#MYRECONCILIATIONINCLUDES- A Day of Education for Truth & Reconciliation On June 8th, 2017 students and staff at St. Peter School embarked on a journey towards truth & reconciliation as our solid commitment to meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. We focused on learning Canada’s collective history of Indigenous peoples. St. Peter School learned through a variety of contexts through print, art, oral expression and faith with strong evidence of reconciliation. Students and staff at St. Peter School participated in the Project of Heart and Shannen’s Dream initiatives. Many activities were planned and taught to students about these educational programs leading up to this day. The Project of Heart is an educational program that commemorates the children that attended the residential schools through small tiles. These tiles were decorated by the students, signifying a child that never made it home, or a survivor of these schools. Each classroom picked...
Ten years of talent was showcased last week as some members of the Archdiocesan Youth and Young Adult Leadership Teams celebrated their “Favourite Things.” This Variety Night show, celebrating its 10th year... was a three hour extravaganza showcasing some of the favourite music, dance and comedy from Variety Night over the last 10 years.
It all began in 2008 when Michelle Braden and the St. Peters’s youth group needed a way to help raise money to attend World Youth Day. In this year’s Variety Night program it said, “We performed on a stage made out of wooden tables balanced on chairs that were zip-tied together... Yikes! The show was simply called ‘Variety Night’ consisting of 12 acts put together in 3 weeks. There was no theme, no spotlights, no program. We don’t even remember what the acts were but there was a spirit of community and there was a spirit of working together to do something we were proud of. It gave us the opportunity to invite young people to join us and to...
The Archdiocesan Youth Liturgical Leadership graduated its second largest class on May 18. Graduates planned and participated in all aspects of the graduation mass which was held at Holy Trinity Parish.
The program is in its 16th year and, according to Miles Meyers Catholic Education coordinator, the 150 Grade Six students from 11 Catholic elementary schools is the second largest class they have had since the program’s inception. “They learn how to prepare a mass and how to prepare a prayer service at their school and how to prepare prayers for the school intercom.”
The students learn all the parts of the mass, act as mass servers, perform some of the readings and are even taught how to greet people entering the church prior to mass. At the graduation mass students greeted and welcomed guests and parishioners as they entered the church and asked if they wished to bless themselves with holy water from a flowing fountain by the entrance.
Variety Night is an annual initiative of the Archdiocese of Regina Youth and Young Adult Leadership Teams. It is a dynamic evening of music, drama, dance, comedy and food! This year we celebrate 10 years with a show entitled “Our Favorite Things” in which we feature some of our favorite acts from over the last 9 years. It’s a great night out for a worthy cause! This year’s proceeds go to orphanages in the Philippines and Belize as well as some local charities. Shows are held at Resurrection Parish on May 26, 27, 28, 29. Tickets are $25 and available at Resurrection Parish office at the Archdiocese of Regina office, from any cast member or by calling 306-540-6321.
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...
Seventy-five parishioners and priests gathered at Holy Rosary Cathedral to listen to Michelle Braden and Braden Kuntz, Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Coordinators encouraging a rethink of youth ministry. Most parishes are worried about the lack of young people in their pews and are searching for ideas that will help bring them back.
Groups gathered to discuss the impact parish life had in their past. We realized that in many cases social activities centered around the church especially in rural communities. If young rural people saw their friends after school, it was usually at Mass on Sunday or at church social functions. There weren’t as many extracurricular rivals for the attention of our youth in the past. However, many young people today are starving all around us, searching for spiritual food to feed their souls.
Seven young people shared their faith stories with the group and as we listened, a common theme emerged. They were invited to join the youth group by...
Yesterday, the General Secretariat received an update from Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CCCB National Coordinator for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, regarding the Canadian national gathering that took place July 26. According to Father Rosica, the gathering brought together over 3500 young Canadians from every province in the country. The celebration was presided by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The Canadian Ambassador to Poland and the Consul General were also present and addressed the youth during the celebration.
For your information and possible distribution in your diocese/eparchy, here is the video link to the gathering: http://livestream.com/wydcentral2013/events/5891948/videos/130995956. You may also wish to post it on your diocesan website or share it with local youth groups.
Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers (WCACYM) has been annually sponsoring the Summer Seminars for youth ministers and volunteers in Western Canada since 1991. To date, more than 450 students have studied and benefited from the on-going youth ministry training held each summer.
Our training seminars have evolved. We have introduced a system of learning that will provide the following:
1) Certificate Courses which will lead to the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies (CCYMS)
2) Enrichment Courses, which will equip youth ministry leaders with practical ideas and challenge them as well to growth in the Catholic faith. These will be non-certificate courses.
The two streams will run concurrently.
Colm Leyne Summer Seminar Coordinator Work: (306) 716-5231 E-Mail: wcacym [dot] summerseminaryahoo [dot] ca
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