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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Generations Unite

Last updated on March 25, 2013

When we first started dreaming about the "My Generation" Youth rally, in the Fall, it was our hope that many generations would be energized and renwed by the enthusiasm of our young people. They did not disappoint!  Not only did several generations work together to make it happen, several generations also got to have a front row seat to the celebration led by the young people. The observations below, came from a university student, who offered their services as a leader at the My Gen Rally:
I had the most amazing time this weekend. I absolutely loved being a small group leader and completely forgot how amazing it is to work with youth. My group was quite diverse and before the end of the first session, I had even the most shy member sharing her experience. And by the second group, she was one of the people to go first. It was a gift for me to be able to create an environment where students with very diverse lives were able to all share their experiences, and even... Read More

Y'all Come!

Last updated on March 8, 2013

Y’All Come!
    Two weeks ago, I was blessed to experience the Religious Educators Conference in Anaheim, California. There were so many speakers to listen to, so much to learn, so much to experience. For me, however, one theme seemed to keep recurring: “All are welcome here”. It made me think long and hard about how we operate as church. Do we believe that? Do we operate that way? ARE all welcome?

    Although we no doubt have much work to do in this area, I see signs of hope! This upcoming weekend is a good example. Our youth rally on March 16th and 17th has been a labour of love for dozens of volunteers over the last 6 months and will see 100 volunteers come together with a common vision. Young people, older folk and “in the middle” folk, all working together and sharing their particular visions, perspectives and areas of expertise.  It has been such a cool experience!  And it has resulted in an event I am so excited to share with the young people of our diocese! It...

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Solomon-like Leadership

Last updated on January 10, 2013

This past weekend, 30 young people from our Diocesan High School Leadership Team gathered to hone their leadership skills.  It was a jam packed weekend! Thanks to resurrection Parish for their hospitality in allowing us to gather there. (and drink your juice...we owe you 8 scoops of "Tang". : ) 
Together we looked at 5 principles of leadership which we gleaned from a look at the leadership style of King Solomon.
1. Good leaders see the big picture.
2. Good leaders don't take themselves too seiously.
3. Good leaders pick their battles.
4. Good leaders seek to be of service to others (Corporal Works of Mercy)
5. Good leaders are faithful in serving and leave the results to God.
WE have some wise young people among us! There were lots of good insights. They also did a really good job of bonding as a team...sharing prayers and affirmations for each other, time for some good music and of course our fair share of hilarious antics that had me...

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The Craving for Community

Last updated on November 7, 2012

The Craving for Community
     As a visitor at a good number of the “Catholics Call Home” meetings this month, it seems to me that there is a recurring theme that is at the root of many of the concerns that have been expressed. That theme is a desire for community. Our Catholic faith is rich with liturgy and tradition and sacred teaching, and none of it can be celebrated in it's fullness, if we don’t have people to journey with us. Unfortunately, many of our young people today know very little about liturgy and tradition and church teaching. But they do KNOW how to build community! And they KNOW they NEED community. And they are spending their time where they FIND that community…..often times….sadly, most times, not in our parishes!  

      It is not too late for us to get them back! They are NOT uncaring or hopeless or uninterested. But they ARE lost and confused and lonely. They are just trying to survive in a crazy world and they know they need community...

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Bring It On!

Last updated on October 17, 2012

Bring It On!

The Year of Faith was ushered in on Thursday, October 11 at Holy Rosary Cathedral. The celebration of music, drama and symbolism celebrated all the generations of our church. I am especially grateful to the young adults and high school students who shared their faith through music and art. The musical group “Revelation” under the direction of Corinne Pirot shared their music ministry generously. We even had a group of young people make the trip from Weyburn to join us in “revealing the face of Christ” to the congregation.

The Year of Faith is the start of a great adventure that is long over due! It challenges us to live with energy and enthusiasm, both the individual and joint missions that we have been called to. And God just keeps placing young people in front of me who are prepared to lead the way! A few weeks ago, I was at a retreat with 20 young leaders in our church. The retreat leader led us in an opening activity that had us share a number of...

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Go Big or Go Home!

