Youth Speak News

OMG. This tiny, seemingly harmless acronym is just one variation of a phrase that has invaded our everyday lives, from conversation to television scripting to instant messaging.

We need to have respect for all

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As I was sitting in on a group discussion, the topic of same-sex relationships arose. The majority of people in the discussion were Catholic and all had pretty strong opinions on the subject. This is to be expected, though what is not to be expected was some of the rude and hurtful comments I heard in that conversation. The fact that someone I know is gay was sitting right beside me made the whole experience that much worse.

Mingled minorities

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When I was three years old, I was unable to organize my thoughts and speak either French or English. My dad spoke to my brother and me only in French. My mom spoke to us in English.

Catholic School of Evangelization passes on Catholic heritage

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{mosimage}ST. MALO, Man. - Talitha Lemoine was an average 12-year-old Catholic, becoming disinterested in Mass, when she first heard about the Catholic School of Evangelization (CSE) in St. Malo. She attended several summer and winter camps there, before eventually becoming a counsellor.

Keeping faith alive through studying the dead

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{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.