Ignite the Fire Within
Ignite is a small group experience committed to the reality that young people are an important and integral part of our parish community, and in fact are the Catholic Church. Ignite seeks to build future leaders of the Church by fostering and nurturing the faith of our youth. Ignite leads our youth in their faith journey, and walks with them in the light of Christ by bringing them together with their peers and leaders for fellowship, fun and spiritual direction.
Ignite meets in the Youth Center bi-monthly, on Sunday’s from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Alternating Sunday’s w/ Sparks)
In 2018-2019 IGNITE will incorporate Liturgical seasonal program nights throughout the year and walk through a program entitled, RX. The program looks at the reality of the wound of sin and introduces Jesus as our Divine Physician, whose mercy we encounter in the confessional and who prescribes His own divine life to heal us. This is a great resource to introduce teens to the Person of Christ and the Gospel message. Combining a good mix of other nights which will focus on Catholic social teaching on a variety of current issues that many of our teens are dealing with today this year will lead students into a deeper relationship with God and solid growth in His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
2019 Student Missions
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I realize how hard it is to think about the summer months, which seem so far away, but we’re really up against some early deadlines for mission registrations with a couple different organizations, and so I am really looking at securing spots for our youth who hope to have a meaningful experience through one of these Eucharistic based missions.
This summer we offer our annual mission to the Franciscan University in Steubenville OH. June 28-30 for the 2019 Steubenville High School Youth Conference. This mission, although with 2300 other participants from around the country, is a personal spiritual encounter with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. (This year’s 8th graders through graduating seniors)
Catholic Heart Workcamp will bring up to 500 youth from around the country together as they converge on Cumberland, MD. June 16-22 in a massive labor of love. Youth will participate in everything from working with less fortunate children, scraping and painting homes, wheelchair ramps and yard cleaning al in and for poverty stricken neighborhoods in the Cumberland area. (This year’s 8th graders through graduating seniors)
DYMO Camp is near Muskegon and is a week long encounter with our Triune God. It is a camp run by caring and loving adults who share the common goal of leading kids closer to Christ. The dates are June 16-22. You can register directly with the camp online at: DYMO.org (This year’s Freshmen through graduating seniors)
In addition to our summer mission opportunities is the annual March for Life in Washington DC THIS January 17-19. Registrations need to wrap-up before the busses are full. Please notify me asap for details and to reserve your youth’s “spot”. Also, visit our website for more information at: stsebastianmi.org/Ignite. (This year’s Freshmen through graduating seniors)
We Are the Pro Life Generation
October 6/7, 2018
My dear friends in Christ,
This year’s Respect Life Month theme, “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” takes its inspiration from our Blessed Mother and her appearances as Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in Mexico. During her appearance in 1531, the Virgin Mary asked Juan Diego to build a church where the people, whose culture was gripped by oppression and death, could encounter her Son and receive her care. Juan Diego accepted this mission that would lead to the conversion of millions of people. By embracing his mission, Juan Diego showed us what it means to be chosen and sent.
Today’s world remains in the grip of oppression and death as shown in the many ways our culture diminishes the value of human life. How are we being called like Juan Diego to change our culture and place a priority on human life? This year’s theme emphasizes the immense value we place on human life and dignity as Catholics, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Before we are formed in our mother’s womb, we are created in the image and likeness of God. This means nothing can diminish our worth. We are created for an eternal union with Him and called into a deeper relationship with our Savior. We are chosen through baptism to receive the love freely given to us by the Father and spread it throughout the world. God calls us to love our brothers and sisters as people chosen and cherished by Him.
In our interactions, whether face-to-face or through social media, do we view each person as someone created in the image and likeness of our Savior? Or do we see them as a silhouette of a person whose dignity does not register with us? We are called to reflect on how we treat each other and respond by enabling those we encounter to be accorded their inherent dignity and worth.
I thank those parishes, schools, and institutions throughout our diocese who participate in the Respect Life program during this month and who make respect life efforts a priority throughout the year. Building a culture of life is an indispensable part of our calling as Christians.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids
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