We are pleased to announce our first EDGE- Middle School Retreat!!! Saturday, August 28, 2013 at the Nativity of our Lord Auditorium on Loyola from 8:45am-5pm. As we start our second year of Edge ministries I've come to realize more and more the importance of introducing teens to our Lord at a young age. I'm not speaking about a text-book definition of who Jesus is but i'm speaking about kids knowing what it means to have a relationship with God. To see our faith not as a subject but a belief, to see the Catholic Church as truth. This semester we are speaking about our Creed, a prayer that states our beliefs, which we say every Sunday but is often overlooked. We will be taking it line by line and speaking to them about what it says and why we believe this. We want to challenge them, we want them to ask questions and come to the realization that this is truth because they believe it not just because they are told to. Middle-school is a difficult time, it is a time when kids are trying to figure out who they are, what is right, what is wrong, they are trying to find their place in this world, in their school and in their own homes. This is what Edge is meant to help them with. We want them to know their worth, to know they are special, to know they are loved, that they are chosen and that God has a perfect plan for them (Jeremiah 29:11). We want them to see that even in their suffering they are never alone, for God is always by their side. This world is full of temptations, starting at a very young age! I am sometimes shocked listening to some of the kids stories of violence, sex, drugs, and abuse. We all need more of God, and it is your job as parents to guide them and help them go deeper into their faith. Edge and specifically this retreat is a great way to do this.
Inside-Out is a retreat meant to help them to discover their faith in a personal way. It will be a day filled with games, activities, food, testimonies, confession, Adoration, small groups and ending with the Sacrament of the Mass which we encourage the parents and family to attend at 4pm. We want them to ask the basic questions of who am I? Do I like the person I am? What do I need to change? what do I believe? why do I believe this? and What can I do to be a better person? This retreat will be led mostly by teens in High School, that will be speaking about their experience and things they have learned. This is also a great opportunity for kids to be surrounded by other people who believe in the same thing and are on the same page. I highly encourage you to bring your child and have them bring their friends! It's Just $20.00 and I promise they will have a great time, all they have to do is be open to all that the Lord has in store for them. So bring them to EDGE every Tuesday at 6:45pm-8pm at the SEAS Trailer and to our INSIDE-OUT retreat. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.
In His Name, Mari Pablo
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.