Pilgrims from across Australia have started arriving in Perth for the three-day Australian Catholic Youth Festival that begins on Sunday. Source: The eRecord.
Many pilgrim groups are scheduled to attend Mass at Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday ahead of the festivities.
During ACYF, many exciting features will enable the young Church of Australia to share ideas, interact, pray, "Listen to what the Spirit is Saying", and learn more about the work of the Church.
The Encounter Expo, with more than 80 exhibitors, will allow pilgrims to discover ways to connect with other Christians, grow and develop in their own faith journey and be inspired to take on one of the many opportunities for sharing that faith with others.
Many ACYF 2019 pilgrim groups are accompanied by a Catholic priest who will provide spiritual guidance, scriptural and prayer formation, as well as access to the Sacraments.
Another highlight, the Experiential Prayer Room, will showcase different prayer styles.
The Perth Archdiocese will distribute copies of its latest handbook, The Power of Freedom, which is dedicated to young people. The handbook was launched at a pre-ACYF gathering for Perth locals on Tuesday.
The festival will end with a Closing Mass held at Trinity College, with an expected 7000 to attend, including the wider Perth Catholic community.