Paul Kelly to sing at Melbourne Youth Mass

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly will make a guest appearance at the youth mass at St Ignatius Church in Melbourne's inner east on Sunday.

The Jesuits Australia website says that St Ignatius Church is "in the heart of the social life of many young people from around Melbourne, but not so many enter the doors of the church".

New parish priest, Fr Peter Norden SJ, has initiated a monthly youth mass, which is held on the first Sunday of each month, at 5:30 pm.

The well-known Australian singer and songwriter, Paul Kelly, will be there this Sunday (5 June). Fr Norden says that a large number of people are expected to take part in the youth liturgy that evening.

"Last month, we had a big band from Siena College, and it created a very engaging and prayerful atmosphere", he said. "About 350 people filled the church pews."

"We expect that Paul Kelly will do the same on June 5th" he explained.

For the last three months young people from around Melbourne have been gathering for this special liturgy. Young people manage the whole service from the readings, to the collection, to the singing and a reflection on the readings of the day.

"It is their mass" Peter Norden explained "and they are given the opportunity of expressing their faith in their own fashion".

The last three months, the reflection has been given by three young people:

Joe Green, Gabriel Ireland and Tom Simpson. Each month, someone is nominated to share their thoughts and some parts of their personal faith journey.

After the youth mass each month, the younger members of the congregation gather for refreshments, a bar-b-que or a few drinks. It is a social occasion as well as a liturgical occasion.

The monthly mass is not intended to cut across existing liturgies in local parishes, but to be a highlight.

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Catholic Parish of St Ignatius, Richmond | Monthly Youth Mass
Paul Kelly

3 Jun 2005