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UPCOMING 2016 EVENTS AND INITIATIVES
Fr. Rob Galea, an ordained priest presently serving in Australia, is also a singer and songwriter. Fr Rob’s passion is to draw others to the heart of God. He believes that music is an important instrument in helping people understanding the need for intimacy with God.
Fr. Rob will be featured at our Mercy Lived event to be hosted at Holy Trinity Parish in Woodstock on Friday, November 25. Please feel free to print and display the attached poster. Contact Claire Bondy at cbondy@dol, 519.433.0658 x264 for information or tickets.
Build Your Kingdom Here Fall Retreat
This overnight retreat is for all High School students as a follow up for CCLC, however you can join us for this retreat even if you haven't been to camp!
Friday, Oct 28 (7:00 pm) to Saturday, Oct. 29 (8:00 pm)
Kenesserie Camp, Ridgetown, ON
Catholic Christian Leadership Camp
For more details regarding camp, including dates and locations please visit cclcamp.ca
STEP TWO: CCLC 2016 Registration - complete online
STEP THREE: CCLC 2016 Parent/Guardian Consent Form & Liability Waiver
CCLC 2016 Personal Health Form (H1)
REACH day camps provide families with elementary school aged children a cost effective Catholic camp experience through engaging, fun activities designed to foster friendships and build self confidence. The REACH program ensures that campers engage in activities suitable to their grade level, whether it be sports, the arts, or other small group activities. REACH will be offered at three different locations across the Diocese this summer (see below)
REACHsport day camps provide an opportunity for learning faith based leadership skills through sport while also developing the physical and intellectual sense of self. Campers experience a variety of sports offered throughout the week and gradually learn more advanced skills each day while also being coached by distinguished guest athletes and partaking in the celebration of mass. REACHsport will be offered at two locations across the Diocese this summer (see below).
London: July 11-15
For more information contact Mike McPherson at email@example.com
Sarnia: July 18-22
Windsor: August 8-12
For more information contact Christine Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVING STONES - A Soul'd Out Initiative
In solidarity with the Year of Mercy the 2016 Living Stones Project invites Grade 8 students across the Diocese of London to engage in and reflect upon the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy. Students will then compose a creative response exemplifying one of the Works of Mercy. Every participant will be acknowldged and submissions of excellence will be honoured. In addition parishes are encouraged to showcase projects in the parish communities.
Parish, school and student packages will be available in January.
Winning submission are featured at londonlivingstones.weebly.com
GR8FESTIVAL - A Soul'd Out Initiative
Plans are underway for our 2016 FR8Festival scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Once again we will gather in the the Sarnia Region and spend the day engaging in Leadership and Faith building activities, mass with Bishop Fabbro and Bishop Dabrowski and a concluding experience you won't soon forget. Parishes and schools that wish to participate MUST pre-register by clicking on the link below by Friday, January 15, 2016. All those who pre-register will recieve further updates and individual and group registration information.
Pre-Registration/Intent to Register HERE
Mass of Chrism Retreat
Monday March 21st, 2016 12:30pm-The Diocese of London Youth Ministry Outreach Team invites all Secondary and Post Secondary students to join us at the Mass of Chrism Retreat Day. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will be leading students in a time of reflection and prayer, exploring the readings of Holy Week and immerse them in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Retreat will run from 1-4pm, with dinner at 5pm at Mary Immaculate Parish. The day will conclude by joining Bishop Fabbro and the Diocesan Family at St. Peter's Cathedral for the Celebration of the Mass of Chrism at 7:00pm.
World Meeting of Families 2015
This event is held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family. It is the world's largest Catholic gathering of families. This year's theme is "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Full Alive". Join us for a pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, September 21-25, 2015. We are eagerly awaiting information for home billeting options for this pilgrimage.
Steubenville Toronto - August 7-9, 2015
Steubenville is Canada's largest Catholic Youth Conference. For more information go to steubenvilletoronto.com.
Mass of Chrism Day of Recollection
Monday, March 30th, 2015 12:30pm - Annual retreat for secondary and post-secondary aged students. Students are invited to an afternoon at Mary Immaculate parish in London in preparation for the Triduum. Two Nashville Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia have been invited to lead the student’s time together reflecting on the readings of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. Dinner will be served at 5PM. The group will travel to St. Peter's Cathedral for the Mass of Chrism at 7PM.
Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth
Building strong families from the ground up: all across North America Church leadership is asking for effective ways to engage parents in the life and mission of the parish as well as seeking ways to help them take ownership as the primary leader of faith within their families. We invite you to consider a dynamic grassroots process designed to reach out to parents in a way that empowers and challenges them to form Strong Catholic Families.
NET Ministries (National Evangelization Team) 2014 – 2015
NET Teams travel the country going from diocese to diocese, church to church, school to school leading day-long Catholic retreats called Encounter Days, Family retreats, weekend retreats, Youth Rallies and Musicians Training. In a culture where many youth are ignorant to or confused about Jesus Christ, NET's Encounter Ministry is powerful because of the simple and straightforward Gospel witness of the team members themselves. They take the time to get to know and listen to each young person on retreat, sharing the reality of God's love and His mercy.
Since 2009 we have expanded NET Ministries within the Diocese from one week to five weeks.
NET will be welcomed back for up to six weeks in 2014 – 2015. Availability is established by the NET National Office and will be promoted via Parish Briefings in May. At that time parishes and schools will be invited to submit their preferred dates. Demand for NET retreats has grown to a point where there are now more requests than Team availability. When requesting dates this coming spring please note that the DLYMO will invite each parish or school to request a maximum of two dates for the year. Those parishes which have not received a team in the last year or did not receive their preferred dates will be given priority in the 2014-2015 schedule. Occasionally the NET National Office makes dates available outside of their scheduled visits. When this happens the NET Teams are offered to communities on the waiting list. (Costs are between $550 and $750 depending upon numbers of participants).
Below are a few of the many quotes from youth who have experienced a NET Ministries retreat:
"Believing is one thing, but knowing and seeing is another. I believe that the NET team showed me the best possible description of Christ and Christianity. The faith everyone on the team has is amazing to see and it has inspired me to believe in God more." - Gr 8 student
"Now I can go home and be the daughter of God that I know I am. Loved and cherished. Thank you, NET!" - Gr 12 student
“I think the entire retreat was really fun. I really liked the leaders, they were all really nice and fun and relatable. The games were fun and exciting too. This entire retreat made me realize that what I was missing in my life is God! I honestly want to have a closer relationship with Him, and fill what is empty in my life with Him. Thank you!” - Gr 11 student
GR8OUTREACH Tool Kit- A Soul'd Out Initiative
Resources for Teens
Resources for Parents
Resources for Families