As some of you get started on preparations for your ministries, please keep this in mind!
We are less than a month away, but it is important for us to remember to retreat and to have our "sabbath".
Please consider coming out to Glen Harbour Camp (near Regina, SK) to participate in our Annual Fall Retreat!
September 14-16th, Cost $80
Theme: Back to Basics with Michael Perras
I have also attached a brochure
. Please feel free to invite anyone you know in youth ministry who would be interested in spending time in retreat and with other youth ministry people!
Thanks and blessings on a wonderful start to your year!
I strongly encourage you to go if possible, and if interested, I'd be willing to rent a van for a few of us to carpool.
One of my hats is currently being the Chairperson for WCACYM (Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers), so I'll definitely be going and am happy and hoping to bring others along! WCACYM exists to respond collaboratively to the needs of YM leaders across Western Canada on a regional level providing resources, training, community and networking beyond what we have locally in our Dioceses & Eparchies.
Pax & Bonnum,
Coordinator, Youth Ministry Office - Diocese of Saskatoon
Chairperson, Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers
SaskCath Youth Ministry Training Series
Sponsored by the Youth Offices of the Dioceses of Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon & the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. SaskCath is our answer to the demand for hands on practical training to leaders in youth ministry in Saskatchewan. With a heart for collaboration and pooling resources, SaskCath jointly plans and offers workshops throughout the province 2-4 times per year. Topics are on youth ministry need-driven issues for adult leaders.
Building a Youth Friendly Community.
This time we will focus on building a youth friendly community. But what does youth friendly mean exactly? Over the course of thisworkshop day, your Diocesan Directors in Youth Ministry will address the topic of developing a youth friendly community by:
- Learn - basics of ym & painting the picture
- Reflect - is your community youth friendly?
- Involve - who do you need to involve?
- Respond - research, organize, and 5 strategies of effective response.
The Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers (WCACYM) has an annual gathering every year in January. It is in Calgary this coming year (Jan 12-15th) and I'm going! (as I'm vice-chairperson and need to run the business meeting... its also a fabulous time!)
I would love to take a few others with me and caravan or fly down together to experience it! Miles Meyers is a phenomenal presenter; having taken 2 courses of my youth ministry certificate with him. Also the community and sharing of wisdom and experience of 30-50 youth workers across western Canada is an invaluable experience.
Please talk to your parishes if you're interested and able to see if they're willing to pay for all or part of your trip. Especially if you're a paid youth worker, there is a constant need for professional development that you should be supported in seeking out.
Finally, the Diocesan Education of Laity fund is something you probably could apply for to fund part of your expenses as well. Lastly, never overlook your local CWL and KofC councils for support.
PS - you can download the registration brochure here
Check out this great opportunity to meet with Diocesan staff, the Bishop, and let your voice be heard!
Parishioners are invited to attend an upcoming Congress Day with Bishop Don Bolen for the Saskatoon City, Saskatoon Rural and Outlook deaneries, to be held 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Bethlehem Catholic High School, 110 Bowlt Crescent, Saskatoon.
Topics of discussion will include:
- The liturgy and preparing for the new translation of prayers for Mass
- The evangelization priority of the Rooted in Christ Diocesan Vision
- The diocesan policy for protection of vulnerable persons?
The day will end with celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Don Bolen.
There is no fee to participate in this Congress Day in Saskatoon, but to assist with planning for lunch, please pre-register before Feb. 4 by contacting Marci Deutscher at the Catholic Pastoral Centre; Phone: (306) 242-1500, Ext. 222; Toll free: 1-877-661-5005, or E-mail: email@example.com
NOTE: The Saskatoon City, Saskatoon Rural and Outlook deaneries include parishes located at: Saskatoon; Langham / Martensville; Asquith / Vanscoy / Delisle; Colonsay / Allan / Viscount; Dundurn; Vonda / Prud’homme / St. Denis; Davidson / Kenaston / Outlook / Elbow; Rosetown / Elrose / Beechy.