Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Over 400 ‘Soak Up the Son’ at Catholic Youth Conference
by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff
(From the April 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)
Bishop Skylstad presents the St. Timothy Award for outstanding youth achievement to Hannah Lausted, St. Augustine Parish, Spokane. Also receiving the award were Justine Wetherholt (St. Augustine Parish) and Nick Moreno and Ramona Batista (St. Patrick Parish, Pasco). (IR photo from the Parish Services Office)
Over 400 energetic high school youth and adult chaperones attended Catholic Youth Conference 2005, held at Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep.
Participants celebrated the theme “Soak Up the Son.” From Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20, the youth enjoyed skits put on by members of the Diocesan Youth Council, talks by the keynote speakers, prayers, play and Passion Sunday Mass with Bishop William Skylstad.
CYC kicked off at 8 p.m. Friday with an energetic opening session. After some praise and worship, a welcoming address by Bishop Skylstad, prayer, and a humorous introductory skit by DYC members, the youth welcomed keynote speaker Mike Patin to the stage. His high energy and humorous hour-long talk incorporated stories and jokes about his own youth to subtly address the issues of peer pressure teens face in their daily lives.
On Saturday, the youth attended a variety of workshops and general sessions that covered topics such as: vocations, consumerism, the Triduum, diversity, healthy relationships and suicide. They ended the day with the annual “Saturday Night Live” bash where youth danced, played and prayed their way through the evening. They returned on Sunday morning for Passion Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop Skylstad.
The annual CYC is sponsored by the youth ministry office of the Diocese of Spokane, and planned by high school students who are part of the Diocesan Youth Council.
For more information about CYC, or to find out how to get involved, contact Paul Mach at (509) 358-7314.