The E&C Messenger | December 2017


In this issue:

  1. Bishop LeVoir's Advent reflections
  2. NCYC 2017 follow-up
  3. Broom Tree Retreat 2018
  4. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel..."
  5. Upcoming diocesan events

Bishop LeVoir's Advent reflections

Each Advent, Bishop LeVoir records weekly Advent reflections. Visit his webpage to listen to each week's reflection.

NCYC 2017 follow-up

As you settle into life after the conference, do not forget to follow-up and walk with the students who went. A few questions to reflect on after any such event are:
  • What did the youth really respond to with faith? In other words, what seemed to call them deeper into their relationship with Christ?
  • Were there any youth that seemed to be particularly affected by the conference? If so, what is your plan to reach out to them and walk with them on their journey now?
  • What do we currently have in place to ensure that we don't live from conference to conference? If nothing, what is our plan to really foster relationships with the youth who attended?
It is vitally important to have a game plan for walking with the youth who attended NCYC (or any retreat for that matter). These "mountain top" experiences are often not sustainable on the day to day living in the "valley" of life.

Broom Tree Retreat 2018

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. Our theme this year is "Lord, teach us to pray..."

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.

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel..."

May you and yours have a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas!

Upcoming diocesan events:

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
February 10: Cor Jesu | St. Clotilde, Green Valley
February 17-19: RB TEC #268 | Holy Redeemer, Marshall
more events...
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