It has been so good to meet with so many of you at our regional E&C meetings. Thank God for fruitful and meaningful conversations and for the good work He is doing in the Diocese of New Ulm! And thank you for your willingness to cooperate with the movements of the Holy Spirit!
Some common themes throughout our meetings were:
In terms of youth ministry, a common theme was the desire of the youth to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist, regardless of their level of faith. They are attracted to the beauty, the reverence, and the silence they experience in adoration.
The necessity of all the baptized to evangelize and the struggles and joys of evangelization.
There was much interest in Totus Tuus (see notification below): how it went, its benefits, and the plans for 2018.
Deacon Mike and I look forward to our meetings this winter!
NCYC 2017 is almost here! I will see you beforehand when I drop off your lanyards and programs and all of you together at the Region 8 Mass on Thursday. May God bless your trips and time there! Feel free to contact me or Cindy if you have any questions prior.
Broom Tree Retreat 2018
Last January the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry piloted a retreat for those interested in "going deeper" into the spiritual life. This year, the Broom Tree Retreat will be from January 19-21 at the Broom Tree Youth and Family Camp in Irene, SD. This retreat is designed for youth who have invested in the Faith and in Jesus and want to learn how to foster that relationship. Each day features adoration, Confession, Holy Mass, silent prayer time, games, small groups, and talks on the interior life.
If you have a youth group that you think would benefit from such a retreat, contact Kevin for more information. Keep in mind this is not intended to be a Confirmation retreat; the preference is that a group from a parish attends accompanied by either a priest or lay leader. General information found here.
Totus Tuus - Interest Indicator
As mentioned earlier, many of you have expressed interest in hosting Totus Tuus for the summer of 2018. In order to gauge how many teams will serve the Diocese, it is necessary to know how many parishes or AFCs are willing to host a team. An email was sent out earlier this week with a link to a survey (see button below). Please complete the survey even if you are only vaguely considering hosting Totus Tuus.
November 4: Cor Jesu | St. Mary, Arlington
November 16-19: NCYC | Indianapolis, IN
December 3: Cor Jesu | St. Michael, Milroy
December 10: Advent Prayer Service | St. Mary, Tracy
January 13-15: RB TEC #267 | Holy Trinity, Winsted
January 19-21: Broom Tree Retreat | Broom Tree Youth & Family Camp, Irene, SD
January 22: MCCL March for Life | St. Paul more events...