Bishop Vincent: HSC Students are ‘Generation Hope’

25 October 2020


Virtual cheers and wishes flowed on Sunday 18 October as Bishop Vincent Long, IFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta provided a special online blessing for Year 12 students across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains ahead of their HSC exams.

Bishop Vincent encouraged members of the faithful in the Diocese of Parramatta to pray for the students of “Generation Hope” during the LIFTED Livestream, hosted by Catholic Youth Parramatta, and broadcast through Facebook on Sunday night.

Normally at this time of year, many parishes across the Diocese of Parramatta hold special Masses where parishioners can show their support for HSC students and their families.

This year, in order to adhere to pandemic guidelines around social distancing and safety, blessings, prayers and wishes were delivered virtually – although no less heartfelt – throughout the event.

The Diocese of Parramatta wishes all Year 12 students across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains all the best for their HSC exams. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The LIFTED Special can now be viewed on The Well – the Diocese of Parramatta’s new online platform that provides free, ‘on-demand’ inspiration for families, children, young people and faith communities.


Short on time? Here’s the list of what happened on the HSC Lifted Special – just scroll through the replay video to find the part you’re after.

1:35 – Opening with the Hosts featuring James Camden and Qwayne Guevara

3:32 – Your Grace is Enough featuring Gen Lee and Nathan Fernandes

7:18 – Messages of support and best wishes from Parish Priests across the Diocese of Parramatta

11:13 – Scripture with Rosie Drum MGL

12:32 – Messages of support and some study advice from Year 6 students from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

15:25 – Prayers of Intercession led by current Year 12 students from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

16:58 – Message from Bishop Vincent to Year 12 – Generation Hope 

18:35 – Blessing from Bishop Vincent and clergy of the Diocese of Parramatta

20:16 – The Blessing featuring Gen Lee, Nathan Fernandes and Year 12’s.


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