News from Around:
NORWALK, CT — These aren’t the sort of nighttime stories to lull your children to sleep. The St. Philip Roman Catholic Church Youth Group has put a terrifying twist on the classic tales of Mother Goose for its weekend haunted house, which will feature the likes of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard and Cinderella.
PORTLAND, OR — With a voice and a message that brings both young and old to their feet, spiritandsong.com artist ValLimar Jansen’s latest release, Give God the Glory is set to debut at this year’s National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis Ind. ValLimar will serve as the emcee at for this year’s NCYC. "Anyone who has been with ValLimar when she has ministered to a group of people has witnessed the way the Lord uses her. She has a deep devotion to the Holy Spirit and its power is felt when she ministers through music," says spiritandsong.com general manager Robert Feduccia. Read more from Christian Newswire.
BALTIMORE, MD — The Archdiocese of Baltimore is reaching out to young people in a new way, with a career fair of sorts for middle schoolers that could have them choosing a vocation in religion called Focus 11. WBAL News 11 Jennifer Franciotti has the story and video available at this link.
News from ‘Round Here:
As I walked into work during the early Monday morning dawn, I committed to myself that this was going to be quite the week.
It started with a morning visit on Relevant Radio. I was knocking off quite a few items on the task list before I later lost energy in the afternoon. I stalled in the early evening with a mall walk before heading over to the daughters for a very disappointing Ravens appearance on Monday Night Football
Tuesday are very much my favorite day of the week. I like our schedule of staff meetings or supervision. This past week, it was supervision with some good one-on-one time. We had a surprising quick NCYC packing party and send some of the give-aways to the Archbishop, Bishops, and boss. Later, Georgina and I worked on our CRS Ambassador project.
Wednesday, we had a second round of interviews for the Msgr, O’Dwyer Youth Retreat House Administrator position. Hopefully, we will announce soon. This was bookended by attending to elements of our Equip on-line classes, especially related to Pastoral Care.
Thursday, the productivity continued. The office e-newsletter went out on schedule. The E-team met and visited with the Child Protection office. There was a conference call on the Mid-Atlantic Congress and then a promotional e-mail for the blog and www.rebuildmychurch.org (happens this Thursday!) Tried to lock-in our speakers for a springtime middle school, youth ministry rally. Took a phone call from a traveler and cleaned my office at the same time and then was off to teach a Seminars in Youth Ministry class. Class started just a minute or two late as I took a delightful call from America’s Hat (Canada) on ReBuild. A very productive day and I got a flu shot somewhere in the middle of it.
Friday I went in late (later than usual – my standards, still reasonably early youth ministry standards.) continued to advance a few projects incrementally. and got home at a reasonable time. And Saturday was a day where I barely touched the laptop. I hosted a friend for breakfast and movies and was off to bed early. I’ve gotten better about one solid decompression day a week.
Sunday we had our NCYC delegation meeting which involved some morning homework, pack out, set up, meeting itself, tear down, and pack back in. I was hoping for more Renuild homework to get done… but didn’t happen.