A big warm hello to the Caloundra Catholic Community!
My name is Felicity, and I am the new parish Youth Minister. I have just moved to the Sunny Coast from Ipswich where I was involved in various ministry for the past six years. I am excited to be here with you and to get to know many of you, especially our young people and their families, as the year goes on. It has been the greatest joy to share the gift of faith with others, and I am keen to meet you where you’re at, hear your story and journey alongside you! I will be based within the parish and also within Unity College, so I look forward to meeting many of our students!
I would like to acknowledge and thank NET Ministries for the wonderful space they have created for our youth within Caloundra the past two years. As they move forward, so do we, and so we announce that our youth ministry will now be known as Kingdom Youth & Young Adults! May we encourage each other to be kingdom minded, supporting one another as we each play our part in building up the Kingdom of God.
Our readings for this Sunday seem particularly fitting as we introduce this new ministry and rejoice in this new season. When thinking and praying about this new undertaking, there were various potential names for the ministry that crossed my mind. Suddenly, one day when I was not intentionally thinking about it, the Holy Spirit seemed to place the idea of the Kingdom of God in my heart and mind. What are our hopes for not only the young people of the parish, but ourselves? We hope to be Christ-like people. We hope to be worthy of the Kingdom of God. We hope to be a community that reflects the Kingdom here on earth. The second reading today from St Paul reaffirms what community means. “Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Cor 12:12). We all have a special and unique part to play in this community and in building up the Kingdom. Often, our youth feel as if their voices are too small to be heard. Our vision for this new ministry is to provide opportunities for our young people to personally encounter Jesus, spiritually and inwardly, and also within the very community they call home. Our vision is for them to feel seen and heard, just as Jesus would have looked upon them and listened intently to them. Together we are Christ’s body, yet each a different part of it (1 Cor 12:27), and our youth are an integral part of not only our future, but our present.
In the Gospel we hear Jesus say, “This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.” Jesus is fulfilling his promises to us right here and right now, through one another and the power of the Spirit. He calls us to spread the good news, to really see each other, to listen to those who think they are small, and to build each other up. In doing these things for each other, we fulfil the words of the Gospel.
This new ministry belongs to our whole community, and I am so excited to journey with you. If you are interested in assisting us, please email me at [email protected]. Watch this space for more information about our upcoming launch over the next few weeks! If you have Instagram, follow us @kingdom.caloundra for frequent updates and more!
St Teresa of Avila said, “Christ has no body on earth but yours. No hands and feet but yours.” May we be inspired by these words, and the words of St Paul, to do some good in whatever way we can this week. Be kind to yourself and others, and please take care during these trying times.
May God bless your week, Felicity