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April 19, 2017

By Kelly Donnelly
Diocesan director of youth ministry

This Lent has been an exciting time in the Department of Youth Ministry!  The Lenten retreats held in Canton and Malone each had an incredibly positive response. 

Personally, I found it inspiring to have over 100 youth and over 20 adult chaperones present for the retreats.  They not only came to the retreats, but they entered into the retreats with such a joyful, prayerful attitude, which helped all the attendees get the most out of the day. 

We are just about a month away from the youth rally, so as registrations come in and final preparations are made, I am greatly looking forward to the rally.  From our keynote speaker, Paul J. Kim, to the many talented workshop presenters, to the exciting games and activities offered at the interactive park, to the closing Mass presided by Bishop LaValley, the day promises to be exciting and transformative. 

As more adults attend Youth Minister Certification workshops and parishes continue to grow their youth ministry programming, there is a lot of momentum regarding youth ministry.  Feel free to contact the Youth Department with any questions or concerns at any point! 

Upcoming Youth Ministry Events
• May 6:  Youth Rally.  Open to all students in grades 6-12, the youth rally will be held at IHC in Watertown.  Featuring renowned speaker Paul J. Kim, a variety of workshops, prayer, an interactive park (including the exciting game 9-Square), and closing Mass with Bishop LaValley.  Youth ministers can register chaperones and youth at www.rcdony.org/youthrally/rally.  The Registration deadline is April 28 - - don’t miss out on this incredible day! 

• May 13: Youth Minister Certification Courses 1 & 2.  Course 1 (Overview of Current USCCB Document on Youth) and Course 2 (Evangelizing in Today’s Culture) will be offered in Plattsburgh from 9:00-12:00 on May 13.  Email Vicky at vlalonde@rcdony.org to register.

• June 25-30: Catholic Heart Work Camp in Plattsburgh.  Register by emailing chwc.ogdensburg@gmail.com.

• July 2-August 11: Camp Guggenheim. Weeks 1-5 are for 12-15 year-olds, and Week 6 is for 16-18 year-olds.  Register at www.rcdony.org/camp

•August 15: Diocesan Youth Council Applications due for ’17-’18 Academic Year. Check out details and applications at www.rcdony.org/youth.

•September 29-October 1: Leadership Weekend. Grades 9-12.  Mark your calendars!  Registrations will be available soon.

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