YOUTH DAY 2011 SCHEDULE
Religious Education Congress
March 17, 2011 (Youth Day)
8:30 AM – OPENING EVENTSYouth Day Youth Day begins with two concurrent Opening Events. In the Arena we will have the inspirational music of Pedro Rubalcava and Jesse Manibusan empowering us to share God’s message. Our second Opening Event will take place in Hall B as we welcome Jacob and Matthew to offer music to get us going. Young people from across the archdiocese will be on hand to lead us in prayer and help us begin our day.
9:45 AM – MORNING WORKSHOPS
Immediately following our Opening Events, participants will be able to attend one of the 14 workshops (listed on the following pages) that will inspire and challenge them in new ways! We suggest that you share the list of speakers with your young people and allow them to choose (in groups of up to 10 with a chaperone) those topics that interest them. PLEASE note that all workshops are repeated for both sessions EXCEPT the workshops in the Arena and Hall B.
11:00 AM – EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES
Our day continues with Spirit-fi lled Liturgies in three different locations.Archbishop José Gomez will be celebrating with us in the Arena, with music provided by youth from across the archdiocese and beyond, under the direction of Ed Archer of St. Monica Church in Santa Monica. Our second liturgy will take place in Hall B and will feature presider Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS, from St. Agnes Church in Los Angeles and the music of Jacob and Matthew. We also welcome Fr. Ken Deasy from St. Brendan Church in Los Angeles as presider for the Grand Ballroom Liturgy (on the third floor).
12:15 PM – LUNCH
Following our Eucharistic celebrations we invite your group to enjoy lunch and spend time with old and new friends.
1:30 PM – AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
The workshops in the afternoon are a second chance to hear some of the best speakers from across the nation. Most of these are repeated workshops from the morning session (except the ones in the Arena and Hall B).
2:45 PM – CLOSING RALLIES
Youth Day 2011 ends with two energetic Closing Rallies, one taking place in the Arena and one being held in Hall B. These powerful events help us to close our day with music, inspirational stories and prayer – all offered by speakers and artists from our day, as well as young people from across the archdiocese. Come be renewed in your faith journey as we are dismissed to return to our parish and school communities.
3:30 PM – YOUTH DAY CLOSING
Our day will end at 3:30 pm with dismissal!
YOUTH DAY 2011 WORKSHOPS
Religious Education Congress
NOTE: All Morning Workshops are repeated in the Afternoon Session (except where noted).
A - HAVING A SOLID PRAYER LIFE
Prayer is conversation with God. Bet you never heard that before, right? Let’s get past the labels and take a look at what prayer is. How do I connect with God? How can I hear a God that I can’t see? Is it ok that I get bored during prayer? Here’s the great news – God is always ready to hear us, no matter how we pray. Come and learn how prayer can help us keep connected to God, so that we are always walking with the One who loves us, and understands us better than anyone we have ever known. (Hall B Morning Only)
Steve Angrisano is recognized as one of the most dynamic and effective communicators with Catholic youth in the country. He is a popular choice for missions, concerts, workshops and youth events, and has been featured at major youth events nationally and internationally, including four World Youth Days, fi ve National Catholic Youth Conferences and numerous L.A. Congress Youth Days. His CDs include “Inescapable Love” and he has a book titled “Live: Essential Songs for Youth Ministry.”
B - “WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY” (1 SPIDER-MAN 35:44)
Wouldn’t it be great to have super powers like Spider-Man? And we do. We’re blessed with abilities that make us uniquely who God wants us to be. But it doesn’t stop there! We’re called to use those gifts to serve and lead others in the Way of Christ. Leadership is a gift, and just as it says in the Gospels: “To whom much has been given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48).
Stan Cordero has nearly 25 years of youth ministry experience at the parish, Catholic school and diocesan levels. He has served as Director of Youth Ministry for the San Francisco Archdiocese and is currently Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif. He is an adjunct staff member for the Center for Ministry Development, and has been a workshop presenter at national and diocesan youth conferences.
Greg Walton is a seasoned catechist, retreat and workshop leader, pastoral musician and performer. He is founder and Director of JesusGlue Ministries, based in Nashville, Tenn., and Youth Minister for Church of the Nativity Catholic Parish in Spring Hill, Tenn. As a recording artist, Walton has released four CDs and has received numerous industry awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year presented by the United Catholic Music and Video Association. He is also a composer and artist with OCP/spiritandsong. com.
C - THE ULTIMATE “ROCK ’N’ TALK” – OVERCOMING OBSTACLES & ACHIEVING GOALS AND DREAMS
Making any dream a reality can happen, no matter how big – it’s all up to the individual. Come join Dr.Iven, a high-energy rock band, and experience their unique live music and motivational speaking workshop. Dr.Iven will share anecdotes on the importance of focus, self-confi dence, trust and drive – attributes that allow us to break through roadblocks so that we can succeed. If you believe it, you can achieve it! This unique “Rock ’n’ Talk” workshop will both enlighten and entertain. A combo plate of music and motivation … it’s just what the Dr. ordered!
