25 Mar

Youth Leaders Update #1

Sydney Catholic Youth hopes you are all staying healthy and in good company during this time. As a youth office we want you to know that while things are out of the ordinary, our mission hasn’t stopped. We are working to provide you with resources and the community we need to keep things going.

If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook to receive all the latest in regards to our online weekly schedule, resources, reflections and things alike.


Please feel free to contact myself or Chris anytime if you have any questions, concerns or want to discuss strategies for ministry during this time.

Below are some resources we have collected for online ministry, some tips for safeguarding, and a list of livestream masses for you.

We are here for you and praying for you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if needed.

God bless



Online youth ministry ideas for this week:

  1. How to Run a Small Group Remotely by Ascension Presents – https://www.facebook.com/AscensionPress/videos/687807358625362/

  2. Formed.org is offering a free 40 day subscription for non-members in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Formed is like a Catholic netflix – you will have access to many movies, tv series, documentaries, books and study programs that you could use as a resource for you and your youth. Give them more wholesome ideas for binging movies or get them to study a topic to present at your next online meeting. https://formed.org/faithathome

  3. Online youth ministry via group chats; GroupMe, Catholic.social, Zoom, Whatsapp. Zoom has lifted their 40 minute limit in response to the coronavirus pandemic too!


  1. Looking for more structure? Online small groups with YDisciple & Catholic.Social – providing an online space for videos on discipleship, followed by discussion questions and discussion space. FREE at the moment, go and check it out and see if it works for you! https://catholic.social/ydisciple/


Safeguarding tips for online ministry:

  1. Ensure you have parent or carer’s permission to contact under 18s via web chat (contact should never be 1-1)
  2. Check any private messaging options and disable this feature before starting
  3. Make sure there are at least two adults in each video chat with under 18s


Here’s a list of live stream masses, prayers, homilies, etc.

St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart

St Joseph’s, Kingswood

Our Lady of the Rosary, Fairfield

Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral (Maronite)

St Joseph’s, Camperdown

Shalom World – Daily Mass from around the world