the Heart of Jesus
Beats within us all
DARWIN 2015

"We had two young people attend the youth Assembly that were at a cross road in their lives. They were struck by the openness of the young people at the event and their willingness to discuss their faith and culture. They have returned from the Assembly with a renewed sense of faith and in their own words 'a new clear direction in life'" Lorraine Tomlins

Faith, Culture and Spirituality were the key elements that 50 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics came together to talk about and experience at the 2015 NATSICC Assembly in Darwin.

 

They spoke not only of the future but also the present - the challenges that they face on a day to day basis and the strength they gain from having a strong foundation of faith and culture. Led by NATSICC Youth Councillor Sabrina Stevens (assisted by Darwin Diocese Youth Officer Benita Di Vincintiis and volunteer Regina McCarthy), the youth were able to create a safe and relaxing space that was conducive to sharing and listening. The 'Youth Chillout Zone' was set up under the trees of Kormilda College and it hosted many of the workshops and presentations. Presenters included:

 

  • Emmanuel Worship -  emmanuelworship is the worship ministry of the Emmanuel Community a Catholic mission community in Brisbane propelled by a vision to 'reveal Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit'. This is where they are grounded, fuel their passion and live out their mission to renew the Church through the power of music and worship. Their music was a constant backdrop for the whole Assembly and they performed at several of the Masses and events of the week. The real beauty in having a musical element present is the confidence that young people draw from being able to use their gifts in a way that is appreciated by many. We saw our young people grow before our eyes.

 

  • Headspace - A leading mental health initiative, Headspace provides services and information to young people in a culturally appropriate way. Youth Suicide is happening in  our communities at an alarming rate and NATSICC felt that it was important to include this aspect in the Youth Assembly program. Sharnie Roberts spoke to the group about coping mechanisms, how to help others when they are suffering mental health issues and where to go for help.

 

  • Several workshops took place including Sr Rosie Drum on the concept of prayer and Kodi Brady who spoke about the importance of being a positive role model for those around you.



 

 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council

'The peak Indigenous advisory body to the Catholic Church'

80C Payneham Rd.

Stepney SA 5069

www.natsicc.org.au   |   craig@natsicc.org.au   | 08 8363 2963

 

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