Dr.Iven fronted by composer/vocalist/pianist Domenico Pilato and lyricist/ drummer Gino Di Leva, performs for thousands of teenagers and adults each year at specialized tours for high schools, colleges and various musical establishments throughout the United States. The band has also presented marketing workshops at corporate, federal, state and local business conferences. Dr.Iven performed at the 2010 L.A. Religious Education Congress and is looking forward to its fi rst Youth Day appearance.
D - RELATIONSHIPS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY
This is an interactive workshop, so come prepared to share! Participants will explore relationship issues with peers, both in friendship situations and in dating relationships.
Dr. Carole Goodwin
Dr. Carole Goodwin has spent the last 15 years in diocesan leadership. She is presently Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky. She recently completed four years as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Dr. Goodwin has taught all age groups, from grade school through graduate school, and has been a Director of Religious Education or Youth Minister in multiple parishes. She has presented in many dioceses across the United States and Trinidad, and is a returning Youth Day speaker. ValLimar Jansen
E - LITURGY: PRAY IT! LOVE IT! LIVE IT!
Active participation in the Mass can be uplifting and even fun – bringing us moments of bliss, reverence, joy and great passion. Come experience how prayer, story, music, movement and encountering the “Transforming Christ” can be something you will love to do!
ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, composer and recording artist. She has served as a college/university professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States and abroad. In 2007 she performed at Agora papal event in Loreto, Italy, for over 300,000 people. Jansen was recently nominated for a 2010 Unity Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and selected to serve as the fi rst solo female MC of the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference.
H - FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS
Is it really possible for an ordinary person like me to fi nd God in all things? And I do mean all things! The answer is yes. Is it easy? No. Is it possible? With God, all things are possible. (Arena Morning Only)
Judy McDonald, a professional “Catholic Comedian” for the last 17 years, is in great demand at parishes and conferences across the county and internationally. She previously was a Youth Minister in the San Diego Diocese and a Residential Minister at the University of San Diego. For the past seven years, she has traveled full time in her ministry, performing shows for military bases in Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Parishes in Ireland, Croatia, Scotland and across the United States. Joe Melendrez
K - HIP HOP PRAYER: THE REVOLUTION
Enjoy the noise of HiP HoP prayer lead by Christian rap artist Joe Melendrez, creator of “Rosary Rap.” Engage in a strong musical connection that brings everyone to internal refl ection. Embrace your faith with new ways to pray and stand fi rm in your purpose to be great! Empower your heart to rise into a Christ-centered way of life, not afraid to take fl ight. Express yourself with an outlook that helps others feel loved with a positive buzz. Enter into move, groove and rap with Joe and special guests: the Holy Spirit, Jesus and Our Lady! (Hall B Afternoon Only)
Joe Melendrez is Pastoral Associate/Religion Teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory for both the middle school and high school campuses in Southern California. The Christian hip-hop artist has spoken to confi rmation and retreat groups, Rotary clubs, as well as presented at Theology on Tap, at SCRC and has appeared on the Sirus radio show “Busted Halo.” Melendrez’ debut album “Rosary Rap” has been followed by his current release, “SERENITY NOW MiXTAPE!”
M - WHAT’S SOCIAL JUSTICE TO ME?
Using music, video and story sharing, this workshop invites us to consider: 1) how Catholic social justice principles are basic demands of Gospel living; 2) the stories of those living in situations of injustice; 3) how we at the local level can do something more than just charity; 4) that by working together as church and local community along with national networking we can bring light, truth and justice to our world. The dignity of each person and the Gospel texts of Matthew 5 and 25 will be the biblical focus. We will use Disney and the parables of Jesus to illustrate an inclusive way of answering the question: What’s social justice to me?
Fr. Chris Ponnet
Fr. Chris Ponnet is Pastor of St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Los Angeles and serves as a Board-certifi ed Chaplain at the adjacent LAC+USC Medical Center. Born and raised in Temple City, Calif., he is also Southern California Regional Director for Pax Christi USA. Fr. Ponnet is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He is a frequent speaker at national meetings on those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
L - THINK GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY! ACT GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY! LIVE IN LOVE AND UNITY!
Our God invites us to live in right relationship with each other … as one human family! Honestly admitting and living that reality is more challenging than what we may perceive. Join staff from Catholic Relief Services in exploring God’s call to live and love as one world. Explore ways we can truly serve each other at home and around the world. Meet and listen to Thomas Awiapo as he shares his story of survival and success while growing up in Ghana, West Africa. Through his presence and personal story of hunger and hope, Thomas brings to life God’s invitation to live as one human family.
