October 15, 2006

Youth celebration at the Woods

By Katie Berger

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Youth at the WoodsSt. Mary of the Woods played host to a second mass at 4 p.m, this time for the youth of the archdiocese.  Three hundred youth, parents, and families arrived in the early afternoon for tours of the grounds to learn about different parts of the life of St. Theodora.  One of the highlights for most was the opportunity to see the remains of the saint which had brought up and placed to the left of the sanctuary. 

The Mass involved a number of youth from different parts of the archdiocese.  Representatives from each of the eleven deaneries processed in with banners and members of the Archdiocesan Youth Council assisted in the liturgy as readers, extraordinary ministers of holy communion and gift bears.  During his homily, Father Meyer told the youth that St. Theodora was a woman of "pep."  Pep, he said, stood for providence, evangelization, and perseverance.  He encouraged them to make this an example of how to live their lives. 

It was a great sight to see the many young people together for this event.  I can imagine that St. Theodora, the educator, would have been thrilled to see these young Catholic students from all over the archdiocese gathered today in faith. I would say it is evidence of the success of her great efforts in Catholic education in Indiana. 

Posted by Katie Berger at 11:01 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2006


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