A Youth Community
Encompass Youth takes place within the boundaries of our parishes and some neighbouring parishes. Encompass is a way of ensuring that opportunities exist for youth engagement across our parishes, providing pathways for the further involvement in the Church. Encompass’ Vision is as that youth and young adults are actively engaged with the Church, so that they might claim it as their own and ‘take up their rightful place as the young heart of the Church’.
Encompass runs activities throughout the year, ranging from monthly youth Mass to exploring faith to outreach activities. There is also a monthly Youth-led Mass at OLGC Deepdene, where all are welcome.
Activities are open to all young people (Years 9–12 and post school).
World Youth Day 2023
One of the biggest events for youth on the international stage takes place in 2023 – World Youth Day (WYD). WYD will be held in Lisbon, Portugal between late July and early August.
Encompass is excited to offer partial funding for those between the ages of 16-35. You may be travelling with a group organised by the Archdiocese of Melbourne or making your own travel plans. If you would like to apply for funding, please complete the expressions of interest form with your contact details.
Applications close on Friday, 10 March and Fr Hoang Dinh, the Assistant Parish Priest, will be in contact.
A brief meeting for applicants will take place on Tuesday, 14 March.
Following WYD, participants are invited to continue their involvement in youth activities in the parish.
Getting to World Youth Day
Archdiocese of Melbourne
Join the Archdiocese of Melbourne on one of their pilgrimages to World Youth Day 2023. Visit the Melbourne Catholic website for further details. Registration closes on 17 March.
Own travel plans
You are welcome to make your own travel plans.
Keep in contact
Let us know your plans. Contact the Parish Office on 03 9816 9291 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Youth Mass for 2023
This is a special year for Youth Ministry as Encompass Youth begins 2023. Formed last year, this ministry hopes to engage young people with new activities and initiatives to explore their faith whilst having the opportunity to connect with others.
Sunday, 5 March at 5.00 pm
This event will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene. Everyone is invited to come along and get involved in hospitality, music, reading, altar service or other areas of Parish Youth Ministry. Hospitality will take place in the Gathering Space after Mass. This will be an opportunity to meet and have an informal chat on faith and youth ministry with other young people from local parishes and beyond.
For further information contact the Parish Office.