Youth Speak News

Alcohol is seen both as a substance of cultural pride and as a problem-causing drug. So where does it fit in for young Catholics? While certain Christian denominations practise complete abstinence from alcohol, recent studies of its health benefits cannot be ignored.

Living vocation as Chief Squire

I can’t have a standard part-time job. My marks are high enough to get me the post-secondary options I’m interested in, but they could be a bit better. Many of my weekends are taken up by keeping on top of schoolwork or going to a meeting miles away... and I couldn’t be happier.

St. Joseph's youth continue Mass tradition

{mosimage}TORONTO - Youth from parishes across the eastern section of the archdiocese of Toronto took part in a regional Mass at St. Joseph’s Church on March 30.

The St. Joseph’s Youth Group hosted the Mass, eucharistic adoration and a reception that took place in the parish hall immediately following the Mass.

Chaplain leaves his mark at Saint Mary's


{mosimage}HALIFAX - Deacon Dan Kelly, S.J., 41, of Campbell’s Bay, Que., has been the chaplain at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax since September 2007.

Kelly has implemented many changes to put the chaplaincy centre on the map at the university, such as hosting more activities in the chapel, like movie nights, and an attempt at launching a video contest on Gospel values at Saint Mary’s. Unfortunately, the contest lacked participation, but Kelly plans to try again in the fall.


Discovering how to be loved again


{mosimage}CALGARY - Colette Martinez is the proud mother of baby girl Gemma, named after St. Gemma Galgani of Italy. Yet, the innocence and beauty that Martinez sees in the face of her newborn daughter is something that was abruptly taken away from her as a young girl.

300 from Toronto expected at WYD 2008


{mosimage}TORONTO - Youth from across the archdiocese of Toronto will help to carry the Canadian banner in great numbers at this year’s World Youth Day.

Up to 300 youth from across the archdiocese are expected to make the long journey to Sydney, Australia, for this year’s celebration July 15-20, according to the archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Youth.

Learning to love


Many of us are familiar with 1 Corinthian 13, “Love is patient; love is kind…” I’ve heard the passage over and over but I have never given it much thought. I cringe when I hear the exchange of “I love you” and find it difficult to accept or to tell someone that I love them. I’m not sure if I have the capacity to love.

A lasting friendship from WYD


{mosimage}TORONTO - Over the past six years, Robert Kalisz and the Friends of Togo WYD committee have made significant steps in helping people in the tiny African nation of Togo to live a better life.

God is my family's glue


On Jan. 11, 2004, at 10 p.m. I walked into the emergency room of the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. My mother lay immobilized on a spine board. I prayed to God not to take her away from me.

Love of Christian music turns into career


{mosimage}OTTAWA - Ottawa native Robert Du Broy is a veteran media manager, producer and long-time promoter of Christian radio in Canada. He co-founded Christian Hit Radio Inc., which operates CHRI 99.1 FM in Ottawa.

Traditional girl in modern world


I’ll get right to the point: I am 19  and since I was young I have wanted to be nothing more than a stay-at-home mom.