Juventutem Australia Inc
PO Box 54
Caulfield South VIC 3162
Tel: (0404) 140 662
or visit www.juventutem-australia.comGod Bless,
Dear Friend in Christ,
We are writing to inform you of a recent initiative within the traditional Latin Mass Community around the world, including Australia, called Juventutem. The name ‘Juventutem’ comes from Ps.42 in the opening prayers of the Roman Missal, “Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meum”, and was formed in France in 2004 in response to our late Holy Father John Paul II’s call to youth ” the Church needs genuine witnesses for the new evangelisation…the Church needs saints”, so that young people devoted to the Sacred Liturgy and the traditions of the Church could attend World Youth Day (WYD) as traditional pilgrims as well as being a daily and ongoing movement within the Church for the sanctification of our youth. This initiative calls us to be witnesses of the great heritage of our Faith, and the treasure that is the Latin liturgy, spreading this Faith and form of worship to our fellow young Catholics.
The first Juventutem delegation to attend WYD occurred last year in Cologne, Germany, where over 1,000 young people from France, Germany, England, Ireland, Spain, the United States and Australia gathered together at St. Antonius’ church in Dusseldorf, along with Cardinals and Bishops from many countries, including our own Cardinal Pell, to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Vespers and the Divine Office over a week. It was an outstanding success, the event receiving media attention, as well as new devotees to the Sacred Liturgy. We believe that the same response can occur here in Australia, in Sydney in 2008, which is also the year of the 20th anniversary of the Motu Proprio ‘Ecclesia Dei’. In the last year, we have received enthusiastic feedback from young people internationally, some of whom attended WYD with Juventutem last year, and many others who have heard about its successes from various sources; the internet, newspapers, religious journals and from their own parishes. Juventutem aims to foster a “new awareness” amongst these youth of the spiritual and liturgical heritage of the Church.
In order to achieve this, Juventutem Australia has been formed in the last year from pilgrims returning from WYD 2005 and is responsible for organizing the traditional Catholic programme in both Melbourne and Sydney in 2008. This event (Juventutem 2008) will be the largest gathering of young traditional Catholics in our nation’s history, and as you would expect significant costs are involved in it’s organization and planning. These include defraying travel and accommodation expenses of the many visiting clergy from overseas, providing transport, accommodation and catering for hundreds of young pilgrims, arranging support for each of the many language groups attending, as well as daily administration and communication expenses related to the project.
Juventutem Australia receives no funding from within Australia or internationally and is entirely dependant on the Latin Mass community for any financial support. We now require urgent assistance from our own community if we are to achieve any goals for WYD 2008 - primarily the organization of a full liturgical and pastoral programme comprising daily Solemn Mass, Divine Office and catechesis as well as workshops in Latin, Gregorian chant, and cultural excursions. Without such assistance, it will be impossible to stage this event in 2008 which young people from at least 20 countries are looking forward to attending.
Although we have made progress this year in promoting Juventutem within Australia and overseas, setting up a website, conducting surveys, obtaining support from Ecclesia Dei organizations, it is imperative we find funds to not only continue the complex preparations for 2008, but to continue to exist as a viable ongoing movement within the Australian community.
The Juventutem Australia Committee believe that such an important occasion will not only directly benefit Australia’s Catholic community, but also the communities of all those countries taking part. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Australia in May this year:
“More than an event, World Youth Day is a time of deep ecclesial renewal, especially among the young, the fruits of which will benefit the whole of your society”
Please visit http://juventutem-australia.com/Donations.php to make a donation. We are very grateful for any contribution you are able to make.
Please keep all the young people involved in Juventutem here and overseas in your prayers, as we will keep you in ours.
Thanking you in advance for your support, and with every good wish,
Miss Eve Woolven
Secretary, Juventutem Australia
Dr Chris Steward
Acting President, Juventutem Australia