Youth Speak News

{mosimage} TORONTO - Intrigued by a candlelit basement chapel filled with Gregorian chant and burning incense, 11 teens gathered at St. Francis de Sales Church in Newark, Ohio, for what would become the first Dead Theologians Society meeting.

Making the leap with faith

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My friends and family in the audience, the lights brightly shining on my face, my classmates all watching attentively as I walk across the stage to receive my high school diploma. I feel a sense of accomplishment, a rush of gratitude and much uncertainty of the unknown. I shake hands and walk back to my seat, wondering what God has in store for me.

Happiness and the simple life

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TORONTO - I was walking along Queen Street in downtown Toronto with my friend and dwelling on the fact that I had flooded the entire grocery store where I work by leaving the produce hose on. I was scared about what I had to face the next day at work and upset that I made such a careless mistake.

Exploring the calling

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{mosimage}TORONTO - A new booklet has been published to reach out to youth and teach them about the various vocations within the Catholic Church. It’s Your Call features stories from people living out their vocations who wish to enlighten people on what they love so much about their calling.

Award-winning paper ‘Off the Wall’

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TORONTO – Off the Wall, the Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School student newspaper, has won the general excellence award in the first Catholic Register Student Newspaper Awards.

Go to church? Are you kidding!

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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.