YOUTH DAY 2012 SCHEDULE
Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
March 22, 2012 (Youth Day)
Over the past years the greatest concern expressed by coordinators attending Youth Day is that often participants are unable to get into the Arena for events or workshops – even if they are holding tickets. Starting with Youth Day 2012 we will be running two separate tracks that allows everyone to experience an Arena rally, an Arena workshop, and an Arena liturgy. Everyone will experience the same Arena workshop speaker, and your group then gets to choose a speaker for your other workshop.
YOUTH DAY 2012 WORKSHOPS
Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
March 22, 2012 (Youth Day)
Arena session - “SYNC-TIFICATION”
Phones and MP3 players rock! Texts, voice mail, music, apps: You can “trip out” your device ... but unless it’s charged and sync-ed … it doesn’t do a lotta good. Be ready to be “called out” to charge yourself up and then to share and blare your playlist to the world!
“Faith horticulturist” Mike Patin has worked in youth ministry since 1984, spending six years as a high school teacher and coach before working for the CYO/Youth Ministry Offi ce for the New Orleans Archdiocese. He was also on the adjunct faculty at the Notre Dame School of Theology Seminary in New Orleans for two years. Since 2003, the Lafayette, La., resident has been speaking full time to young people and adults on issues of Catholic faith. His book is titled “A Standing Invitation.”
A - BE A WITNESS! SHARING CHRIST WITH OTHERS
Sharing your faith does not mean you need to stand in the hall of your school handing out pamphlets about Jesus! It means letting God be a part of your life in everyday ways. It means being comfortable with your faith and letting your actions speak louder than your words. Hey … light travels faster than sound! Come learn the answers to the questions we are most often asked about our faith and come see how we are all called to be disciples in how we live, so that Christ can be seen … in us!
Steve Angrisano is a musician, inspirational speaker and workshop presenter. He has been featured at major youth events nationally and internationally, including four World Youth Days, five National Catholic Youth Conferences and numerous L.A. Congress Youth Days. Angrisano lives in Coppell, Texas. His works include a CD called “Inescapable Love” and a book titled “Live: Essential Songs for Youth Ministry.”
B - KEEPIN’ UR HUSTLE HOLY
In this workshop participants will look at who God made them to be and how the world does its best to deter us from reaching our God-given purpose. We will look at why we have problems and what we are supposed to learn from them. Come and get a blessing!
Ansel J. Augustine, MPS
Ansel Augustine is Associate Director and Coordinator of Black Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Catholic Youth Organization Office of the New Orleans Archdiocese. He also serves on the faculty for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in Louisiana and with their Campus Ministry, where he previously worked. Augustine has also published several articles related to ministry and has keynoted and presented workshops at various youth rallies and conferences around the country. He was MC and hosted the 2010 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in New Orleans.
C - HOLDING ON TO REAL HOPE
The definition of the word “hope” is to “cherish a desire with deep anticipation.” Because Renée Bondi has been a quadriplegic for over 20 years, imagine how she would love to have full use of her body again! Renée shares her mental battle of fully accepting her paralysis and how she has come to trust the God that allowed her injury to occur.
Recording artist and inspirational speaker, Renée Bondi travels throughout the United States singing and speaking for conferences, churches, retreats, youth rallies and corporate events. She has appeared as a guest on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” and on St. Joseph Radio. Bondi has been keynote at the National Catholic Youth Conference and special guest for many adult formation programs, sharing her life story before and after her accident.
D - ROMANCE WITHOUT REGRET
Looking for straight answers to tough questions on dating, sexuality and relationships? Jason and Crystalina Evert offer a blunt, humorous and powerful case for the virtue of chastity. While abstinence is merely the absence of sex, chastity frees a couple to love, bringing them closer to one another and offering them romance without the regrets. Through their captivating testimonies, Jason and Crystalina show that purity is possible, regardless of the past.
Crystalina & Jason Evert
After years of giving chastity presentations solo, Jason Evert teamed up with Crystalina Padilla. After their year of speaking as an engaged couple, they married in 2003. Since then, they have spoken to more than 1 million teens in Catholic, Christian and public high schools and universities around the world. Together, the Everts have authored over 12 books, including “How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul.” They have made numerous radio and TV appearances, have hosted a pair of TV series for teens on EWTN, and have been awarded for their work with teens in America.
E - “I PRAISE YOU, FOR I AM WONDERFULLY MADE”
If you’ve ever thought you’re not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or (blank) enough, this workshop is for you! God does not make junk but has created you with every gift and talent you need to serve Him and others! Dubbing herself the original “Ugly Betty,” Noelle Garcia will share her own self-esteem struggles as a teen, through depression, cutting and thoughts of suicide. She will share how she came to know the Lord loved her just the way she is, and to praise Him for she is “wonderfully made!”
Noelle Garcia is a Catholic recording artist with World Library Publications. She was featured on CNN’s “Latino in America” and EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” programs sharing her inspirational testimony and Gospel message of love and hope for teens and young adults. Garia currently works in the Diocese of Lansing, Mich., as a Director of Music, and travels throughout the country speaking and performing “wherever God calls”! She lives in Michigan with her husband, fellow youth and music minister, David McHugh.
H - PRAYER ISN'T BORING, YOU ARE ... HAHA!
So many people complain about how boring church is, Mass is, and praying is … when in reality those people haven’t experienced the goodness of the One they pray to: God! In this workshop, Paul Kim uses his captivating speaking abilities, humor and music (beatboxing), to show that prayer isn’t just for the elderly, but for anyone with a heart that longs for more!
