Category: YMO Young Adults

Young Adult programming put on by the Youth Ministry Office

World Youth Day 2013 – Rio, Brazil

“Go and Make Disciples of All Nations!” (CF MT 28:19)

taken from the WYD site: http://www.rio2013.com/en/a-jornada/lema-da-jornada

 

“The World Youth Day in Madrid renewed the call on youth to be the yeast that makes the dough rise, giving to the world the hope that borns with the faith. Be generous when giving a testimony of Christian life, especially having in consideration the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.”

This call was made by Pope Benedict XVI when proclaiming the theme of World Youth Day Rio2013: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19), during the general audience on August 24.

At that time, the catechesis was dedicated to WYD 2011, which was over on the 21th of the same month. Benedict XVI recalled fondly the joy of participation of the about two million young people in Madrid, to what he called “a wonderful experience of brotherhood, encounter with the Lord, sharing and growth in faith: a veritable cascade of light.”

That’s why is so important that young people in Brazil and the world from now on assume that call to mission and participate in the World Youth Day as living witnesses of Christ.

PFor the Father Gerardo Dondici Vieira, director of the Theology Department at PUC-Rio, this is a theme to be kept in the heart, reflected and meditated. “This theme, about making disciples, call other disciples to communion and fellowship with the Lord, is the theme dearest to the Gospel of Matthew. This mandate, this mission is already announced in the whole Gospel. And in fact, can only make disciples the one who is already a disciple, who lives with the Lord” said the priest.

Father Dondici points out that this testimony and proclamation of Christ himself, are major challenges for youth, living in a pluralistic world, with thousands of information either through schools, recreation, internet, especially in the contact with social networks, like facebook, twitter: “With these thousand shares, he, young disciple, is called to plant in the hearts of those he meets, with whom it communicates, the desire to be a disciple of Jesus”.

“What does the disciple of Jesus wins? Wins the presence in the kingdom, wins the certainty of God’s love, wins the certainty to be for the others a sign of mercy and love. Wins carrining and giving the peace of the Lord. Forgiveness, mercy, peace, these are the fruits and gifts that the world really needs. Violence, war, corruption, evil, everything that takes away the possibility of the young to grow up and put all its richness and vitality service of humanity, are the ones who will diminish in society.”he said.

In the final term of the text of Matthew – “Go and make disciples of all nations” – explained the priest, there is a great anthropological dream of us all, that the contact with the Lord, the friendship with Him, awaken the best that eachone has in himself.

“We live in a world where there are many wastes, loss of human life, due to lack of chance. The fellowship with the Lord brings out our best. The announcement “Go and make disciples of all nations” is an announcement for a lifetime. At no time we can take a break from it, because it assumes that the one who is a friend of the Lord, by his life, by his way of being in the world, communicate to others the light, the beauty and joy of being a disciple of the Lord. That is the mission that our church needs. Many times we are paralyzed and stunned by a world that goes a little crazy, but in this world we have the presence of the Lord who has chosen us, who chose the youth to be a sign of His love and joy in the world” concluded.

Unity 2012 was Awesome!

What a Spirit filled event!

Young adults from across our country (and a few from the US too) gathered to better understand our faith, to pray together, to celebrate together and to bond together in Piniwa, MB.  The whole event went very smoothly.  May God bless all the organizers, presenters and participants.

Cant wait for the next Unity… probably in 2014???

Alberta and Saskatoon Goes to Unity 2012!

Calling all Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults aged 18-35 from Alberta and Saskatchewan! Unity 2012 is coming up this August 16-19 and we are planning to take a bus down to Pinawa, MB for this extraordinary event! This is what the bus schedule looks likes thus far:

Wednesday, August 15:

4:00pm: Bus will leave Calgary
7:00pm: Bus will arrive at St. Josaphat’s Cathedral in Edmonton for the Send off Divine Liturgy with all Albertan participants.
8:30pm: Bus will leave Edmonton and head to Saskatoon.

Thursday, August 16:
1:30am: Bus will arrive in Saskatoon and will pick up Saskatoon participants.
2:00am: Bus will leave Saskatoon and head towards Winnipeg.
1pm: Bus will arrive in Winnipeg. We will have lunch at The Forks.
2:30pm: Bus will depart Winnipeg and head to Cook Creek Shrine for a prayer service/ photo op.
4:00pm: Bus will arrive at Wilderness Edge.

***We have yet to figure out the schedule for the way back, but rest assured we’ll have that posted ASAP!***

The total cost for the bus will be $250 per person.

It’s going to be awesome (and I mean AWESOME in the most epic of proportions!) If you don’t believe me, check out the Unity website at http://unity2012.wordpress.com/ and their YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/Unity2012In2TheWild?ob=0&feature=results_main.

Hope to see you there 😀

 

taken from: http://www.facebook.com/events/207404342695094/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Young Adult Lenten Retreat – with Bishop David Motiuk

Young Adult Lenten Retreat – with Bishop David Motiuk

Theme: Holy Week Preparation

Date: April 1, 2012. @ 6pm

Location: St. Josaphat Cathedral – 10825 97 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB.

Description: This retreat takes place on Palm Sunday evening and is focused toward those aged 16-35. Bishop David will lead up in retreat and our journey through holy week.. Participants have the opportunity to meet with other young people to discuss elements of our faith.. This retreat will include Sacrament of Reconciliation, and will finish with the Forgiveness Service.
For more information, contact Millie Schietzsch 780-446-1061 or questions, youth@edmontoneparchy.com