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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Day 3 - Possible Mission Is...

Hooray another rainy day at camp! We comforted ourselves with pancakes and toast for breakfast before being lead in Morning Prayer by team ‘Dr No’ and we reflected on adopting a missionary attitude within our own lives.

Today’s talk was presented by Hayley Chapman who focused on ‘Possible Mission is…’ Hayley focused on her experiences in combining her passion for social justice with her faith. She challenged us all to do the same, leaving us with a great quote from Marianne Williamson, “Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our biggest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

We also had a talk from Brother Paul, who is from mainland China and is the first Oblate ordained in 48 years, who shared with us how came to be with the Oblate.

Stanley also spoke about the work he had done with his youth group back in Hong Kong. His amazing passion and enthusiasm has been seen by all over the last couple days and has inspired and renewed all participants to do the same in their local communities.

Today’s group activities included painting candles that were then commissioned and will be sent out to the local communities, both in Australia and Hong Kong. We continued the day by performing our group skits based on ‘Mission is Possible’ and our individual movie themes. The skits were amazing! There was no clear winner as they were all highly polished, well directed performances and each skit had a unique flavour to them. Each team should be very proud of their creativity.

Tonight’s Mass was organised by ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Ghost Protocol’. Mass was lead by Bishop Mark and was a beautiful conclusion to the camp. Fini challenged us all to remember that we are the key to making mission possible, and said that the greatest gift he could give to anyone is a mirror. As we ourselves, with God’s grace can achieve anything.

Mass was followed by a late night part-ay, and everyone got out their best dance moves and boogied into the night.

We would sincerely like to thank, Peter and Toni the camp owners for allowing us to use their facilities and for their generous hospitality…and delicious food!

We would also like to say thank you to all the Oblates who took time away from their parishes and commitments to join us over the camp.

And lastly to Fr Christian Fini, whom without his dedication, support, passion and love for youth ministry this camp would not be possible.

Day 2 - Mission Is Possible!

Another beautiful Melbourne day began with a light drizzle followed by a slight downpour! We warmed up with hash browns for breakfast and some lovely emails from family and many Oblate youth members from all across the globe!

We were lead by team ‘Argo’ in a beautiful Morning Prayer and Tony Pham gave an outstanding talk on the significance of doing things in community and that with God, Mission is Possible. He outlined how community was key to mission and the importance of recognizing when to relinquish certain responsibilities to allow for growth.

We spent some more time in our discussion groups creating images on crosses that represented us while we discussed the possibility of being a missionary in today’s secular world.

Afterwards we enjoyed some delicious burgers before heading off to our first workshops. There were four workshops available; Mission through Oblate Youth Australia presented by Emma Rice, Parishes and Schools by Josh Rajasingam, Oblate Missionaries by Tishan Lokuge and Q&A with our priests (and Bishop).

Emma explored the many different options we have for becoming missionaries as part of OYA including Partners in Mission (PIM), Rosies and World Youth Day.

Tishan spoke to us about Josef Cebula and the Spanish Martyrs and the sacrifices they made and commitment to their faith.

Josh presented on how we can make better connections with young adults through our church parishes and school.

Finally, the Q&A session saw participants have the opportunity to ask many of the oblates on this year’s NOYE any question they like. Some topics explored why they joined the oblates, to how the church can survive in the modern world.

We continued through the day until we entered into a very prayerful and significant part of the camp; Reconciliation. It allowed for participants to reflect and take time out for themselves in a world where it can seem so difficult to do. We were blessed to have 11 Oblates to share in the extraordinary sacrament of reconciliation.

We concluded the night with an epic titanic 7-way battle for the prestigious title of “Matt, Hayley and Emma’s Super Fun Game Quiz Night Fun Wow” trophy (a packet of Oreos). The night consisted of rounds of questions and hilarious and amazing games. In an unseen and ridiculous finish, there was a three-way tie for 1st place, leaving the participants in utter shock and awe.

Again a big day but thoroughly enjoyed by all and the experience and encounter of God and our faith continues tomorrow.

Day 1 - Is Mission Possible?

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 WOOHOO! NOYE 2015 has landed and we are loving it!

Our participants arrived at Ferngully Lodge early this afternoon and were privileged enough to spend an extra 5 quality minutes on the bus as they waited for the rain to stop bucketing down. Once it eased up a little they got to play a game called ‘get-off-the-bus,-grab-your-luggage-and-run-away-from-the-rain-really-fast!’ Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
Participants then had lunch (chicken burgers mmm-yummy) and headed to the main gathering space where they got to meet their MC’s for the camp: Matt and Rasika (who were hilarious…no, seriously!) who introduced Fr Christian Fini and the Hosting Community.
Thanks to some serious ice laid down by Matt and Rasika, Sunil and Antoinette got the group to partake in some ‘ice breakers’ and our participants were given the opportunity to get to know each other better.
Afterwards participants moved off to their individual groups after meeting their discussion group facilitators and the other members of their group.
Thanks to Tim (a Mazenod VIC old boy) who represents Corporate Challenge we were treated to some pretty awesome challenges and group activities centered around our theme ‘Mission is Possible’.
It allowed the groups to work as a team together and think outside the box to achieve the goal…most of the time.
Because we got so competitive we got super hungry and luckily we had dinner and jelly and ice-cream for dessert!
Team ‘Cloak and Dagger’ lead us in a beautiful, reflective prayer before James gave an epic talk about the Oblate Charism and how St Eugene allowed God in to all parts of his life, and challenged us all to be open to God’s call in our own lives and live each day as a prayer.

The day wrapped up with some delicious supper and community bonding. Excited and somewhat exhausted, heads hit the pillow ready for the new day and experiences to come.


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