Ted Miles, a Baltimore native, has worked in parish ministry, Catholic high school education and archdiocesan leadership development, after serving two years in Central America 20 years ago. Since 2005, he has worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as the Relationship Manager for Religious Education and coordinator of the agency’s youth outreach in the United States. Miles has presented at numerous regional and national conferences.
Thomas Awiapo, orphaned by the age of 10, survived poverty and hunger in his small African village. His search for food led him to school at age 12 where he eventually won scholarships to attend college and later earned a master’s degree from California State University, Hayward. Awiapo is currently the Global Solidarity Coordinator with Catholic Relief Services, Ghana, West Africa, where he participates in speaking tours and hosting delegations.
P - HOW TO SHARE CHRIST WITHOUT FREAKING OUT
Do you ever get the urge to get a tattoo of the pope on your neck? No? How about a tattoo of Our Lady on your forehead? So do we (not really)! For those of us who want to be proud to live out our faith without looking crazy – come get some insights into how to share Christ and faith with friends, family and your community. God made you who you are, and you rock; come discuss how through our individuality we show off God’s diversity. No drama and nothing to freak out about, just you sharing with the world exactly who you are – a disciple of Christ, created by God.
Popple – Dan Harms and Kyle Heimann – has traveled for over fi ve years sharing their unique “acoustic humor rock” music and passion for faith through speaking and performing for youth and young adult audiences. From the awkwardness of adolescence to their vocations as husbands and fathers, Popple illuminates the comedy and importance of faith in everyday life. The nationally touring speakers and performers have produced CDs that include “Hip Hip Hooray,” “ Simple Prayer” and “Plaid.”
S - YOUR LIFE! YOUR CHOICE! PRACTICAL STEPS TO THE REAL YOU
God tells us in Scripture, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare, not for woe; a future full of hope.” Yet many believe that God only wants to put limits on us. We were not created to suffer, but to “have life and have it abundantly.” That is Good News! Come, discover how a simple change in attitude and a couple of practical steps can translate into a world of difference in our lives.
Cooper Ray is a speaker and musician who has presented to youth and adults at diocesan, parish and school events across the country. He has been traveling as a motivational speaker and retreat facilitator for the past 12 years, and has been a part of youth ministry for over 15 years, responsible for teen and adult youth ministry training in his former job as Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, La. Ray also has a music CD titled “Wake the Dawn.”
T - SHUT UP & JUST LISTEN: JESUS HAS SOMETHING TO SAY!
Alex Trebek, host of TV’s “Jeopardy,” once said, “It’s very important in life to know when to shut up!” But, unfortunately, people don’t know when that is! God indeed has a lot that he wants to tell us. But fi rst, we have to be willing to tune our ears to the voice of God. We have to be ready to listen because God has some really cool things that He wants us to know. This fun-fi lled workshop will focus on what it means to discern the will of God in our everyday lives. It is designed to uplift your soul and increase your joy as a true disciple of the Lord. Sometimes the best disciples are the ones who know how to “shut up and just listen!” (Arena Afternoon Only)
Rev. R. Tony Ricard, MTh, MDiv
Fr. Tony Ricard is a priest of the New Orleans Archdiocese and serves as Pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in New Orleans, as Director of KnightTime Ministries, and as Chief Editor for Two Knights Publishing Co. Fr. Ricard is author of “I Still Believe,” “Don’t Be Stupid! Lessons You Should Already Know” and “I Don’t Make Them Up! Reflections Stories and Jokes from a Faithful Fool.”
X - SELF-ESTEEM: MORE THAN JUST LOVING MYSELF
Many people experience times of shaky self-esteem; some have difficulty establishing a positive self-image in the fi rst place. We all have times when we have trouble feeling acceptable, lovable, worthy and capable of getting the “good stuff’ of life. This session invites young people to name the ways they are unique. It also analyzes the negative messages we get from the media and culture while asking the participants to create new ways of valuing themselves, their experience, and their gifts.
Marilyn Santos has worked for nine years in parish youth ministry and taught in the New York Archdiocese for 10 years at the elementary and middle school levels. Santos is presently Director of Youth Ministry/Pastoral Juvenil and Inculturation Ministry for the Atlanta Archdiocese. She also serves as President of La Red, the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.
Z - PRAYING WITH MY HEADPHONES
God is so concerned about what is going on in your life. Stay connected with your prayer life through the music you listen to every day. This workshop will help you deepen your prayer life in ways you have never imagined. Discover how your music can help you on your journey as a person of faith.
Anna Scally, President of Cornerstone Media Inc., is a columnist for their Top Music Countdown online resource and also hosts their audio show, “Burning Issues.” Her work has appeared in several journals and popular publications, and she has been a presenter at all the major conferences for religious educators in North America. Scally has been Master of Ceremonies at World Youth Days in Denver, Toronto, Germany and Sydney, Australia, earning her the title, “The Pope’s DJ.”
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