Outdoor Closing Mass

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) Outdoor Closing Mass?

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival exists to:

  • Provide a high-quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
  • Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
  • Evangelise young people and empower them to be evangelists;
  • Provide young people with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and catechesis.

The outdoor Closing Mass is open to all ACYF participants and invitation to attend is extended to the wider Catholic community.

2. When and where will the ACYF Closing Mass be held?

The ACYF Outdoor Mass will be held on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at Trinity College, 2 Trinity Avenue, East Perth.

3. What is the ACYF Closing Mass program?

4:00pm                        Gates Open

4:30pm – 6:30pm        Pre-Mass Entertainment
6:30pm – 8:00pm        Closing Mass
8:00pm – 9:00pm        Post Mass Entertainment

4. Do I need a ticket for the event?

The ACYF Closing Mass is a general admission event and free to attend, so tickets are not required.

5. What time should I arrive?

Gates open at 4.00pm with pre-Mass entertainment commencing at 4:30pm.  The Mass will commence at 6:30pm.  We encourage guests to arrive early to allow time to make your way into the venue, find a viewing area and enjoy the outdoor Mass atmosphere.

6. How do I find further information and updates on the event?

Keep an eye on the ACYF website at https://youthfestival.catholic.org.au for updates on the event or you might like to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/acyf19/.



7. Can I purchase or bring food to the Mass?

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages (non-alcoholic), to the event.  A variety of food trucks, coffee vans and a fundraising sausage sizzle will also be available at the venue.  Food vendors will accept cash and EFTPOS.

ACYF Participants who have purchased $15 meal tickets will be able to redeem these for meal combo packs from the range of food vans at the Closing Mass venue.

8. Can I purchase or bring alcohol to the Mass?

The ACYF Outdoor Closing Mass is an alcohol-free event and non-licensed venue.  Security personnel will conduct random bags checks at the entry gate and any alcohol will be confiscated.

9. Will there be security checks?

For everyone’s safety, security will be present and bag checks will be carried out at the entrance to the event.

10. What should I bring to the event?

  • Blankets, cushions, low or high chairs if you prefer not to sit on the grass (please note, there is a specific seating area for guests with chairs, to ensure they are not blocking the view of other guests)
  • Hats and sunscreen for sun protection
  • Food and drinks if you wish (these will also be available for purchase)
  • A jacket if it is chilly or windy
  • A raincoat or poncho if rain is forecast

11. Are there any prohibited items?

The following will not be permitted in the venue:

  • Alcohol
  • Tents and sun shelters
  • Cameras with powerful zoom lenses
  • Pets (other than guide dogs)

12. Will there be viewing screens?

Yes, two large LED screens will be displayed either side of the stage showing live footage of the Mass, as well as the pre-event and post event entertainment.  A third LED screen will be positioned behind the media marquee for guests seated towards the back of the oval.

13. Is there free seating and what type of seating can I bring?

The event site will be marked for audience seating with ACYF Participant, ACYF Guest and ACYF Guest with high seat areas.

This seating plan is in place to ensure all ACYF participants taking part in the Pilgrimage from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre can secure a place to sit with fellow Festival participants on arrival at Trinity College.

Designated seating for guests with high chairs means that there won’t be any obstruction to other guests’ view lines.

All seating areas will be line marked and ushers will be present to help direct you to the suitable seating area depending on what type of seating you have. Please note tents or sun shelters are not permitted.

14. Can I take photos and videos during the event?

Yes, but professional recording of stage performances using audio, video or photographic equipment is not permitted.  You are welcome to bring smartphones and cameras that ‘fit in a pocket’ such as small point and shoot cameras, however cameras with powerful zoom lenses will not be permitted into the venue.

15. Is there wheelchair access and accessible facilities?

Yes. Accessible parking, viewing areas and toilets will be available.  Please have your ACROD sticker on display.

ACROD parking is available in the Trinity College grounds, access via Nelson Avenue.  Please look out for the signs to accessible parking upon arrival.  Security will allow vehicles with ACROD stickers into the accessible parking area onsite.

16. Will there be a Lost Persons area?

Yes. As Lost Persons area will be located within the Guest Services marquees – please refer to Event Map.

17. What public facilities will be available?

Public facilities available during the event will include:

  • Food trucks, coffee vans and a fundraising sausage sizzle offering food and drinks for purchase
  • Free drinking water stations
  • Toilet facilities, including accessible toilets
  • Guest Services Marquees located at the venue – within them you will find Information, First Aid, Merchandise, Lost Persons and Lost Property areas – please refer to Event Map

18. What happens if there is bad weather? Will the event be cancelled?

The ACYF Outdoor Mass will go ahead in most weather conditions, however it may be slightly delayed or cancelled due to heavy rain or thunderstorms.  If you are concerned about the conditions, please come well prepared with your weather gear as the grass seating area is open-air.

In the unlikely event that the concert is cancelled, we will advise ACYF participants and the Catholic community via the ACYF app and ACYF website.  We will also let people know by social media via Facebook – please search for ACYF19 or go to https://www.facebook.com/acyf19/.



19. How do I get to the event as an ACYF participant?

ACYF participants are invited to join the ACYF Pilgrimage walk from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), along Riverside Drive to Trinity College.  ACYF Participants will walk with their groups and be advised by their Group Leader as to their departure time from the PCEC.

Festival organisers have ensured all group departure times allow Pilgrims to walk the route comfortably and to arrive at Trinity College with enough time to find a seating area, collect or purchase a meal from the food trucks and enjoy the pre-Mass entertainment.

20. What’s the best way of getting to the event?

The ACYF Outdoor Closing Mass will take place at Trinity College in East Perth.

Guests not participating in the Pilgrimage are encouraged to take public transport or carpool to limit congestion around the event.  The closest train station is Claisebrook Station.

There is a Pick Up / Drop Off zone on Trinity Avenue for cars, Uber and taxis.  Bus parking is available on Nelson Avenue along the Swan River (towards the Matagarup Bridge).

21. Is parking available?

Parking is available in areas surrounding Trinity College.  Guests are encouraged to park at Gloucester Park – entry is $10 per vehicle.  Please refer to Event Map.

City of Perth paid ticketed street parking is available on the streets surrounding Trinity College.

22. Will there be any road closures in the lead up to and/or during the event?

Yes, please note there will be a road closure on Trinity Avenue from Braithwaite Street on 10 December 2019.



Hosting Partners

Festival Director: Mr Malcolm Hart director.youth@catholic.org.au

Festival Coordinator: Mrs Renee Bennett acyf@encanta.com.au