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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Catholic Youth Celebration draws together hundreds of teens, adults

the Inland Register
Photos courtesy of the Parish Services Office

(From the April 29, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Around 500 youth and youth ministers, representing 40 parishes from the Spokane and Yakima dioceses, took part in this year’s Catholic Youth Celebration the weekend of March 26-28 at Gonzaga Prep.

The theme of this year’s CYC was “All for One and One for All.”

The Diocesan Youth Council, made up of 15 representative youth from across the diocese, led the day with skits and icebreakers. Apex Ministries, featuring the teamwork of Brad Farmer and Gene Monterastelli, reached out with a message for youth, delivered with wit, humor, powerful testimony, and juggling.

The event began Friday afternoon, March 26. Gathering, registration, small group activities, and prayer set the pace for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday saw presentations on a number of subjects by several individuals and groups, including Bishop William Skylstad; Fathers Tom Caswell, Pat Kerst and Steve Dublinski; representatives of the local chapter of the Catholic peace organization Pax Christi; and others.

Saturday featured skits, a talent show from Celebration youth, a gigantic inflated slide, “jousting,” a dance, and a three-on-three basketball tournament.

Bishop Skylstad celebrated Mass for the group on Sunday morning. That was followed by awards.

This year the diocese’s youth office made three presentations.

Receiving the Youth Disciple award, as an outstanding youth involved in a parish program, was Megan Murphy of Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane.

Roger Smart of Lind, Wash., was honored with the “For God and Youth” award, given to an adult for outstanding dedication to youth ministry.

St. Ambrose Parish, Lind, was honored for its special service as a parish youth group, for its work in ecumenical youth ministry, with the “Celebrate Youth” award.

Recognition was given to volunteers at St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, who purchased and renovated a bus for use by the youth ministry in that parish.

Finally, special recognition was given to Betty Newstrom. Newstrom is retiring this year as head of the diocese’s Parish Services Office and Bishop’s Secretary for Evangelization. She was honored for her long-term, consistent support for youth ministry at the Catholic Youth Celebration.

Next year’s CYC is set for March 18-20, 2005.

CYC shirt presented to Bishop Skylstad

Bishop Skylstad was presented with the official t-shirt of the CYC. Making the presentation, from left, Katie Bohnet (St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla), Megan Murphy (Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane) and Sean Gilleran (Assumption Parish, Spokane).

CYC Group 2004

Youth groups and adult leaders from throughout the diocese gathered for the annual Catholic Youth Celebration last month at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane.

Pasco Youth Group in prayer

Youth from St. Patrick Parish, Pasco, join hands for prayer.

Banner by St. Anne Parish Youth Group, Medical Lake

Parish youth groups were asked to make a banner representing their membership – here, the results of work by St. Anne Parish, Medical Lake.


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