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Hi, so my name is Liz ! I'm 14 and I am Byzantine Cattholic which is just like Roman Catholic except it's a different rite. I noticed that lots of other ereligous grouaps have communities like this so I was really excited when I stumbled upon this community for teens of my faith. Hopefully I will get to know you all. This is coool because I don't know many catholics my age and there anren't alot of teenagers in my church.

zPlease comment say hi and introduce yourself!
Osipov-Lections_about_Christianity (video, english): http://www.btscene.com/details/1517433/

New

Hi there I'm new...not that its obvious.

So here's my story.
I was Baptised and raised Christian, well i my mum stopped when i was around 7 she never even tried to go to church after, she was raised catholic and i have always found catholisism to be more my thing.
well when i got into my early teens i basicly had already lost all faith i had in god, my father was raping me we were poor my grandfather was in poor health, but one night i prayed for the first time in years. my mother left my father and we moved. since moving at the age of fourteen. (Im sixteen now)
I've found things about myself i didnt like, i stopped eating i couldnt control my anger anymore.
This year i was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for those of you who dont know.
It means i go from being extremly happy to extremly down, ive tried to kill myself countless of times.
I finally lost it myself my friends, I needed something to turn to, Im joining our Catholic church her in FOrt St John, Im going for the first time on sunday. wish me luck

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New Kid In Town

Hi Everyone!
I thought I would say hello. I just joined this community and I'm also new to livejournal. I'm very involved in the youth ministry at my church. This past summer I had an amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to Honduras, and I'm now fundraising for my trip for next summer which is to World Youth Day in Australia. Has anybody here been to a World Youth Day? I'm sooo excited. This is probably my second pilgrimage in two years, my first was to Jerusalem. 

So yeah, I'd love to meet some new friends on here. We can share stories about where we've seen God in our lives.  *smiles*

God Bless you all!
 

=]

Hi! I'm new to this community as well as "new" Catholic. Well, actually I was raised Catholic, but for the past two years I have drifted from my faith and lost God and made some mistakes in the process. However, I've been doing a lot of reflection and self evaluation lately and I've realized how much I need Christ in my life. I feel like in today's world its so hard to keep faith and to keep believing. My recent renewal of my faith has also led me to decide to practice abstinence. This is also a difficult task in today's world, especially when it seems like so many people are so fixated on sex. I don't know...what do you guys think?

New

I'm new to this community. Decided that I'd post, say hi. Hope someone's here...

I will go Lord, if you lead me!

Well yesterday was a really crappy day. I'm not really sure why. What set me off at first was the fact that I had to listen to 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 for the second time this week and about the 4th time this month. For those of you not familiar with the verse it is...

"I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy going or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of instpired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains-but if I have no love, this does me no good.
Love is pateient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or ittitable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.
Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass. For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete-as complete as God's knowledge of me.
Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love."

Now as you can see it is a lovely verse but for whatever reason the thought got me thinking about Valentine's Day and how much I despise the entire holiday. The whole thing led me to a search about St. Valentine and about the History of St. Valentine. After listening to the history I felt sooo much better. I encourage all of you to learn something about the holiday it makes me feel less hatred towards the holiday. So anyways I was also upset with our discussion in Foundations. We got off onto this diversity thing. Someone stated that they didn't see what all the fuss was about when it came to keeping your culture a live. This led to this huge debate which led me to think about how I felt about the situation. I learn more about myself each day and these types of things really do help my growth but sometimes it is just too much to handle. Yesterday, was one of those days it was too much to handle. I couldn't take all the back and forth and I didn't know how I felt about the situation. I took a nap after my classes hoping it would make me feel better but it really didn't. So, there I was all crabby and then I went to Burke to meet with Tanya. Things really turned around after that. We talked about the things that were bothering me and it made me feel a lot better. Also Burke mass made me feel much closer to God. I realized that for some reason I've felt that God is calling me to do something but I'm not sure what he wants me to do. So now I'm in search of the answer. The song that made me feel considerable better yesterday goes like this.

"Here I am Lord, is it I Lord? I have heard you, calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart."

