This semester we are excited to be speaking about our Church! We have started this year off strong, with new teens, great events like our kick-off, a dodge ball tournament and our car wash which is this Saturday, August 21, 2013 from 10:30am-2:30pm at the NOL site on Loyola. As for what we have been discussing, this past Sunday was an issue night, we spoke about the media's negative effect on this world especially through music. I love singing but often times we get distracted by the great beat that we don't realize what we are singing about. Especially with the negative performances and horrible role models found in the music industry, we spoke about paying attention to lyrics and listening to music that reflects our beliefs and who we are.
This semester we will be going deeper into our faith. We will be discussing different situations in this world and how they affect us as a church. We will also be talking about what we believe, why we believe it. We want the teens to start questioning their faith in a positive way and help them discover for themselves that the Church truly does contain all truth. We want them to be proud of our Church, and to allow the Holy Spirit to come and guide them and help them to stand strong against all this world makes them face. To fall in love with our Church, to understand the beauty that lies in our Faith, the history, the passion, the Love! To understand more about Christ, Mary, Angels, Saints, the Mass and the Eucharist; the Source and Summit of our faith. We want our teens to be able to know all of this so that they can defend our Catholic faith and be a witness to all they meet. I invite you all to come every Sunday to learn, have fun, eat, and above all get closer to your creator and father.
We have different events planned this Semester. Our biggest event will be our retreat called SACTIFY- Called to be a Saint, this retreat will be held November 1-3, 2013, more information to follow. I invite you all to go deeper in prayer, and as a family! I will be praying for each of you. God bless you
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.