YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
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Confirmation Preparation has begun! If you missed our first class last weekend, and would still like to register, be sure to contact Cari ASAP to get registered!
Every other year, Catholic Youth from around the country come together to pray, learn, and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants will enjoy speakers and musicians from across the country. Ultimately, NCYC is a weekend get-together with you, the Holy Trinity, and 25,000 of your closest friends … and it is right here in downtown Indy! Late registration of $40 begins on September 18th.
Holy Fire is a national Catholic 1-day experience for middle school youth, developed in collaboration with a host diocese and nearby regions. Its mission is to set young people ablaze with the love of Christ and to inspire them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world. It is being held on Saturday, October 21st in Chicago. The Archdiocese is organizing the trip for 6-8 grade students and seats on the bus are filling up fast! Registration ends on September 20. Visit www.archindyym.com/holyfire for more info or to register.
September 18: NCYC Late Registration Begins
September 20: Holy Fire Registration Ends
September 21: CHS Lunch Bunch
October 21: Holy Fire Conference in Chicago
St. Lawrence Youth Ministry Council
We are so excited to announce that not only do we have a Mission Statement, but we now also have a Vision Statement and Core Values! Be sure to check out this week's newsletter for each one!
Summer Mission Trip Testimonials
My experience was amazing I am very glad that I was able to go to the mission trip. On the first work day, we trimmed trees. The people driving passed were thanking us and very thankful for our help. The rest of the week we went to spend time with kids who were struggling. They really appreciated our company and I'm glad they appreciated it. I didn't want to leave because of the kids. I believe my faith became stronger when we did church time, devotions, and the prayer meetings. In general I loved and I would be proud to do it again.
Our trip to New Orleans was an amazing adventure. What was best about the trip was traveling to a new place to help those in need. We helped children who aren't as lucky as I am to come from a loving family with plenty of support. I really enjoyed spending time with the kids and getting to know them. The trip was a faith filled wonderful experience and I can't wait to be a part of the next one! I really appreciate the parish for supporting us so that we were able to take this trip!
My name is Jonas Manubay. I had a great time on the mission trip. I liked helping people that needed help and I pray that they have a good life. I also liked the French Quarter, Nashville TN, and the Civil Rights Memorial and Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
I thought it was a great experience helping the APEX Youth Center and meeting people who shared the same faith I did. It was really different down in New Orleans and the worship service we went to was quite a different worship style than what I was used to. I liked how it brought together people from around the country who all believed in the Catholic faith who would have probably not met each other if we all hadn’t had decided to go on the trip. I ended up getting some new friends, one I still have contact with today. It really strengthened my faith and made me see the world in a new perspective.
Rezando Voy - http://www.rezandovoy.org/ - Los ‘Podcast’ y otro archivos de audio sobre la oración para descargar
Por Tu Matrimonio - http://www.portumatrimonio.org/ - Renueva su Matrimonio con los recursos matrimoniales
Vaticano - http://www.vatican.va/ - El sitio oficial de vaticano
Obispos Católicos de EE. UU. - http://usccb.org/ - El sitio oficial de Concilio de los Obispos Católicos en la Estados Unidos (partes en español)
Hecho Para Vida - http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/children-spanish/ - Un vídeo sobre la importancia de un padre y también un madre en la vida de los niños.
Familia y Fe: Loyola Press en Español - http://www.loyolapress.com/recursos-en-espanol.htm – Recursos sobre la fe católica, la espiritualidad, y la familia
Espacio Sagrado - http://www.espaciosagrado.com/ - Un Meditación diaria sobre un pasaje de Sagrada Escritura
Marriage & Family:
Loyola Press –http://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-family.htm Parenting and Faith resources from Loyola Press, including a monthly email newsletter and suggestions for prayers and practices for the home.
For Your Marriage - http://www.foryourmarriage.org/ - US Bishop’s outreach to married couples of all ages to refresh and renew your marriage and your family.
“Made for Life” Video - http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/children-video/ - Video by the US Bishops on the importance of both a mother and a father in the life of a child and their development
Grace Before Meals - http://www.gracebeforemeals.com/ - The outreach of Fr. Leo Patalinghug, “The Cooking Priest”, to promote regular family meals, which are statistically proven to increase the success and well-being of youth. Check out resources for prayer, activities, talking points, and delicious recipes for your family.
Parenting by Boystown - http://parenting.org/ - A resource provided by the not-for-profit Boystown USA for all things parenting from newborns to teenagers.
Prayer & Spirituality:
Fatima Retreat Center - http://www.archindy.org/fatima/- Need time to pray and refresh your spiritual life? Check out a retreat at Our Lady of Fatima, the local retreat center for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. It’s just a few miles from St. Lawrence and they even offer mom’s days with childcare!
Benedict Inn Retreat Center - http://benedictinn.wix.com/benedict-draft-1 – The retreat center run by the Benedictine sisters at Our Lady of grace Monastery in Beech Grove. Join them for one of their upcoming days of reflection.
Creighton University Prayer Ministry http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html – The online prayer ministry of Creighton University is an easy way to dive into prayer even on your coffee break.
Sacred Space - http://www.sacredspace.ie/ - Sacred Space in the online prayer ministry of the Irish Jesuits providing a daily Scriptural meditation.
Other6 - http://www.other6.com/ - Join the other6 online community for sharing about where you have seen God during the week on the other 6 days apart from Sunday.
Pray As You Go - http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ - The British Jesuits provide prayer podcasts and audio files for streaming or download so you can pray on the go.
Three-Minute Retreat - http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm – Take the first three minutes of your lunch break each day to go on a retreat prepared by Loyola Press.
Our Catholic Faith
Vatican Website - http://www.vatican.va/ - The official website of the Vatican
US Council of Catholic Bishops - http://usccb.org/ - The official website of the US Council of Catholic Bishops
LifeTeen - http://lifeteen.com/ - A great site for youth to learn about the Catholic faith and how it relates to youth culture. Also great for parents who want to know the same about their teens!
Busted Halo - http://bustedhalo.com/ - A fantastic site for young adults and the young-at-heart adults who are doing spiritual seeking and want to know what God and the Church have to say about our lives.
Catholics Come Home - http://www.catholicscomehome.org/ - Been away from Mass for a while or know someone else who has? Get to know more about coming home to the Church.
Indianapolis Catholic Radio - http://catholicradioindy.org/ - Did you know Indy has it’s own Catholic Radio station? Learn more about it here and take the faith with you on your radio, too.
Indiana Catholic Conference is - http://indianacc.org/bins/site/templates/splash.asp?NC=5976X – The official public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Indiana.
Catholic News Service (CNS) - http://www.catholicnews.com/ - Catholic news outlet reporting on important current events and important church news.