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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Diocesan Youth Council prepares for 2007 Catholic Youth Celebration next March

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 5, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

The 2006 Diocesan Youth Council included teen representatives from all corners of the diocese. Front row, from left: Danielle Fazzari (Assumption, Walla Walla), Jessica Heidt (St. Anthony, Spokane), and Ramona Bautista and Beth Breshears (St. Patrick, Pasco). Second row: Ben Foust (St. Patrick, Pasco), Philip Neumann (St. Joseph, Spokane), and Quinn Tomlin (St. Patrick, Walla Walla). Third row: David Meyers (Holy Rosary, Pomeroy), and Jared Reyna and Izzy Galvez (St. Patrick, Pasco). Back row: Alex Wentz (Assumption, Walla Walla), Marcus Breshears (St. Patrick, Pasco), Brad Neilan (St. Ambrose, Lind), and Nick Moreno (St. Patrick, Pasco). (IR photo from St. Patrick Parish, Pasco)

The 2006-2007 Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) met for the first time the weekend of Aug. 25-27 at St. Patrick Parish in Walla Walla.

Youth from throughout the diocese were encouraged to apply to serve on the DYC. The DYC is wonderful opportunity for youth, who are leaders in their parishes, to exercise their leadership at the diocesan level. It has also been a place where youth with leadership potential can grow in that skill through their service.

Membership involves a huge commitment – part of that commitment is four weekends during the year, devoted to planning the annual Catholic Youth Celebration (CYC) – but it is also a privilege to be selected to serve the other youth of the diocese.

This year the DYC consists of youth from St. Patrick Parish in Pasco, St. Anthony in Spokane, Holy Rosary Parish in Pomeroy, the combined youth group from St. Ambrose Parish in Lind and St. Agnes Parish in Ritzville, St. Joseph Parish in Spokane, Assumption and St. Patrick parishes in Walla Walla, and Sacred Heart in Tekoa. In addition to these parishes, adults represent St. Joseph Parish in LaCrosse/Washtucna and St. Thomas More Parish, the Newman ministry at Washington State University, Pullman.

The primary responsibility of the Diocesan Youth Council is to plan the annual Catholic Youth Celebration (CYC). The process begins with an assessment of the needs of youth. The council considers such questions as, what is the best thing and hardest thing about being a teenager today? What is the best thing and most difficult thing about being a Catholic Christian today? Brainstorming these questions and reviewing evaluations from the previous year’s CYC helps to surface some basic needs of teenagers, and from those needs, a theme is discerned.

The theme for CYC 2007 is: “Sinners Anonymous: The Lost and Found.” The DYC explains the theme this way:

“Every day youth lose their way and wander from the path of Christ. Hundreds of Catholic-Christian teens from our diocese, facing similar problems, need to come together as a community and help each other live for God now. Lost and without faith we are dead. But found and full of God’s love we have eternal life. Please join us for “Sinners Anonymous: The Lost and Found,” CYC 2007.

A Scripture is always determined to help express the theme of CYC. This year’s Scripture comes from Luke 15:4-7 (NRSV):  “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the 99 in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance.”

Now that the 2007 CYC theme, explanation, and Scripture have been chosen, the DYC has announced a logo contest. Youth from throughout the diocese may submit logo designs. The winning entry will be used for publicity materials, including the traditional CYC t-shirts and sweatshirts. The winning artist will receive free registration to CYC as well as a CYC sweatshirt and recognition at the March event. Everyone else who submits a logo also will be rewarded in some way.

It takes a great deal of time and effort on the part of many people to build a CYC weekend. In the absence of the Parish Services Office and without a full-time youth ministry consultant, volunteers have once again stepped forward to lead and guide this effort. Jackie Keyes, Youth Minister from St. Patrick Parish in Pasco, will coordinate the DYC weekends. Dan Glatt, Youth Minister from Our Lady of Fatima in Spokane, and Deacon Kelly Stewart, from Assumption Parish, Spokane, will assist her in facilitating CYC.

A volunteer form has been circulated for others to sign up to give of their gifts, talents and abilities in order to help make CYC happen. Sponsorship funding will be solicited to help with the expenses, since no diocesan funding will be available this year. Once again, the Catholic Youth Celebration, which will be held the weekend of March 23-24-25, 2007 at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, will be dependent upon the generosity of outside donors.

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