Growing up, there wasn’t the option to not go to church. In our household, if you don’t go to church, you don’t get to celebrate Christmas or Easter, which are two pretty big holidays for a young kid.

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There was one important lesson my friends Matthew Remedios and Monika Cyfko learned while volunteering at our parish’s summer camp — youth need this kind of bonding and faith experience all year round.

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Young people rediscovering sacred music, learning the beauty of the pipe organ and young women veiling for Mass.

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It was Week 1 of my Exodus 90 fast and I really wanted a brownie.

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This year, I decided to read the Bible all the way through, starting at the book of Genesis.

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This was one February reading week that certainly won’t be forgotten.

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Recent revelations that Fr. Thomas Rosica admitted to committing plagiarism came as a surprise to me, having over the years read a number of his books and articles. 

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I love my Church, but I admit I have at times found it difficult dealing with its sins against the Indigenous community.

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There is a misconception that teenagers will always jump at an opportunity to do wrong. This is based on the stereotype that teens are up to no good. 

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Two years ago, I started volunteering at my church’s youth group. My role was to teach the students, mentor them and listen to them. 

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When I left high school I told myself university is where I would find a husband. Well, I have one year left of my bachelor’s degree with no husband in sight. 

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This past fall, my mother received a call from the care home in Yorkton, Sask., where her eldest sister was a resident. My mother was informed that her sister had taken a turn in health and there likely wasn’t much time left. 

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Recently I found myself struggling while writing a paper for class. I had been focused on a specific section, writing and rewriting a paragraph with seemingly no success. No matter what I tried, I wasn’t satisfied with what I wrote. Frustrated, I stepped away from my laptop to take a break.

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When I was in Grade 4, I used to sit in the front pew at my church and watch my older sister altar serve. I had always looked up to my sister and as I sat there, I realized I wanted to be just like her.
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Never in my life have I seen so many religions under one roof.

The roof in this case belonged to St. Philip Neri Church in Toronto and the event was the Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace at the beginning of October.
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