Because last Monday was Memorial Day, and having taken the day off, please allow us to play a two-week catch-up:
MEMPHIS, TN — "Weapons of Mass Redemption" was the theme of this year’s Diocesan Youth Celebration held April 20-21 at St. Benedict High School in Cordova. Jesse Manibusan was the keynote speaker and John Angotti was the featured musician.
The weekend event was attended by middle school and high school teens and adults from 26 different parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, including 10 parishes from the Jackson Deanery and 16 from the Memphis Deanery.
The agenda included the opportunity to build community with teens throughout the dioceses. Different activities included writing letters to soldiers, getting religious tattoos, playing a Catholic trivia game and more. Participants were also able to celebrate the sacrament of confession and go to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Teens in grades 6-12 attended break-out sessions including "Discovering the Gift: Theology of the Body for Teens" by Deanna Jones, a native Memphian. After college, she served as a missioner in Mexico and is now the Pastoral Minister for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, Kan. Jones teaches Theology of the Body to teens and adults and is working toward her Masters of Arts degree in Theology. Read more from the Commercial Appeal
Vince Mescall, the Fayetteville session coordinator and coordinator of Catholic Youth Ministries, said the event has come a long way in that time. The first year, only 13 teenagers and adults volunteered to work on service projects here in the county. The last four or five years, some 100 volunteers have taken part.
The purpose of Homeworks is to take teenagers with adult supervision and send them out to various building and repair projects around the county over a one-week period. This year’s Homeworks projects will be undertaken the week of June 18-22. More from the Fayetteville Observer.
Monday the 21st started early with a Relevant Radio interview. A cancelled meeting lead to some desktime and prep on meetings later in the week.
The next two days were crazy busy. We had a great staff meeting where everyone was “game on,” a first effort at a webinar style meeting initiating efforts towards world youth day domestic, working of hs curriculum religious freedom, and lay ministry certification, and, oh yeah… in the middle of that, the blog went down for a day! There were some great phone consultations with youth ministers on the side and it was great to be alive and in ministry -truly an A.W.E. (Amazing Weekly Event) moment.
Thursday the 24th, we knocked off the Religious Freedom resources and only had a one meeting day on the Schools’ Convocation. As the Catholic Center closes on summer Fridays, the 25th involved just an errand and a Hispanic Christian music concert in the evening.
Saturday was an empty day of rest, some advance blogging, and a household chore or two. Sunday the 27th, beyond a great start of the day, I attended a multi-parish Confirmation at the Cathedral, scouting out our new Archbishop’s Confirmation homily.
Tuesday we had a shorten version of a staff meeting, double check on a big event budget, (re)produced a meeting video, had a site visit for the Jesus Way social justice program.
Wednesday I finalized the office e-newsletter and then headed out with the DYYAN ladies to a e-team overnight which was both challenging yet hopeful. the evening.
June 1 was an office closed day that was busy. Headed over to my daughters’ place in the morning to move some furniture and visit, then down to the city for a MAC project, off to Pennsylvania to visit family for the afternoon, then through tornado warnings/ thunderstorms to the youth retreat house for their annual raffle, where I bought an item in the silent auction which I delivered that night, in a full circle move, to the daughters. This day and the company I kept throughout it made it an A.W.E. (Amazing Weekly Event)
Saturday I presented at the NALM conference, napped a little, and finished up the day in a triumphant round of Hearts. Sunday was low key.