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ANNUAL YOUTH RETREAT


On April 6, 2014 some 35 youth from the Chaplaincy had their annual retreat at the Felician Sisters Retreat Centre in Mississauga. Ms. Kristin Boyd, youth minister of the Holy Family Parish in Whitby was the Retreat Director. Here is how she describes the event:

"The 2014 Lent retreat focused on the 7 Sacraments. Our youth were invited to come to a deeper understanding of not only what the Sacraments are, but how they can actively choose to live out the Sacraments in their daily lives.

They were invited to reflect on their own life experiences and continue to strive for Holiness and developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Highlights of the day included youth acting in the 'Parable of the Shapes' skit, Kristin sharing her personal testimony and youth having the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before ending the day with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!"

THE RETREATANTS WITH THE RETREAT LEADER

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Pope Francis:

“The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.”

POPE AT WYD 2013

Do Not Be Afraid Pope Francis told the youth that despite fear they might have of announcing the Good News because of youth or inexperience, God still calls them and does not abandon them just as with the prophet Jeremiah. “When we go to proclaim Christ, it is he himself who goes before us and guides us,” the Holy Father said. “When he sent his disciples on mission, he promised: “I am with you always”. And this is also true for us! Jesus does not leave us alone, he never leaves you alone! He always accompanies you.” The Holy Father also encouraged priests to accompany their young people and to share “this experience of faith with them” as well as calling on them to “never let them feel alone.”


Pope Francis also took the opportunity to thank the Youth Ministry groups, Movements, and new Communities who offer young people an experience of being in the Church. “They are so creative,” he said, “so audacious. Carry on and do not be afraid!” Regarding service, the Holy Father said that the act of serving others is a way of allowing our own lives to be identified with Jesus’ life. The 76 year old Pontiff drew from the example of Saint Paul who made himself “a slave to all.” “Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God, it is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did,” the Pope said. Concluding his homily, Pope Francis appealed to all youth to announce the Gospel which he said is bringing God’s power “to pluck up and break down evil and violence. “The Church is counting on you!” he exclaimed. “The Pope is counting on you!”  

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Installation of the Youth Council


At their first meeting of the month on May 6, 2012, the Youth Group (YG) came together to elect their new council. The new council, together with the Chaplain and the Youth's Portfolio holder in the Chaplaincy Council, is responsible for the leadership and undertakings of the group for one full year.
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THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
THE DEBRE ZEIT SUNDAY


The Big Surprise
What recent turn of events has taken you by surprise? Why were you caught off guard?

Why are we surprised at the sudden turn of events? Why do earthquakes, violent storms, or other natural disasters shock us? Why does the unexpected capture our collective imagination?

One piece of common wisdom floating around Hollywood these days refers to the sudden demise of so-called "reality" TV. According to this wisdom, real TV killed "reality" TV. News of the day has greatly overshadowed programing about survival games, travel competitions, and the "real life" of young people who live together. How can such shows compete against war, plane crashes, floods, and other disasters?
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Mary, Mother of Jesus, KIDANE MEHRET

Mary is a role model for ALL OF US


Reading from the Gospel of St. John: chapter 19, verses 25 - 27 - Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother  and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."  Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Look what I brought with me. It is a picture of the Virgin Mary being visited by the angel Gabriel. This is when Mary found out she was going to be a mother. Being a mother is something very special. It is an awesome responsibility. Any child is a gift from God and the rearing of children is the most important things parents have to do. Today is a day when we thank God for what our mothers do and have done to rear us in a fashion that honors God.

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