Youth Speak News

Having just finished four years of university, I know a thing or two about working on Sundays. Often, I would give myself time to sleep in, sleep off a week of classes, tutorials, assignments and incredibly late nights, but then it was time to get up and at ’em for a long day of work. For many young people, church is not even a thought worth entertaining during the school year. “Are you kidding? I have four essays and two presentations to finish by Thursday!”

 

Canadian immigrant starts Catholic lay movement

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TORONTO - More than 100 children, teens and young adults gather for a prayer meeting every Friday at St. Basil the Great High School in North York. Members drive in from as far away as Waterloo and Hamilton on a weekly basis.

North meets south on a student exchange

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TORONTO - Students from a Toronto Catholic high school and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, exchanged homes for a week this spring.

Phony satisfaction

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I can remember many times where a cell phone has gone off at the wrong time, but there was this one time I’ll never forget. I was at Palm Sunday Mass and a cell phone rang right in the middle of it. I couldn’t believe it. The person didn’t even turn the phone off because he didn’t want anyone to know it was him.  He had not only disrespected the people around him, the priest and the altar servers, but most importantly, God.

Ottawa gets youth-friendly archbishop

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OTTAWA - The newly appointed archbishop of Ottawa has a heart for youth.

All kids up to bat

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{mosimage}TORONTO - No one sat out on the side lines during a baseball mini-camp for 125 special needs students.

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Halton Catholic District School Board sponsored the half-day event at the Rogers Centre May 16.

Few changes accompany bittersweet sixteen

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I just turned 16 years old.  Wow!  I seem so old!  If you’d asked me even five years ago what I thought I would be like, I don’t know what I would have answered, but it was probably not this. I imagined my birthday would be something huge, something life changing, something so big that I couldn’t even imagine it. Yet I woke up that morning and, surprisingly, nothing really seemed different. I didn’t physically change in any way and I didn’t feel that different emotionally either.

Archbishop taps into young adults

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TORONTO - When Marie Comiskey and her younger brother Kevin heard Archbishop Collins was going to speak at a local pub they jumped on the opportunity to meet the archbishop for the first time.

 

Writing for a cause

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{mosimage}TORONTO - At the ripe old age of seven Caroline D’ Souza penned her first two stories and sold them to family and friends to raise funds for needy children in India.

Farm serves disadvantaged families

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OTTAWA - Alanna Dalton attributes her close relationship with God to her time spent at Waupoos Farm 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

Shortcuts lead to dead ends

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I  was 18 years old when I competed in a regional lifeguard competition. My boss agreed to pay us to compete. However, days before the competition, we were practising for several hours and my teammates were signing in at work for their practice hours. They knew that it was wrong, but they did it anyway. I was jealous because they were making money and I wasn’t so I signed in too, thinking “if I get caught, we’ll all get caught.” Our manager never noticed what happened and we got away with stealing.