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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CFI Youth Rally Rosary... Flies

Last updated on February 25, 2015


They floated a Rosary in the sky. The Hail Mary’s were green, the Our Fathers. Black and the silver cross at the bottom flashed occasionally as the sun glinted off it in a clear blue sky.  Thanks to an extremely rare windless prairie day it went straight up from the O’Neil High School football field for several hundred feet before very slowing drifting off to the east.

It was one of the highlights of a March 31day of investigating the Roman Catholic Faith for 70 Grade nine and 12s and about 30 Archdiocesan youth leaders who with a few adult chaperones came from all over the Regina Archdiocese to participate in day filled with activities, talks and music while learning more about their faith.

Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator Michelle Braden said she hoped it would be for them a day of discovery. “I expect them to hopefully have their hearts opened to their journey with God and for those already on that path to have their...

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Be Bold!

Last updated on March 15, 2012

What a great week I enjoyed in Ottawa! The archdiocese of Ottawa hosted the annual CCYMN (Canadian Cathoilc Youth Ministry Network) Annual Gathering. we had the opportunity to meet with, share with, pray with diocesan youth directors from around the country. A wonderful array of guest presenters left much food for thought. A presentation by Father Tom Rosica was a personal highlight for me. Fr. Tom is the founder and C.E.O. of Salt and Light Catholic television. He is also the Canadian delegate for World Youth Day and has a great passion for ministry to young people. His challenge to us was to approach the evangelization of our young people with a sense of BOLDNESS, URGENCY and SOLIDARITY. Words to work by!

Farewell to Net

Last updated on February 24, 2012

For the last 2 1/2 weeks, our diocese has been blessed with the presence of 10 dynamic young missionaries. The NET team (National Evangelization Team) consists of young people who travel across the country for a year sharing the good news and the joys of our faith with other young Catholics. They were hosted by a number of generous and welcoming families in our diocese, all of whom, I am sure, would say they are richer for having had these guests in their homes. The team spent a full day at St. Dominic School and St. Gabriel School, here in the city, shared lunch with the archbishop and were also invited to Yorkton, Estevan, Moose Jaw. Their ministry of  music, drama, games and personal sharing were well recieved by young and old alike! Next year they will be back in our diocese towards the end of January. Plan now to invite them to your school or parish!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Last updated on February 14, 2012

Happy Funny Shaped Box Day! But this day is about so much more than boxes of heart-shaped chocolates. Like so many of our holidays, we need to dig a bit to get past what the malls say the day should be about! Today is the feast day of St. Valentine, patron of young people, love and happy marriages. What a gift we have in the saints! Over the course of 31 years of marriage, I have stormed the heavens countless times, seeking the prayers of the saints. Young people seeking love and happy marriages have always had their work cut out for them. In our times, it presents an even greater challenge! Let's ask St. Valentine to pray for us in all our relationships, that they be healthy, life giving and positive. And that, like the saints we be selfless in seeking the good of others before ourselves. That would be something worth celebrating! And chocolate is good too! But I'll take mine minus the "funny shaped" box! It's half the price! : )

Be Encouraged!

Last updated on February 25, 2015

This past weekend, I was part of a conference in Calgary open to all those in Western Canada who are interested in working with young people! It was hosted by WCACYM (Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers) It was an amazing, grace filled weekend! I have never been so encouraged (and tired!!). It was so encouraging to see people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to see how the "new evangelization" can be lived out with our young people. We had professional youth ministers, volunteer youth workers, diocesan directors, camp directors, priests, representatives of NET, all in attendance. We prayed and learned, discerned and networked. AND we laughed until we could hardly catch our breath! Thank you to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgaryand those from the Ukranian Catholic Eparchy for hosting us so well! A special thak you to Mike Verdonk and St. Stephen's Parish for the wonderful "Malnka" (Ukranian New Year's) celebration! Such hospitality! Thank you to...

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Happy New Year!

Last updated on January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!  I am so excited about 2012! So many wonderful things happening! Our son is marrying a lovely girl whom we love! Our daughter and her husband are moving us into the role of grandparents. Actually...both wonderful events are scheduled to happen the same week! So we will see how that plays out! In my ministry, I am thrilled to be working with so many dynamic people of great vision. We are excited to celebrate a high school rally, a summer leadership camp, a rally for grades 6-8, a Vacation Bible School and to start work on plans for a missions trip! God is good! And even if the bottom fell out and none of these things came to pass, the good news is I am still loved! And so are you! And God is still in charge! And there is still a plan! "Work like everything depends on you. Pray like everything depends on God!"

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Last updated on December 19, 2011

One of the wonderful people I work with uses the phrase a “merry melt-down” when referring to all the pressures that can surround us during the season of Christmas preparations. I love that phrase because I think it accurately (sadly) describes so many of us at this time of year. I am trying to make it my mission, this year, to NOT have the “merry melt-down”! My favorite Christmas cartoon from my childhood ( reminds us of what we are SUPPOSED to be celebrating. So if an expectant mother can celebrate the season with joy, after travelling hours over rough terrain on a donkey, being away from her own mother and all things familiar for the birth of her first child and giving birth under some pretty difficult (to say the least) conditions, then I can certainly celebrate it with joy! Even if traditions change. Even if I don’t have time to make the favorite cookies. Even when I am missing people I love! None of that changes the fact that HE...

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Be Part of the Conspiracy!!

Last updated on December 6, 2011

This weekend as I met with a group of grade 6,7 8's and they shared their favourite Christmas traditions and memories with me, it is worth noting that virtually none of them involved money! The conversation came about after we viewed a little clip called “The Great Advent Conspiracy”. Somewhere along the line, the way we celebrate a season that started so humbly, has spun way out of control. “The Advent Conspiracy” calls us back to the reasons for the celebration and calls for a return to sanity! It is worth checking out! Hopefully you will join in the conspiracy!

Reach Out and Touch Someone!

Last updated on November 29, 2011

This weekend I got to spend my Saturday in Saskatoon. I attended a training day put on by the 4 diocesan youth coordinators from around the province of Sask.  The conference was called “We Do Not Stand Alone” and the day dealt with how to effectively work with people of all ages in our church communities and communities at large. What was very interesting to me is that all 4 presenters prepared their presentations individually and without consulting each other and yet all 4 had basically the same message! The message was this: There are no shortcuts to building a ministry! There are no shortcuts to reaching out to our youth! There are no shortcuts to building a more just society! The only truly effective way to reach people with our message of the good news is to build relationships!  Relationship, relationship, relationship! One person at a time. The way Mother Teresa did it. And that takes effort! And time! And a personal investment! And that’s the way Jesus did it! So as we seek...

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Time Flies!

Last updated on November 16, 2011

What a great week this has been!  I had the chance to visit some folks in the Ituna area and the Carlyle areas of the province. I wish the youth of this diocese knew how many really good people there are out there! Ones that REALLY care about young people and would do just about anything to help them in their faith journey!  To finish off the week I get to meet with 40 high school students who have offered to lend their time and talents to plan and carry out some exciting youth events. I get to spend all day Sat with them and I can’t wait to get to know them all! 

On Sunday, I get to hop on a plane and go away for 5 days with my sweetie to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!  I can’t help but think of all those old folks that were always telling me how fast time flies by and that I should not waste my time! Well……. Now I am one of those older folks! And they were right! It is unbelievable to me that I have been married for 30 years! When did that...

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