The YM Newsletter | January 2017 | "I come from Heaven"


In this issue:

  1. Walking and talking with youth - a resource
  2. Cor Jesu is moving to the West side!
  3. NCYC update
  4. Upcoming events

Walking and talking with youth - a resource

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Fatima apparition (hence the banner image). Our Lady spoke to the three children at Fatima - "I come from Heaven" - and captured the attention of the world. This year, we will be hearing much about Our Lady of Fatima.

Last month we spoke about the importance of engaging in conversation with youth. Often, we tend to avoid it because, well, starting a conversation can be a challenge sometimes. But in order to walk with people (in this case, youth), just as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, we need to actually talk to them. Next month, I'll speak more about how to create an environment where these conversations can happen, but first I want to provide a resource for this idea of "walking (and talking) with youth." It is a talk from Jim Beckman and was given at a conference I attended. As you listen, ask yourself the question: "How are the youth in Mr. Beckman's stories being brought closer to Christ?" I realize that he is the founder of a program, so Disclaimer Number One: I am not promoting this program. Disclaimer Number Two: I realize the "youth conference" he refers to is a specific youth conference and I am also not using this talk to promote that conference. Again, focus on the question above as you listen to the talk and that will guide your reflection on the matter.
If the audio player above does not work, click here.

Cor Jesu is moving to the West side!

The next few dates for Cor Jesu will be taking place (generally) on the West side of the Diocese:

February 11 - St. Andrew, Granite Falls
March 31 - St. Clotilde, Green Valley
May 6 - St. Aloysius, Olivia

Plan a trip! Or, simply mention it to youth and adults; many come to Cor Jesu of their own volition. It's free and you don't need to sign up! Visit for more information.

NCYC update

Thank you for your patience regarding NCYC 2017. If you have not responded to our email regarding the interest indicator (whether or not you are taking a group), please do so ASAP. Hotel requests have been (finally) made available and parishes/AFCs will be given access to this soon.

Upcoming events:

January 14: TEC Retreat | Holy Redeemer Catholic School | Marshall
January 21: 9 Days for Life
January 22: March for Life | MN Capitol
January 27: Broom Tree Retreat | Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp | Irene, SD
February 11: Cor Jesu | St. Andrew | Granite Falls
February 13: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 6: Gathers | St. Aloysius | Olivia
March 23: Bishop Lucker Lecture | St. Catherine | Redwood Falls
March 31: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde | Green Valley
more events...
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