Here we are, on Fat Tuesday – and if you’re like me, you’re scrambling to decide what exactly you’re giving up for the next 40 days. Will it be candy – no, procrastinating… or maybe you’ll finally tackle that missing prayer time. The possibilities seem infinite and overwhelming. Before you know it, there are going to be ashes on your forehead and all your Catholic friends will be asking, “So what did YOU give up this year?” Don’t worry too much. I’ve been thinking about it, and I have some rock-solid advice on how to make this the most productive (and rewarding) Lent ever.
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First of all, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I know that the rest of the world is done with Christmas after December 25th, but we as Christians are just getting started. Now that all the gifting is finished, we are left to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas with no distractions.
This is the perfect setting to ask yourself questions about where you’ve been and where you’re going. After all, 2011 is just around the corner and everyone will be talking about their New Year’s resolutions. But did you know there is a right and a wrong way to craft a New Year’s resolution? It’s all about being S.M.A.R.T. Let me explain…
October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, so we’ve brought back a great article by Matt Smith about bringing the rosary into your prayer life.
If you can’t stand the rosary, this article is for you. Pope John Paul II loved praying the rosary, and that was a problem for me. I admired the pope’s wisdom, but I was an eighteen-year-old college freshman who couldn’t stand praying the rosary. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being Catholic, but the rosary seemed like the least appealing way to pray…
The final messy games day of LIfe Teen summer camp at Covecrest were successful on Day 5 of Week 9, but had to be cut short because of thunderstorms. Teens had their fair share of messy games, but didn’t have the opportunity to get in the mud pit. Before family-style dinner, Fr. Paul Salemi celebrated Mass. The evening session was a time of prayer over the chaperones and teens, closed out with a time of Eucharistic Adoration. “Behold the Mystery” was the week’s theme, with host Br. Paul Kostka and Read more [...]
Like it or not, school will be starting soon. That reality can stir in a lot of emotions in you: fear, excitement, dread, or panic. That’s okay.
The final full day of week 7 camp at Covecrest was packed with organized free time in the morning, and then messy games and time in the mud pit in the afternoon. After campers got cleaned up at the waterfall and then took showers, Fr. Joe Pellegrino celebrated Mass. The evening session was a time of prayer and praise, concluded with a time of Eucharistic Adoration. “Behold the Mystery” was the week’s theme, with host Jimmy Mitchell and musicians of the group Marian Grace. [nggallery id=169]
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Teens finished up day of 4 of camp like champions by taking a hike up to the overlook on the mountain and following up with intense and thrilling climbs up Tango Tower. Pushing through personal fears and working together as a team, day 4 was a success and the teens were glowing from their feelings of freedom and accomplishment. In the evening Mass was held, followed by group study sessions, confession, and prayer stations.
Photos are from Camp Tepeyac summer camp 2010, Week 11, for Life Teen. The camp theme is “Behold the Mystery.” Hosts are Tricia Tembreull and Marc Leon. Musician is Matt Miller.
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Day 3 of Life Teen at Camp Tepeyac was a spiritually and physically challenging one for teen campers. The day was filled with high ropes courses, team building skills climbing a high wall, and elimination paintball. The ropes course was a challenge for some camp-goers as they let go of fears and the “I can’t” mentality. Every teen came out on top with cheers and encouragement from peers and staff members. The day was ended with a beautiful evening Mass and staff prayer stations that students could go and be prayed over at.
Photos are from Camp Tepeyac Summer Camp 2010, Week 11, for Life Teen. The camp theme is “Behold the Mystery.” Camp hosts are Tricia Tembreull and Marc Leon. The musician is Matt Miller.
There’s a lot of pressure when you’re young to know what you will do with the rest of your life. People are always asking what you want to do when you grow up. Although the world likes to organize your future by job title–doctor, lawyer, accountant–we Catholics see things differently. Some people are called to be single, others are called to be married, and still others are called to the priesthood or religious life. So guys, has the thought ever crossed your mind that you might be called to Read more [...]
Day 5 of the fourth week of camp at Covecrest was a messy one for campers, chaperones and summer staff as they had free time in the morning, then messy games and time in the mud pit in the afternoon. The evening was a time of Eucharistic Adoration and prayer. The theme was “Behold the Mystery;” host was Matt Smith and musicians were Mark and Kristen Dunbar.
Q: Eleven kids from church also attend my high school. We are thinking of starting a daily prayer meeting. We’re not sure what we should be doing. Any words of wisdom?
A: Man, that is so cool! From what I have seen at schools where prayer groups of Bible studies have been formed there is always a growth in the presence of the Holy Spirit that flows all over the school campus. If you and your friends truly feel called to do this…go for it!
Olivia, Fr. J, and Mark Hart discuss why God wouldn’t talk back.