Prayer Request

I don't normally ask for prayer requests but this time I feel like I need to. As you may all know there was recently a bomb plot at Green Bay East High School in the USA. As small as this world is you may not find it surprising that I myself am a graduate from Green Bay East High School and I'm actually attending school only about 15 to 20 minutes away from East High. My little sister and many of my close friends are still students at the school and have to worry all day about the plot. I now ask you to pray for all the students, staff, faculty, friends, and family of East High School. Pray that nothing awful will happen and that all of them will have the chance to live and do the great things that God has intended for them. Also pray that East High students and faculty will be able to soon return to their lives and not live in fear of something awful. That is not all however. Though what these people were thinking about doing was awful I also would like all of you to pray for them too. For in my heart is a longing that they find happiness and find the love of God in their lives. For I believe that God can do great things and that if they found the love of God they would no longer be able to think such awful things. It pains me to know that people are in so much pain that they would think of killing others and themselves.

Finally I want everyone to know that East High School is a wonderful school. Just because one incident happened does not show that all students at that school are awful people. Here in Green Bay East is not looked upon very well and lately other high schools have been seen taunting students at East for recent actions. I want all of you to know that East has wonderful students and staff. Remember that they had a student turn in these boys. That takes a lot of bravery for I'm sure that boy or girl is now living in their house secluded hoping that no one will put them on a list of the next to die. I am so grateful for the student that turned them in because they not only saved some wonderful people they saved my ONLY little sister.

Thank you all for your prayers,
Brittany

New Weekly Post with Goodies!!

Hey everyone... I want to start this new weekly post thing - in attempt to help us all really come close to God and deepen our faith because this community hasn't been that active recently, and I just think it's so nice to have a community of young Catholics. So please, please let me know what you think about this!! If you're reading this, please just reply, even if it's to tell me how rubbish an idea this is! I'm calling it TeenQuest - because we're all on a quest to get to know God and bring others to Him. Right...

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
- today we honour the cross by which Christ redeemed the world (Click here to find out what the New Catholic Dictionary has to say about this feast.)

Scripture for Catholic Teens:
Gospel

Jn 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.


Got any thoughts or reflections on  today's Gospel? What do you think Jesus means? It's a great sign of God's love for us - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son". We're reminded how much God has done for us and why Jesus came down from heaven, and the reason that we can hope for eternal life. Reply to this message with any thoughts you have on this reading, or any of the other readings of the week (this is simply the Gospel of the day I'm writing this message). Read the rest of today's readings here.

Saint of the Week

St. John Bosco (Patron Saint of the Youth)

b. 1815 d: 1888

St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco

Also known as Don Bosco and Giovanni Melchior, John Bosco was born in 1815 to poor parents in the hamlet of Becchi. He was not much older than two when his father died, leaving John and his two brothers to their mother, Margaret Bosco.

John later became a shepherd. However, he showed a readiness to learn, wit and a good memory, which caused him to be favoured by his mother, though not so by his eldest brother who was now head of the family.

In addition to these many talents, John was quite popular amongst the other children. He enjoyed entertaining them not only with jokes and stories but also by teaching them Catholic catechism.

Through a series of dreams, John soon learned that God was guiding him to help poor children such as himself, which he felt he could do as a priest. However, though he was accepted for seminary after school, he found that, due to the poverty of his family, he felt obliged to help out in the fields. Yet, despite the obstacles, his desire to help poor children never left him and, after six years of study, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Franzoni of Turin on the eve of Trinity Sunday.

As a priest, one of his dutues was to accompany Don Cafasso on prison visits in the city. During these visits, he was appalled by the condition of the children confined in these prisons. It was then that he decided to devote his life to the rescue of these children.

Then, one day, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, whilst John was vesting for Mass, a ragged urchin was driven from the church by a sacristan. However, John, hearing the cries of this boy, called him back and a friendship developed. It was this, coupled with the fact that there were many boys who wanted to learn their catechism but were too old and not wanted by the parish groups that caused the beginning of the Oratory of St Francis de Sales, where prayer became a prominant feature. Drawn by a kindess so rarely shown to them, the Oratory soon numbered twenty boys. Four years later, there would be as many as four hundred in attendence.

It soon became apparent that a suitable location for these gatherings was needed. In 1844, when he was appointed assistant chaplain of the Rifugio (the Refuge) where two rooms adjoined to the building were converted into a chapel and dedicated to St Francis de Sales. This became the new place for the members of the Oratory to gather. With many more boys applying for admission, John soon started up night schools where boys working in factories were able to attend, under the instruction of John Bosco and Don Borel.

However, the success of the Oratory at the Rifugio was short-lived. Sadly, many obstacles caused John to give up the rooms. Though he persevered through the difficulties, this soon lead others to label him as insane and there was an attempt to confine him in an asylum. People complained against him and declared his community to be a nuisance due to the character of the boys.

The Oratory soon moved to a variety of locations, among them an open field and a churchyard, until they finally ended up in a shed where seven hundred members came.

John was soon joined by his mother, Margaret - soon known as "Mama Margaret". Margaret gave the last ten years of her life to the boys of the first Salesian home. Sacrificing material possessions, she brought with her simply the love of a mother to the children of the streets.

The evening classes began to increase and soon dormitories were provided for those who wanted to live at the Oratory. The first Salesian Home was thus founded.

By now, the importance of John's work had been recognised by the authorites and he was able to fund the erection of schools and workshops for these boys. Then, in 1868, he built a church, which was planned to form a cross covering a vast area. Though he faced difficulty in raising the necessary funds, it was a success and the church was consecrated on 8th June 1868 where it was placed under the patronage of Our Lady, Help of Christians. In the same year in which the erection of the church began, fifty priests and teachers who had been assisting him formed a society under a common rule, later approved by Pope Pius IX.

John Bosco died on January 31st, 1888 and was declared Venerable by Pius X on 21st July, 1907. Founder of the Salesian Society, he was beatified in 1929 and canonized in 1934 by Pope Pius XI.

(With thanks to NewAdvent.org for the information.)

As we read the inspiring story of St John Bosco, we ask God to help us to be like him - to be known for the love we show others, to show the courage to overcome obstacles and especially to love those classed as outcasts, those we would not normally befriend. As St John Bosco showed, it can be hard to befriend outcasts - by definition outcasts are unwanted by society and it is never deemed 'cool' to show love for these people. However, like Jesus Himself and St John Bosco, we must realise that these are the people that need our love the most. When we find ourselves struggling to love these people, we can pray to St John Bosco and ask for his intercession so that we too might show unconditional love.

Prayer to Saint John Bosco


O glorious Saint John Bosco, who in order to lead young people to the feet of the divine Master and to mould them in the light of faith and Christian morality didst heroically sacrifice thyself to the very end of thy life and didst set up a proper religious Institute destined to endure and to bring to the farthest boundaries of the earth thy glorious work, obtain also for us from Our Lord a holy love for young people who are exposed to so many seductions in order that we may generously spend ourselves in supporting them against the snares of the devil, in keeping them safe from the dangers of the world, and in guiding them, pure and holy, in the path that leads to God. Amen.

Goodies

Book:
We're On A Mission From God - The Generation X Guide to John Paul II, the Catholic Church and the Real Meaning of God by Mary Beth Bonnacci - An inspiring read for all young Catholics who want to learn about their faith in a way that is interesting, easy for them to understand and aimed at young people.
Music: Jesus Wept - "Jesus Wept" is the first single from Mary K. Shanahan's upcoming recording project on Sacramental life entitled "The Promise." "Jesus Wept" is the beginning, the middle and the end of this compilation of songs based on the seven Sacraments, as it is a poignant and powerful reminder that Christ completely understands the challenges and trials of the human experience because He lived among us. The song was  released to EWTN Catholic Jukebox in September because Mary believes the words and music are healing and could be helpful to people during the painful fifth anniversary of 9/11. (Review by the Catholic Music Network)
Website: Xt3.com - If you haven't discovered xt3 yet, it's time you did! From the people that brought Youth 2000 to England, Xt3 is an online magaine for young Christians, filled with inspiring articles, radio (including Holy Granny!), chat, news, events and much more! But best of all are the Xt3 forums which allow young Christians to talk to each other about anything and everything that concerns young Christians. A definite must for all Catholic teens!

If you have any thoughts or questions that you'd like to share for this firste edition of TeenQuest, please feel free to reply.