Paul J. Kim
Paul Kim formerly served as youth minister, missionary and counselor. Today, he is a nationally known youth speaker and musician who presents regularly at Catholic youth and young adult events throughout the country, including the Steubenville Youth Conferences in Ohio; Catholic Underground events; and the Sacramento Young Adult Conference and San Jose Diocesan Youth Retreat in California. In 2010, Kim released his first CD entitled “Run Fly Fall.”
K - FORGIVENESS: DISARMING THE HEART
Forgive and forget – not likely! Forgive 7 x 70 times (Jesus) – are you kidding? Forgiveness sounds great until we have been hurt by someone – and we have all been hurt by someone in some way. But unless we learn to disarm our hearts, we will be trapped by past pains. This workshop will describe a way to disarm, forgive and move on in a healthy way.
Robert J. McCarty, DMin
Bob McCarty is Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, based in Washington, D.C. He has been in youth ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, community and diocesan settings. Bob is an author with several books, and provides training in ministry skills and issues internationally. He also serves as a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, Md.
Maggie McCarty, DMin
Based in Maryland, Dr. Maggie McCarty is Executive Director for the USA-Toronto Region of the Christian Brothers Conference. She has worked with youth and youth ministry for three decades and has experience at the parish, diocesan and national levels. Maggie teaches courses in youth ministry at several universities and does training and retreat work internationally. She also is a youth ministry volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, Md.
M - MY CATHOLIC LIFE
What does a day in the life of a Catholic teen look like? How does a young person live their Catholic faith in the world today? Come learn and laugh!
Judy McDonald has been a professional comedienne for 17 years; for the past seven years her full-time traveling ministry has included shows for military bases in Germany, Italy, Belgium and parishes in Ireland, Croatia, Scotland and across the United States. McDonald is a former youth minister in the San Diego Diocese and former residential minister at the University of San Diego.
P - FOOD IS LOVE: WHAT ALL TEENS ARE HUNGERING FOR
Fr. Leo Patalinghug, the popular host of the international Grace Before Meals movement, offers deep spiritual guidance and encouragement for people of all ages as he invites families back to the dinner table … with good food! In our modern world, families are being pulled apart from the Lord’s Table and from their dining room table. Jesus shows us the way to win this “food fight” is to feed our families with love – what we all crave! Join this inspiring, funny and theologically profound talk with the winner of the “Steak Fajita Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on Food Network to learn more about Fr. Leo’s movement.
Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Fr. Leo Patalinghug, a priest of the Baltimore Archdiocese, is a professor at Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary in Maryland, where he is also Chair of Pastoral Theology. Fr. Patalinghug is an internationally known conference speaker and popular TV and radio personality has appeared on ABC, EWTN, CBS and even The Food Network, as he hosts the movement, “Grace Before Meals.” He is author of the book “Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspirations for Family Meals and Family Life.”
S - SOCIAL JUSTICE: RESPECTING ALL LIFE
In this workshop, we will link the Gospel parables of Jesus with today’s “parables” that reflect a respect for life: abortion, health care, immigration, the environment, and war. Fr. Chris Ponnet will use the Bible, the Catechism, social justice teaching, music, media and resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pax Christi USA. The Pax Christi group from Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif., will help illustrate these life justice issues through today’s “parable” stories. You’ll walk away with concrete action plans and resources to implement in your school or parish to link all respect life issues.
Fr. Chris Ponnet
For over 25 years, Fr. Chris Ponnet, ordained for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, has been involved in AIDS ministry and has spoken about consistent life ethics and the death penalty at Pax Christi Peace and Justice Conferences and at the L.A. Congress and at the regional congresses. Fr. Ponnet is Director for the Office of Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry and Pastor at St. Camillus Center for Pastoral Care in Los Angeles. He is a board-certified Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.
T - IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Jesus kidding when he said, “Love your neighbor as yourself”? We think not! Based on Greg Walton’s Top 20 Christian radio single, “Tune of Ignorance,” this workshop takes Jesus’ second greatest commandment seriously. Come dive into the wisdom of the seven points of Catholic social teaching and find tools to answer the tricky questions surrounding injustice. Explore the corporal works of mercy and learn their integral role in every Christian’s personal mission!
Greg Walton is a seasoned catechist, retreat and workshop leader, pastoral musician and performer. He is founder and Director of Jesus Glue 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. He is also a composer and artist with OCP/spiritandsong.com.
X - SAFETY IN CYBERSPACE
This interactive workshop for youth covers a range of topics including Internet safety and the perils of video games, social networking sites, “sexting,” geo-tagging and cyber bullying. Today, youth can connect with almost anyone from almost anywhere – from a home computer, a friend’s computer, libraries, schools, PDAs, BlackBerrys, iPhones and cell phones. Internet-enabled video game systems allow them to contact and compete against and chat with players around the world. This workshop will help youth better understand and navigate this strange new world with strategies to help them benefit from web resources while avoiding the many risks.
Tracy Webb is a Senior Trial Attorney and heads the Cyber Crime and Child Abuse Prevention Division at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. She has spent a large part of her career prosecuting physical, sexual, exploitation and technologically facilitated crimes against children. Webb is currently an active member of the Federal Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and co-chair of the Los Angeles County Cyber Crime Task Force. She is a frequent speaker locally and nationally, and is an Emmy award-winning producer of a documentary film on gang violence.
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