Youth Ministry

Ever wonder what Youth Ministry really is? 

Is there more to it than just eating pizza and playing dodgeball? (hint: yes)

Do you desire for your parish to be welcoming to youth? (hint: it can be!)

The Office of Youth Ministry is now offering Youth Ministry workshops! Call and book yours today!

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MyGen 2017 Wrap Up Video

Hightlights fromt the MyGen Youth Rally

MyGen 2016 Keynote 1 - Colm Leyne

MyGen 2016 Keynote 2 - Colm Leyne

MyGen 2016 Special Guests | Friends on the Outside

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Missionary with the Archdiocese of Regina

Last updated on July 31, 2014

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Blogging site for the missions trip

Last updated on July 31, 2014

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Lessons From Camp

Last updated on July 29, 2014

Preparing for and running a summer camp is an incredible amount of work! Yet every year summer, camp stands out as one of the ministry highlights of my year. So I have to ask myself why.....?

-Is it the steady diet of hotdogs and hambugers?  Unlikely.

-Is it the 3-4 hours of sleep each night?  Nope!

-How about that smell....a blend of mosquito repellant, sunscreen and unwashed clothes?
 Think I could live pretty nicely without that particular fragrance.

-And the bugs...a cocktail of wasps AND mosquitos AND fish flies AND ticks? Definitely not!!

So what DOES make it so worthwhile? Allow me to share....

- Watching campers step out of their comfort zone while a whole crowd encourages them.

- Watching young adults minister & share their gifts; willingly,enthusiastically and usually for no pay.

- The ability to slow down and unplug and watch kids relax and unwind.

- The gift of so much laughter! Those...

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Reason's to Celebrate

Last updated on June 17, 2014

Reasons to Celebrate
      Each year members of the Archdiocesan Young Adult and high school leadership teams are asked to do some sort of project to raise funds or awareness for an issue of justice. (for example some of the youth from St. Vincent de Paul in Weyburn, recently hosted a  highly successful “crepes” breakfast with funds going to families in need !  

       On June 6-9, the Regina contingent of the leadership teams banded together to raise funds for a missions trip to the Philippines where they will build 2 homes. This large fundraiser took the form of a “Variety Night” with the theme “Seasons to Celebrate”. It was held from June 6-9 at resurrection Parish Hall. And what a reason for celebration it was! A cast and crew of 68 teens and young adults worked together to put on an amazing show! Sometimes, as church we, as “older” church can forget that “church” happens everywhere! Or should! Although it was an absolutely amazing show with rave reviews, most...

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Relax, Re-energize, Rejoice: Make Yourself @Home

Last updated on January 30, 2014

At its best, church should feel like home! It should be where we feel loved and accepted, where we are challenged and affirmed, where we would be missed if we weren’t there and where we are known by name. Jan. 17-19 saw the dioceses of Regina, Saskatoon and P.A. as well as the eparchy of Saskatoon welcome folks from across the country to our Sask home. With the beautiful new Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon serving as a home base, the Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network, (CCYMN) gathered together as a community of believers who seek to serve the young church. Although this conference, (which happens every 2nd year in Canada) is targeted as professional development for those in youth ministry, this year a concerted effort was made to include all who serve in the formation of the young. Consequently, we were blessed to also have with us, for the weekend, 3 of our 4 Sask. bishops and numerous, parents, grandparents, teachers, volunteers and clergy. 

Working with...

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Kids These Days!

Last updated on February 7, 2014

“The world is passing through troublesome times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age.They are inpatient of all restraint and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior.”( Attributed to a sermon preached by Peter the Hermit in 1274 A.D.)

When I saw this quote, I couldn’t help but laugh. There really IS nothing new under the sun! It appears that the attitudes of some young people have been a frustration to older generations since the beginning of time! I have worked with young people from all walks of life and all kinds of life situations for the last 15 years and while I may not have actually “seen it all”, I think I’m close!  I recognize kids can make bad choices, I recognize they can be self-centered. I recognize they can sometimes be short sighted and rebellious and lazy. I also recognize a few other traits...

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In My Humble Opinion

Last updated on November 13, 2013

I am often invited to speak to parishes and share my opinion about what can be done to'get young people back into our churches. I wish with all my heart that I could give them what they are hoping for, which is a “to-do”list. If we simply hire someone to work in youth ministry or have this program or that activity, then the young people and their families will again fill our parishes. Now let me very clear, I am obviously a HUGE advocate of having youth ministers in our parishes!!! And there are indeed good programs out there that help us reach out to young people. But none of these are enough in and of themselves. We need to create communities they want to be a part of. They need to witness how we love and support one another. They need to see the love and joy and hope that fills us....so they will want what we have! There are not any easy answers. The key to success involves love and evangelization and a whole community of people committed to truly growing in our own faith and to...

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It All Happens at Camp!!

Last updated on October 15, 2013

Anyone who has ever worked at a camp can testify to the fact that great things happen at camp! I am of the opinion that this statement is even more accurate when we are speaking about faith-based camps.  Removing young people from their usual routine, removing their minute to minute reliance on technology, re-connecting them with God’s creation, allowing opportunities for fun and friendship while creating a close-knit community where they feel safe, all serve to open young folks up to an encounter with God. Each part of the formula is important.  If we were to remove the fun or the community or the opportunity to just “be” in nature, the experience would be diminished.

This year the Archdiocesan High School Leadership Team (and others interested in developing leadership skills) was involved in 2 diocesan camps. The first camp was FOR the growth, development and training of our high school leaders in grades 10-12. The theme of the week was “This Is Your Life!” (Are you...

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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

Last updated on September 13, 2013

In early July, as I contemplated the possibilities for the upcoming year in youth ministry, it was apparent to me how much potential for change and growth there is in our church at this time, but also how few workers there are in the vineyard. I came to the realization as I dreamed about possibilities, that what is needed is not “helpers”. I have lots of high school students I can call on for help.(And don't get me wrong...they are SOOOO important!) But there is a real need for young, adult professionals who love their faith to take charge of initiatives and take seriously the call of Pope Francis to “make a mess in the dioceses” as we find new ways to “make disciples of all nations”.

That was my realization in July. Then August hit. In August, the Diocesan High School Leadership Camp was scheduled to happen. I am blessed to have always had a team of young adults that work on that camp with me. Now... you need to understand that this camp is my “baby”. I work hard on this...

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Rebels With a Cause

Last updated on August 27, 2013

Rebels with a Cause!
This week has seen Brazil host the Holy Father, along with millions of young people as they gather to celebrate World Youth Day in Brazil. Although there are just a very few young people from our diocese who made the journey to Brazil, there is great excitement amongst young people about the example that Pope Francis is setting for our church. Last night I had the privilege of spending the evening with some young Catholic adults and over Nachos and we discussed an article by the Associated Press. Please see some excerpts of the article below.

‘Rebel’ Pope urges youth to ‘make a mess’ in dioceses
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO—Pope Francis showed his rebel side on Thursday, urging young Catholics to shake up the Church and make a “mess” in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith.

It’s a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio’s most violent slums and opening the Church’s World Youth...

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