Youth Night Drop-In March. 9th & 17th. 6:30—8:00 pm See page 2 for details. OMC Youth Ministry’s Up - Words Palm Sunday — March 20th Easter — March 27th Our Mother of Confidence Youth Ministry Family (Full schedule — pg. 3) March 2016 L. A. Youth Day: #HOPEBOUND by Alyson Huizar by Catie Bride What is L.A. Youth Day? L.A. Youth Day is a day where thousands of teens go with their churches to the Anaheim Convention Center and spend a day, learning about God and themselves and how they can get closer with him; with talks from encouraging Friars, Priests and other speakers, and music to listen to and sing along a lot. There is a lot to do, and it is very fun. Did I also mention good food? Because there is. Everyone’s experience is more or less the same, but also different. The speakers there will tell stories of their journey with God and it might correspond to you; I did with one. You might also feel really better after this trip as well, because boy, I sure do. My experience with this trip is that I love it, I have gone to it for 2 years now and each time is slightly different in a good way. Going in you’re hit with loud familiar music on the greatness of God; next the speakers are really inspiring and funny; they really help you find where you are in your relationship with faith by comparing their experiences with yours; this year I finally was able to find my ‘Story’ thanks to a speaker who shared his. There’s also a lot of singing; but seeing everyone sing and hearing the words and the harmony, you find yourself singing along too, and trust me; I’m not much of a singer. During the last hours all the groups gathered have one Mass together and it is great. It really makes us all connected in this faith and with God. Also during an emotional song, everyone gets out a flashlight on their phone all together making the whole arena like stars, it’s beautiful. Did I mention the food was great again? It is. In all honesty I highly recommend that all youth come to this event, it really is fun and helps strengthen your connection to yourself, your faith, to the church, your friends here and to God. It happens once every year, and is a fun break to go to, so I hope you attend. Thank you. My L.A. Youth Day experience began early on February 25th. The other members and I arrived at the Anaheim Convention Center around 8 am and saw our first speaker, Mark Hart (a.k.a. The Bible Geek). The stories that Mark told us about and the way that he incorporated Christ and the Bible into them was very well done. He told us one story about how he first started to read the Bible as punishment but by the end of his presentation, he challenged us youth to read the Bible. A worship band came on after him to further his message through praise music. Our second speaker, Roy Petitfils, told us his story. Roy grew up with the idea that he was poor, fat, and stupid. He felt invisible to people and was not religious due to the belief that if God loved him, he wouldn’t be in his situation. Roy ended up having co-workers who saw something more in him. The co-workers scraped together close to $5,000 to get Roy back to college. (He had flunked out his first semester). He went on to encourage us to share our stories, and not think that they have no importance just because we are young. The next eye-opening experience we had was celebrating Mass with thousands of people. I often find it hard to stay engaged in Mass, however this special Mass was colorful and musical and the priests were ethnically diverse. Parts of the Mass were bilingual, something I have never experienced before. I was impressed by the abilities of the youth. All of the choir and musicians, the lectors, and all of the helpers were youth. Having such a large majority of the people there being youth, I found it easier to engage throughout the Mass. Altogether, I am glad that I participated in this year’s L.A. Youth Day. Re: L.A. Youth Day Some youth asked if they could go again next year, even though they are getting confirmed this year. SURELY YES. We have some that have gone as Juniors and Seniors along with the Confirmation Candidates. This year there were 13,000 youth that participated. We see the celebration of our faith on such a grand scale. Look for the notes about L.A. Youth Day 2017 in the next few months. 2 — Up-Words OMC’s Youth Ministry family Youth Activities Youth Night — “Drop-In” Wednesday March. 9th, 6:30—8:00 pm. Includes an Adopt-A-Senior project. Come join in the fun, meet friends and find new ones too. Also on Thursday March 17th, 6:30— 8:00 pm. We will help sor t and package food for the Easter Baskets. This will help families to make their Easter celebrations a greater blessing. Another Service Op — Help Decorate Serra Hall for Easter on Monday March 21st, 4:30—8:00 p.m. We’ll be putting up butterflies and flowers and more. We are still developing a Recycling Program for OMC. Youth and Parents are needed to help with this. If you would like to participate, please let JoEllyn or Ian know; we will get you in contact with the organizers. Help Whispering Winds as a Child Care Assistant (CCA) at their Family Camps this Summer. An Orientation Meeting for youth and parents (both must attend) will