Lots of things going on in our Diocese:
The Diocese of Fresno Youth and Young Adult Ministry held its annual appreciation Mass and Dinner on June 14th. Msgr. Cotta graciously celebrated the Mass and a reception followed. It was a unifying experience for all of us to share together.
Did you know that the Office of Ministries staff supported the Office of Youth Ministry in welcoming the different Archdioceses and Dioceses of Region XI (Eleven) to Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center and St. Anthony Retreat (StAR) Center in Three Rivers for the 2012 Curso de Verano? We had the participation of 146 people from 13 Dioceses and Archdioceses; 11 from our own Diocese. Msgr. Cotta was very generous in giving of his time and celebrating the Mass on Saturday, July 14. Thank you very much Msgr. Cotta. Our speakers included Mr. Vince Olea, Executive Director of the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Fr. Jose Marins and other regional directors. It was a very uplifting event and a great opportunity to learn and collaborate with our region.
Also, we held our 3rd Youth Ministry Boot Camp at StAR. This was the most attended Boot Camp so far. We had 35 people attend the 2-day workshop from Buttonwillow, Tulare, Tehachapi, Farmersville, California City, Huron, Lemoore, Dinuba, Taft, Fresno and Bakersfield. It was a great opportunity to share and learn on what is going on in our Diocese.
We continue working on our English and Spanish Formation schedules for the 2012-2013 year. Keep an eye out for the dates. We have formed 3 committees to work with the Region XI standards and come up with a schedule for formation -- one for full-time youth ministers, another one for volunteers and one for core teams. If you would like to be a part of any of these committees please contact me.
If you have questions on these or any of the events please let me know ASAP. Have a blessed summer.
Invite your Confirmation team to attend one of our Confirmation Trainings:
All Workshops: 9am-4pm. $20/P. Lunch included *.
August 18, 2012: Our Lady of Victory—Fresno
September 8, 2012: St. Joseph—Los Banos.
Taller en Español: 11 de Agosto, 2012: Salón Bishop Donohoe—Centro Pastoral de Fresno. If you would like to be part of the training team please contact the office of youth ministry. Master Catechists are especially invited to be part of the team.
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your parish for the year 2012-2103, please see the brochure attached.
September 27. Diocesan-wide Holy Hour - youth prayer Service. 7pm – 8:30. Holy Spirit, Fresno; Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Laton; Sacred Heart, Bakersfield. 3 different locations to be announced. Bring snacks to Share! More information to come.
October 13. Young Adult Night at the Diocesan Congress. Come and meet other young adults from around the Diocese. 7pm – 9pm. Cost $10 or $5 if registered for Congress.
October 14. High School Youth Day. Visalia Convention Center. 8:30am (registration opens) – 5:00pm. Mass 3:45 – 5:00pm, All priests are welcome to concelebrate. Theme in honor of the Year of Faith: “It’s Only the Beginning! Know HIM, Love HIM, Serve HIM”. $20 per participant. It does not include lunch. Ceili Rain has confirmed attendance! Parents are invited to a parent workshop. More info to come. If you would like to be part of the committee, please let me know… meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator