Known by many titles, she is celebrated and honored by
Catholics all over the world, and has inspired countless
works of art. Now, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been
depicted in a new, artistic, somewhat playful but clearly
reverential (and colorful) book of prayers.
Archbishop Mahony Invites Adults and Youth to Congress
Archbishop Roger Mahony has
assured participants in the Religious Education Congress
Feb. 13‑16 "of my special prayers that this year's
Congress may bear much spiritual fruit, among us."
"We are all bound in the
unity of faith and the Holy Spirit.," wrote the
"The Religious Education
Congress is always a joyful celebration of that oneness.
This Congress is especially exciting for me, because,
for the first time, I will be participating with you as
the new Archbishop of Los Angeles.
"WITH AN OPEN
heart, I welcome the people of God who gather for this
event. These are, indeed, blessed days of grace, in
which we will grow in our lives with God and with each
other," wrote Archbishop Mahony.
"Our theme this year,
`The Word Is in Your Heart,' is a challenge to all of us
to be rooted in scripture and to be people of deep
prayer. Indeed, this is the call for all who are
involved in catechetical ministry. Let. us approach the
fountain of living water and be renewed again in this
Spirit," he wrote.
The new archbishop has
spoken to the Congress in years past.
He addressed the 1985
Congress while serving as bishop of Stockton. In that
talk he explained the National Conference of Catholic
Bishops' pastoral letter on war and nuclear weapons.
will concelebrate Mass Thursday, Feb. 13, at Youth Day.
The event annually attracts more than 10,000 high school
"Youth Day again offers a
unique opportunity for youth to come together to
celebrate and to participate in exciting and challenging
workshops in English and Spanish. Many excellent,
speakers and musicians will share their talents and
insights," said Sister Edith Prendergast, associate
director of the archdiocesan office of religious
SPEAKERS AT Youth
Day will include Jim Burns on "The Private Life of the
American Teenager"; St. Mary Carlann, S.N.D. of St.
Matthias High School, Huntington Park, on "Reflections
on Christian Sexuality"; Teri DeSario on "Dealing with
Peer Pressure"; Fr. Michael Harris, principal of Mater
Dei High School, on forgiveness; and Fr. Tom Weston, S.J.
on drugs and alcohol.
Other Youth Day speakers
include Fr. Liam Kidney, principal of St. Bernard High
School, on youth's struggle for love and acceptance; Fr.
Don Kimball on music and Dr. Ernest Smith on parent-teen
"IN A SPIRIT of joy and
anticipation, you are invited to be a part, of Youth
Day," said Sister Edith.
Youth Day begins at 8:30
a.m. with music in the arena of the Anaheim Convention
Center. There is an opening session at 9 a.m., workshops
at 9:45 a.m., and Mass at 11 a.m. Workshops resume at
1:30 p.m. There is a closing rally at 2:45 p.m.
Copyright 2000 The Tidings --
February 7, 1986
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