A Melbourne Catholic singer has encouraged more than 250 Parramatta Catholic school students to listen to what God is telling them during her performance at LIFTED Live Jr. Source: Catholic Outlook.
By Mary Brazell, Catholic Outlook
The students, from 17 Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta primary schools had gathered for LIFTED Live Jr, a day of music and witness for students at Rooty Hill last week.
Gen Bryant, who performed at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth in December, sang original songs to a boisterous crowd who were happy to sing and dance along.
In introducing one of her newest songs, Raise Up Your Voice, Ms Bryant said she felt inspired to use her gifts of music to do good in the world.
“I’ve been feeling really passionate about using my voice for doing good in the world. We all have different gifts and talents that God has given us. Mine’s in music, so I’ve thought what is a way that I can use my voice to do good things for others,” she said.
James Camden, Director, Catholic Youth Parramatta, told the crowd, “We wanted a day where we could celebrate the contributions that you all make to bringing faith to live in your primary schools.”
Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. told the students about what Pope Francis is calling young people to do through his Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit.
“Pope Francis wants to convey the message of St Francis of Assisi to our time, which is to live in solidarity with one another, but especially the poor and the marginalised and also to live in harmony with God’s creation,” he said.
Reflecting on Bishop Vincent’s message, Ms Bryant returned to the stage and told the students that in her times of struggle, she always calls out to God for help.
The students explored Bishop Long’s call to action in group activities. They were encouraged to come up with ways to share the message of Christ is alive and care for our common home through fundraising initiatives and awareness campaigns at their schools.
Catholic primary school students raise their voices at LIFTED Jr (Catholic Outlook)