youth groups alone, but also the shared responsibility of all adults in the community regardless of age (or seniority). Parish youth apostolate is about everyone in the parish taking co-responsibility for leading Catholic Action or facilitating outreach events that engage the young people of the parish and beyond. Our ongoing challenge is to change outmoded and parochial mindsets that assume the Youth to be a separate or less important category from other church ministry groups -- because we are sent forth together as missionaries, both young and old, to "revive faith and rekindle charity in the Church and in the world, and bring all to unity in Christ” (Gen. St. UAC 1).