Youth Speak News

{mosimage}TORONTO - Twenty years ago, one young man had a vision to evangelize other youth with the simple and clear Gospel message.

André Regnier, then a recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, answered what he believes was God’s call to start a university student movement, known today as Catholic Christian Outreach, with his wife Angèle. Although it began with a few students sharing the basics of the Gospel, as it celebrates this milestone year, the Regnier’s movement continues to touch the lives of nearly a thousand students across the country through weekly faith studies, Catholic prayer or social events and yearly mission projects in Canada and abroad.

Understanding God's call

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{mosimage}Living out a vocation does not mean settling. It is far from it — but some people mistakenly think otherwise.

I came across someone who thought entering the priesthood late in life was just something to settle for because he did not get married, did not have children and so the next best thing was to enter the seminary. Did he ever approach that the wrong way.

Givemeaning.com lends helping hand to charities

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{mosimage}CALGARY - Charities, though they try to keep administrative costs down, must pay the bills. Mail-outs, phone calls, advertisements and more all cost money.

This is why Tom Williams created Givemeaning.com, a web site that supports grassroots causes, non-profit organizations and charities by giving them the means to fund-raise online at no cost.

Me to We rally draws 8,000

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{mosimage}TORONTO - It was the mother of all pep rallies. Eight thousand tweens and teens crammed into Ricoh Stadium on Toronto’s waterfront Oct. 17, not to stoke school spirit but to embolden young people to go out and try to make the world a better place.

A tall order, no matter how old or young you are. But if the energy level of these young people is any indication, they appear, thankfully, to be up to the task.

The Author of life

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Life is a storybook. God is the author and man is His character. I realized this as I read my Writer’s Workshop book for creative writing class.

A few weeks ago, I had to read a chapter on time which spoke about how the author of a story controls the pace of time. The author transcends time. I kept pondering this element until it made me think about God, the author of life.

Youth ministry: grasping the challenge

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{mosimage}TORONTO - As a leader in Catholic youth ministry for nine years, Melissa Delaney knows the challenges of the trade firsthand.

Now a part-time youth minister at Holy Redeemer parish in Kanata, Ont., Delaney says one of the nagging issues for people working with youth has always been getting across the importance of the ministry.

Altar servers honoured

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{mosimage}TORONTO - More than 600 people attended the 25th Cardinal Carter Altar Server Awards ceremony and Mass at St. Paul’s Basilica on Oct. 11.

It was the first time that the ceremony, sponsored by the Serra Clubs of Toronto, was held outside St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Private school to move into rectory

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{mosimage}SAINT JOHN, N.B. - After five successful years, Divine Mercy Catholic School in Saint John is getting ready to move its small family of 80 students into a much-needed larger home in the renovated rectory of St. Peter’s Church.

In 2000, a group of Catholic families decided to form a faith-based private school for their children. There was not a single private Catholic school in all of New Brunswick at the time, and even now Divine Mercy is only one of two in the province.

Science: merely a tool to use

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If I were to tell you that dust from the moon could cure the common cold, you might laugh or tell me I was crazy. But what if I said that scientists had tested the healing capabilities of moon dust and found their human subjects showed improvement in a matter of hours? Better yet, what if I showed you the article in a science magazine?

No such article exists, by the way. However, as soon as I placed the word “scientists” in front of my moon dust tale, I don’t doubt that some discerning minds said “I still don’t believe it.” But more often than not, if someone makes a claim in the name of science, we, as a culture, are more apt to give it at least some merit.

Leafy lifestyle, according to Genesis

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I often find myself explaining to people why I’m a vegetarian. I used to be pretty defensive about it, but now I realize I only want to educate others.

The drive behind my vegetarianism is certainly not limited to my compassionate and “tree-hugging” nature, though this is one of the reasons I chose to adopt my leafy lifestyle. Health benefits, economic efficiency and conscious consumption are all contributing factors, but people need to understand that my faith plays a role in this too.

Jesus action figure mocks Christians

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{mosimage}VICTORIA, B.C. - A Jesus Christ action figure sold at Camosun College’s bookstore is generating mixed reaction among students and members of the Victoria community.

While the bookstore insists its intention is to educate and not to take a religious or political stance, some students say that regardless of intention, the product is inappropriate in a college context.