News from ‘All Around:
BREAKING NEWS — An Indiana legislator has apologized for writing a letter accusing the Girl Scouts of America of being a "radicalized organization"—one that actively promoted abortion, sex and homosexual lifestyles and served as a de-facto arm of Planned Parenthood. Rep. Bob Morris actually hasn’t backed away from any of his actual claims: He still believes the national Girl Scouts organization has been co-oped by groups that undermine what he considers to be traditional family values; but he believes there are lots of fantastic Girl Scouts in Girl Scouts of America and feels bad about painting, "the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush…I realize now that my words were emotional, reactionary and inflammatory," he wrote in his apology. " Read more from Youth Worker
Do you know who your primary contact is for your diocesan catholic newspaper and/or other forms of Media?? You should!
Kiri hopes to "give an insight as to how some young people in Brisbane" live the faith. "It’s a great opportunity (and) I feel really grateful for it," she said, beaming. Read more about Kiri in the Catholic Leader.
THIBODAUX, LA — The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux has a message for its younger parishioners: In addition to being the future of the church, they are also the present.
They hope to deliver that missive at the 33rd annual Youth Rally, scheduled from 12:30 to 10 p.m. March 31 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. The theme for this year’s event is Revelation — the idea that Jesus reveals himself to us every single day.
“It’s a celebration of the young church,” said Michael DiSalvo, director of youth ministry for the diocese. “Many of them have a lot of stuff going on in the parish, in the school as far as their faith is concerned. They don’t know that there are a lot of other teens going through the same problems they do. Bringing them together gives them the big picture of how big our faith is and how awesome it can be. Celebrate it every day.” Read more from the Daily Comet.
News from ‘Round Here:
Monday started out very differently. A federal holiday, I lounged around for a bit, worked out, went for my weigh-in, and then hit the road. I visited in the evening with my friend Sharon in Latrobe, PA, had dinner, and saw This Means War.
I was out early and traveled farther west to Steubenville, OH and Franciscan University. Bought Mardi Gras cupcakes for the student and professor, went to mass to mark the end of ordinary times, and then visited with a class. I made a surprise early return home to celebrate a 50th birthday with someone special. It’s been pointed out that I have fallen out of the practice of designating an Awesome Weekly Experience (A.W.E.) Well, the whole long day was just that.
Up early Wednesday after not enough recovery time and back into the office. Drafted a memo regarding the Girl Scouts, addressed a personal issue, dealt with some MAC and e-team business, supervision and prayer with the youth and young adult ministry staff, WYD ‘13 planning and catching up on e-mail after time away… and still made it home before the rush.
Thursday was an e-team meeting, a lunch with Kevin, our sound guy for the pilgrimage, more MAC stuff, sending an appreciation note to our youth ministers as well as expressing some concern regarding the middle school rally. The later afternoon was good for a haircut. Friday was a jeans day in the office where I worked on next week’s e-newsletter, got the team rolling on the parent newsletter, called for a youth ministry council meeting, and sent out a call for the MAC parishioner day. A good desk day delightlfully diverted by d’loverly daughter. Saturday did some work projects from home, ran a personal errand, and then was out for dinner with two preety ladies and some jazz. Meanwhile, a curriculum regarding human sexuality that Georgina and I had prepared earlier with an Hispanic young adult community was been implemented and all reports indicated that it was bueno!
Sunday involved some baking for the AYAC servant team as they entered into some training for the morning, Mass, some office catch-up work, and then a continuation of the 50th birthday part from earlier in the week. The evening involved the Oscars
Week four of my medifast diet paired up with a consistent schedule of workouts is in the books According to my scale this am, I’m down 3 pounds for a three week total of 18. (Average is supposed to be 3-5 pounds so we remain on track!) I was not as good as I should/ could have been, but did pass a significant milestone. I am 8 pounds away from my original goal.