Youth Group

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship… Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
— St Thomas Aquinas

Adelaide Latin Mass Community

Youth Group

The Holy Name Youth Group provides an opportunity for children aged 8-17 to come together to learn more about their faith and to interact with other young Catholics. Youth Group begins with 45 minutes of high-quality Catechesis, tailored to age and grade, before children and youth leaders head to the church to attend Mass together. Afterwards, there are dinner and games before dismissal at 8:45pm.

Although the after-Mass Youth Group program only runs on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, Catechesis classes occur weekly. Classes are held from 5:30pm-6:15pm every Friday in term time and are offered in 3 streams; Yrs 3-5, Yrs 6-8 and Yrs 9-12.

On the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, Catechesis is followed by Youth Group. Children attend Mass with the leaders at 6.30pm before heading to the Ellengowan Hall for dinner, where they are split into 3 streams for the remainder of the Youth Group night. These streams are Yrs 3-5, Yrs 6-8 and Yrs 9-12, all with their own separate spaces and youth group leaders. In these groups, children have the opportunity to bond with their peers and to engage in fun activities that are suited to their age and interests.

Activity Days

The Holy Name Youth Group also offers Activity Days in the school holidays. These days are characterised by a combination of fun activities, such as bowling or laser tag, and Faith formation such as talks and meditations which are facilitated by youth leaders, guest speakers and/or visiting religious/clergy.

If you are a new or existing Holy Name parishioner and wish to send your children to Youth Group, please get in contact with Bianca Fisher or Fr Thomas Sofatzis to request a registration form. Printed forms can also be found in the church.

Please be aware that it is strongly recommended that your child attends both Catechesis and the after-Mass Youth Group program. However, for parents who wish to enrol their children in either Youth Group or Catechesis only, this can be arranged. Please get in touch with Bianca Fisher or Fr Thomas Sofatzis for enrolments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Children must be 8 in order to join Youth Group. Your child is welcome to join Youth Group as soon as they turn 8.

The Holy Name Youth Group first and foremost serves children of Holy Name parishioners. Children who are not regular parishioners must at a minimum attend the 6.30pm Friday Masses on Youth Group nights with the other children. Please contact Fr Sofatzis before enrolling your child if this situation applies to you.

Parents are expected to sign their children in and out of Youth Group and Catechesis. There is a designated sign-in/out desk outside the gated area of the meeting room.

Catechesis starts at 5:30pm sharp and finishes at 6:15pm. There are four classes split into grade levels, with each class containing a Catechist and an assistant. Please ensure you arrive promptly so as to avoid disrupting the classes. We are very pleased to be able to offer these classes to your children and please let us know if you have any further questions.

Yes. Children will be supervised by Youth Leaders in reserved pews up the front of the church. On Catechesis-only nights, all children who have not been picked up by 6:25pm will be taken into Mass, where they can be collected from inside the church or at the end of Mass.

Yes. Children of Holy Name parishioners may attend any number of Activity Days, provided that the relevant permission forms are completed.
There is also no obligation for children to attend every Youth Group Friday if they are enrolled, although regular attendance is encouraged in order to draw the most benefit from Catechesis.

More Information


Catechesis classes: every Friday during term time
Youth Group program: every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month during term time
Activity Days: are held 2-3 times a year in the school holidays. Activity Days are announced in the Bulletin close to the dates.

Catechesis classes: 5:30pm-6:15pm
Youth Group program: 7:15pm-8:45pm
Youth Group nights schedule:
5:30pm – Catechesis classes begin.
6:30pm – Children attend Mass with Youth Leaders.
7:15pm – Dinner and games.
8:45pm – Dismissal.

WHERE: The Holy Name Church & Meeting Room.

AGE: Children of Holy Name parishioners, ages 8-17.

WHAT TO BRING: Generally children attending Youth Group do not need to bring anything, however, those who go to Catechesis classes may be expected to bring certain materials such as textbooks and stationary. Please get in contact with Fr Sofatzis or Bianca Fisher for specific details.

COST: A gold coin donation per child is requested for each Youth Group night in order to cover the cost of dinner and Catechetical resources

How to Register

Registration forms are available inside the church. Electronic forms can also be requested via email. Please get in contact with Father Sofatzis or Bianca Fisher to request an electronic form.

Please note: Children will not be permitted to attend Youth Group or Catechesis classes without a registration form. Please complete forms prior to attendance.


Dinner is catered for by generous volunteers who provide both a main meal and a dessert. Please indicate on registration forms if your child has any special dietary needs. Please note that we only cater for gluten, dairy and nut free. We also allow parents to send meals with their child eg. if the child’s allergy is particularly severe and they do not wish to risk contamination. Please let us know if you would like to do this.

For Enquiries
Fr Thomas Sofatzis FSSP

Fr Thomas Sofatzis FSSP

Assistant Priest
Contact Fr Sofatzis here.

Bianca Fisher

Bianca Fisher

Contact Person 2
E. bjadefisher[at]