We kicked off the 2015 Fall Semester with our BOOT CAMP Retreat (AWESOME btw!!) only to follow it up with three great Life Nights. Here's what we did.
On Aug. 30 the second reading at Mass told us to Be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22). We asked ourselves, how might we do this? So we sent postcards of encouraging scripture verses to those people in our families and schools that needed it.
Sept. 6 (Labor Day Weekend LIFE NIGHT) we played ultimate frisbee. My family was able to attend this night as well, and I loved having them there with me!
Yesterday our readings reminded us that Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We focused on how we might remind ourselves of this daily and live in a way that reflects it; especially regarding our relationships at school.
What Inspires Me
At the end of most Life Nights I ask for petitions, and ninety percent of all of the petitions mentioned are for family members. While I hate to hear about the bad news of those who are sick or going through a rough time, I am happy to be able to share with you the good news that your children are praying for you and the rest of their families. I hope that my own children will place the same importance on family and prayer when they are teenagers. Who knows, one of your teens may be their youth minister by then.
Last but not least, BE ON THE LOOKOUT! Kristen Cipriani is writing short LIFE TEEN articles for the bulletin and they are AMAZING! We should see them beginning Sept 27! Thank you, Kristen!
BOOT CAMP RETREAT! This pic was after an epic, old school shaving cream war. It was followed by a fantastic dinner provided by Southern Char and a powerful evening of prayer and adoration in which we evaluated our relationship w/ Jesus and were challenged to let go of anything keeping us from His unconditional love & mercy. Mark your calendars for the next retreat JAN. 15-17!
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.