It was loud and it was fun as about 120 high school students and 69 young adult leaders from across the Regina Archdiocese who gathered at O’Neil High School for the annual MyGen Rally on April 1.
”We’ve had about 120 people registered for each of the last five years,” said Regina Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator Michelle Braden. “It would be nice to have more come but it seems to be the number God means for us to have because the number has been consistent for the last five years.”
The two-day theme was, Lead, Follow, and or Get Out Of The Way, and featured three talks by Regina inspirational speaker Gabe Dipple. He gave talks on leadership and what it means to be a leader; the talk on following focused on modelling ourselves on Christ and His examples of leadership, and the final talk on Sunday explored the excuses we use for not serving and leading. The talks were relatable and very well received.
Both days were filled with activities, games, including basketball and opportunities for reconciliation with several priests available at different times. The Regina CWL Councils hosted a prayer room and were stars on the basketball court while Knights of Columbus members looked after providing behind the scenes support including overnight security, set up and meals for the event. An absolute highlight of the weekend was Saturday evening’s Adoration, Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation followed by a late night dance.
Music over the two days was provided by the Rally Band, a group of young musicians who came together specifically to play for the weekend. Saturday included a powerful dramatization of the Stations of the Cross. Saturday was also a day in which participants were transported to 24 venues around the city to perform service for a variety of nongovernment agencies like senior care homes and shelters. A group stayed behind at the school and packed “purses” for street people to be distributed by Carmichael Outreach, Transition House, and Sofia House. The purses contained items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, soaps, a blanket, and other similar useful items. They each wrote a heartfelt note of encouragement to be placed in each bag.
Sunday opened with breakfast next door at St. Peter’s church hall followed by more games, six breakout sessions which included: Leading Ladies: addressing the mean girl syndrome among your peers; Leading with Style: Determining your leadership style; Somebody Get Me Out of My Way: Building the inner confidence to lead. A wrap-up video of the 2017 MyGen Rally was shared with those who joined the students for the closing Mass which was celebrated by Father John Meehan S.J., President of Campion College.
Plans are already underway for MyGen 2018 next March… see you there!