Last updated on September 4, 2012

      I have had such a wonderful summer! We celebrated the wedding of our youngest son. We also celebrated, with our oldest daughter and her husband, the arrival of their first child and our first grandchild! AND, it all happened the same week!

      In late July/early August, I was blessed to spend the week in Esterhazy as we travelled back into the old west and onto the “Holy Trails Vacation Bible School.” I am so grateful to Shannon Cisyk and her crew for their hard work, vision and hospitality. I met some great kids and I learned a lot about the blessings and challenges of being a rural parish. It was a great experience for me.

     I also was able to visit (albeit briefly) 2 of the long running summer camps in our diocese: Camp Lemieux and Camp Monahan and see some of the great work they do there. Miracles happen at camp!

    Finally, I got to have all kinds of adventures with the young people who attended our 2 diocesan camps: (...

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Variety is the Spice of Life

Last updated on June 12, 2012

Variety is the Spice of Life!
       Many of my waking hours for the month of May, were spent working with some members of our young adult and high school leadership teams as they worked feverishly to put together their fundraising effort in support of mission work in the Philippines: The Incredible, Audible, Edible Variety Show. (Say THAT 3 times!)   They provided 4 evenings of wonderful entertainment and in the end saw a profit of $8000 for their cause. Over the last 2 weeks since that show ended and I make my way through the piles of paper on my desk, that have been eagerly awaiting my attention, I have had the time to ponder how blessed I am to work with the wonderful young people that I do! It never ceases to amaze me how many good things happen when you bring young people together with a purpose! When you treat young adults LIKE adults, they almost always rise to the occasion! The variety of gifts, variety of personalities, and variety of life situations that they...

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You're Being Watched!

Last updated on May 11, 2012

This week, I had the opportunity to hang out with some high school students as  we embarked on a  "pilgrimage walk".  We processed through parts of South Regina, with a group of about 70 teenagers, stopping at various points along the way to pray and reflect. We were led by some pretty talented wandering minstrels! (I can't walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone play guitar and walk at the same time, so I was pretty impressed!) It became very clear to me, very quicly, that just this simple act of walking together behind these musicians, was going to have an impact on those who witnessed us. Bus loads of people waved as they passed, little old ladies at street corners applauded, a gentleman driving by yelled "God bless you!" out of his window, folks walking by sang along!  One gentleman pulled over to ask a member of our group what was going on. The leader at the back of the line explained to him that we were on a pilgrimage walk through the neighborhood. The gentleman...

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Partnering With Parents

Last updated on April 25, 2012

After reading an article in "Children's Ministry" magazine some time ago entitled "Crazy About Parents" by Henry Zonio, I was really challenged to re-think some things. We who work in ministry to families have all had experiences of frustration with some of the parents we work with! We bemoan what we perceive to be a lack of concern for their children's spiritual development. Their poor choices. Their misguided priorities. We all have those families that we only get to see at Christmas and Easter. We all have those kids that we never see again after confirmation. It drives us crazy! In our search for a solution however, I wonder, at what point we decided that parents would respond well to our pointing out all the deficiencies they have in passing faith on to their children. In the society in which Jesus lived, the faithful of the day lived under a set of very strict, rules and expectations which they had to fulfil in order to be “right with God”. It was within this culture...

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Investigation Reveals....

Last updated on April 5, 2012

What a great day Saturday (March 31st) was!  Seventy students in grades 8-12, along with 30 young adult leaders and about 10 chaperones and parents and youth ministers from around the diocese spent the day together "investigating" our Catholic faith at the ACYC Rally: C.F.I. (Catholic Faith Investigation).  Investigation revealed: We have SOOO much to be grateful for!  I am so grateful to God for all the graces He  generously blessed us with that day! I am grateful to the 70 young people who took a chance and attended an event they really did not know much about til they got here! I am grateful for the chaperones, priests and youth ministers and parishes who made it possible for young people to come! I am exceptionally grateful for an incredible leadership team of 30 exceptionally talented, faith-filled young adults of great vision, that had their hand in organizing and carrying out every aspect of the day! I am grateful to Lance Rosen. a young man from Medicine Hat who drove here...

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