be on Thursday May 5th, 7:00—8:30 pm in Serra Hall. Youth who have served as CCAs had great experiences. Down the Road: Vacation Bible School (VBS) is J uly 11th-15th, and setup/decorating will be done July 4th-10th — HELP! Rummage Sale will be August 13-14, with setup August 8-12th. Look for the details for both. March 2016 Passion for LIFE! by Ian Mascarenhas In John 10: 10 Jesus said “I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus has a passion for life, eternal life. And He wants us to have a share in it. One definition for “passion” is “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.” That is exactly what Jesus accomplished with His life, teachings, suffering, death and resurrection. All of that was so we could get reconnected with God and our faith family. We are more alive through our connections and we all encourage and support each other through our faith journey. “Jesus thinks that our place in heaven is more important than His, so He gave up His that you could have yours.” — quote from Max Lucado. So if we are not going to do what Jesus tells us: “Love one another,” “Come and See,” “Take and eat,” “Take and drink,” “Do this in remembrance of me,” and share His mission (Matthew 28), then our actions proclaim “Sorry Jesus, but your suffering and death just wasn't enough.” Jesus, as God, not only is LOVE, but He has a great love (PASSION) for us to become a holy communion. Coming to Mass is not just about what we get out of it, but also how we contribute toward encouragement & support for LIFE! At the L.A. Religious Education Congress, the Labryinth was set up in the Sacred Space area. I loved sitting here in “Sacred Space.” I loved even more that God revealed we are “Sacred Space.” God is present to us everywhere. March 2016 OMC’s Youth Ministry family Raising My Family Challenged Me to Make My Own Changes by Art Samora When I was younger, and my kids were younger, my relationship with my kids was more of a one-way street than it is now. I found myself leaning on the phrase “Because I said so” more than I should, and really if I am honest with myself, I was relying on the fact that I was the parent of my children, and that should be enough of a rationale for them to follow what I say and not necessarily what I do, as my wife and I began to raise them to become adults, and more specifically, adults with Catholicism in their lives. But as my kids have gotten older, I found that “doing what I say” was not enough. As I would tell my kids not to eat in front of the TV, they proceeded to point out that I eat in front of the TV all the time. As I was teaching my kids to drive, it became important me to drive the speed limit, to use my signals, and to look before switching lanes. Because that is what my kids were expecting from me as they learned how to drive, not only from me, but from others. Being confirmed and staying true to my Catholic Religion is no different. If I am going to ask my daughter to believe more deeply in my Religion, then I need to do the same. It was not enough to give her a ride to Confirmation class. If I am going to talk it, I’m going to have to walk it. As a result, I need to go to church. I need to go volunteer myself to help other people if I am going to ask her to do it. I need to practice my faith if I am going to expect my daughter to practice hers. I feel as though I have done that, or at least I am trying. We have volunteered with my daughter, and you know what — It felt pretty good. So hopefully, my way and I can keep working to provide Sarah with a model, so that she can continue being a practicing Catholic as she fledges and leaves home to find her way in life. I’m still struggling with eating in front of the TV though. Praiseworthy -- God is Up-Words — 3 Confirmation Retreat Friday March 11th — Sunday March 13th At Whispering Winds Please keep our Candidates and Team and their families in your prayers. Other Dates to Remember: Sunday April 3rd (4 pm): Meeting for Candidates, Sponsors & Parents, in Serra Hall. Thursday April 14th (5:45 pm): Confirmation Rehearsal, in Church. Sunday April 17th (5:30 pm): Confirmation Mass; Bishop Brom presiding. A reception follows the Mass. Candidates and Sponsors check in downstairs @ 4:00 pm, for a Prayer Service. Easter Schedule Parish Reconciliation Service (March 15th): 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Several priests will be available for confessions. Palm Sunday (March 20th): Regular Mass schedule. Begin outside with palms processions. Holy Thursday (March 24th): Mass of The Lord’s Supper, 7 pm. Church will be open till 10 pm for prayer time. Good Friday (March 25th): Stations of The Cross @ Noon. Services @ 3 pm and 7 pm. There is no Mass on this day, but there are Communion Services at 3 & 7 pm with veneration of the cross. Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil (March 26th): Mass is at 7:30 pm. RCIA Catechumens and Candidates receive Sacraments. Praise-wordy -- we should not be. Easter Sunday (March 27th): Masses are at 7:30 am, 9:00 am (upstairs & downstairs), 11:00 am and 5:30 pm. May your Lent continue to be blessed and holy and your Easter be joyful.
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