November 17, 2006

2006 Youth Supplement

Council seeks to inspire youths to grow in faith

By Andrew Zabel (Special to The Criterion)

Once a year, the Archdiocesan Youth Council provides a Youth Supplement to The Criterion to inform the readers about what we, the youth, have been doing. We try to tell you about events such as the Consumed retreat, the Archdiocesan Youth Rally, National Catholic Youth Conference, World Youth Day and mission trips, such as the one to Biloxi, Miss.

We also try to talk about faith and love for the Church from a teen’s perspective. If we can show the radical love that the youth of the archdiocese have for the faith, maybe we will inspire others, too.

Our ultimate goal as a council is to share our faith through evangelization, and if we can influence just one person’s growth in faith we have done our job.

The Youth Council is made up of representatives from deaneries in the archdiocese. These youth feel as if Christ has called them to develop their leadership gifts, to share these gifts with the Church and to evangelize by encouraging other youth to become more active in their faith.

The council helps organize and sometimes even present archdiocesan events, especially the youth rally. Each and every person on the council, through the application process, has expressed an interest to serve and grow in their Catholic faith.

The supplement is packed with articles on topics such as apologetics, faith outside of Mass, the canonization of St. Theodora Guérin—which is awesome—mission trips and vocations. The articles are great, the pictures are grand and, as always, Jesus Christ is the reason for it all. Make sure you read the rest of the supplement!

If you or someone you know would like to apply to serve on the Archdiocesan Youth Council, assuming you are a high school student, you may do so by contacting the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministries at 317-236-1477 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1477, or simply ask the youth minister at your parish for the required materials.

(Andrew Zabel is a member of SS. Francis and Clare Parish in Greenwood.) †

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