NEWS, HIGHLIGHTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
1) Youth Leader ZOOM meeting – June 15, 2020
2) World Youth Day at Home – TBD
3) Online Youth Ministry Training session – TBD
4) Altar Server Appreciation Day – Cancelled
5) “Join the Journey” Retreats available online
(with Fr. Peter Nnanga, MSP)
Fr Peter Nnanga, MSP is inviting all youth to a scheduled Zoom Youth gathering
- Question & Answer Time – on the topics of Faith, the Bible, Jesus, and the Church.
This format was created as a way of reaching out to our young people (on Zoom). This time is meant to be a ‘Question and Answer’ time, in which Father Peter can help address any questions or doubts with which our youth may be struggling.
These one-hour sessions have been going well so far, with youth participation from the communities and cities of Neilburg, Debden, Leoville, Prince Albert, Cut Knife, Unity, Saskatoon, Regina, Spiritwood, Marsden, and Cochrane AB.
The youth provide excellent questions regarding prayer, heaven, the Eucharist, the priesthood, sacrifice, and faith, to which Father Peter has provided insightful and meaningful answers.
Our initial gathering was held on Dec. 7, 2020 and have been held every two weeks since.
We would like to take this opportunity once again, to invite the youth of our diocese to join us. If you are interested in attending please feel free to contact Adele Craswell, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at email@example.com or at 1-(306)-960-0882
Porcupine Plain and Tisdale Lenten Zoom Youth Retreat
On Saturday, February 27th, 2021 we held on-line (zoom) Lenten retreats for the youth of our parishes in Tisdale and Porcupine Plain. In the morning we had the older youth Gr. 7-12 and in the afternoon Gr 3-6.
To paraphrase Youth Leader: Lisa Henry
“We have been struggling to keep the youth involved in our church activities right now. Any time I’ve tried to have them do a project, I’ve had zero kids participate! It’s been a real struggle for us! When we decided to try a Zoom retreat, I started by praying for the youth and their families. Then we messaged all the parents to invite their kids. We ended up with a total of 24 youth! We were prepared to still go ahead with the retreat with just a handful of youth!
I would like to encourage you to also take advantage of these zoom retreats! It was such a blessing for our youth! They LOVED the games and the overall retreat! “
"Join the Journey Retreats"
“On Saturday, March 6,2021 the Leoville youth group was blessed to have an in-person "Join the Journey" Lenten retreat with Dave and Brian. What a wonderful opportunity it was for our youth to finally be able to participate in an in-person retreat. It was an afternoon filled with music, spiritual talks, social distancing activities, games, and beautiful prayer time. There were 22 youth that attended the retreat, and every one of them thoroughly enjoyed their day! Thanks Dave and Brian for all you do for our youth - creating an event like this where the youth can learn and grow in faith in a fun, yet spiritual atmosphere.”
World Youth Day @ Home
January 26, 2019
World Youth Day @ Home
Although World Youth Day @ Home January 26th, 2019 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan occurred in the midst of winter storm conditions, that storm could not quell the spirit of solidarity displayed by the over 100 faithful who attended our diocesan event coordinated to celebrate with the WYD pilgrims in Panama City.
We were pleased to have been gifted with the presence of Bishop Albert, many clergy, the N.E.T team, testimonials and the talents of Mr. Mike Landry of Edmonton Alberta, as well as an indigenous dance performance by dancers from Big River reserve. We were indeed blessed with a great day of fellowship and solidarity.
FAITH RETREAT – ECOLE MONSEIGNEUR BLAISE MORAND
Our staff and students consistently look forward to having Mr. David McQuaid and Mr. Brian Bauche join our EMBM school community to provide our faith retreats. Their thoroughness in the planning phase, the communication up front, the planning of the schedule and activities, and preparation for classroom extension is excellent.
David and Brian have a real knack for reaching students through their humour, songs, interaction and activities. All of this, coupled with their backgrounds as educators and youth minsters, as well as their deep faith, makes for a wonderful student faith experience.
-- Theo J. Masich, Principal
Here is a short reflection on our retreat.
The content of the retreat was very relevant to our group of students.
The students were engaged and continue to sing songs that they learned at home and in the hallways at school.
Dave and Brian were very professional, while still injecting humour and goofiness. They have a well-developed rapport with each other. They were able to direct the staff to assist, and let us know what they expected from us, which was extremely helpful.
The students were captivated by the day. The songs, the talks, the games were all very well received. Dave and Brian knew how to maintain the of the students while still joking around with them.
We were very blessed to have been able to host a retreat for our students. We all left, smiling, singing, and wanting more time.
Thank you for allowing us this wonderful opportunity.
Rivier Elementary School
Faith Retreat at Rivier Elementary School in Spiritwood
HOLY CROSS PARISH – GLASLYN
Holy Cross Parish in Glaslyn had a night of musical entertainment facilitated by Dave McQuaid from the Diocesan Youth Ministry along with Fr. Greg, who is the parish priest. It was a fantastic night of song with music ranging from the 1950s all the way to present day including songs of worship and praise.
All too often parishes get bogged down on the daily business that is needed to run them and sometimes we can forget that we need to gather for moments of fun and community building. Dave and Fr. Greg lead an evening that was full of music, laughter, and
socializing. Not only did our own parishioners attend, but we even had a significant number of people who were not parishioners and of other faith beliefs, and it was a wonderful chance to have an ecumenical gathering.
Holy Cross Parish was very pleased with the spirit of the evening and would highly recommend doing the same in your parish. A great time was had by all ages and it greatly helped us spread the message of Christ into our local community.
Fr. Greg Elder,
Parish Priest Holy Cross Parish, Glaslyn
Re: Dave McQuaid and Brian Bauche Retreat Team
I am pleased to offer reference for these two gentlemen. Dave and Brian have been hosting Faith Retreats at our School for more than three (3) years. As well, Dave has been involved in our retreats at JPII Collegiate for over 20 years as a teacher and faith leader. Each of the grade 8-12 retreats held yearly at our school has been a huge success. The retreats have been professionally conducted, working with myself and our school Retreat Team to offer all grade levels various theme-based learning while incorporating fun and engaging activities. The gentlemen work excellently with our staff, our God Squad helpers and more importantly, our students. They expertly organize each retreat while at the same time enabling progressive, mature and caring interpersonal relationships with all involved. Their pleasant manner, caring approach and willingness to help others grow in their faith, provides an excellent example of Christian service to others.
Not only are these men well organized and easy to work with, but extremely talented musically, creative in their programing approaches and always compassionate. As retired educators, they are well aware of student behaviors and appropriate student conduct in a school setting.
I feel confident that Dave and Brian are an excellent team to provide exciting, fun, engaging and meaningful retreats to schools as well as a variety of other venues. They live their faith and it shows in their relationships with students and staff.
Roxanne M Stynsky, B.ED, M.ED, D.Cos,
Laird Youth Ministry Evening Retreat 2018
The Youth Ministry Retreat held at the Laird Mennonite Church was a great success. Once again this was a retreat that was ecumenical in design and therefore served youth of all faiths who were interested in attending.
There was just under 30 youth who attended along with Heidi and Wade Epp who were graceful and helpful in making this evening work so well. The theme for the Retreat was “SHAPE” which focused on looking at how each of us is uniquely and wonderfully made in the image of God. The evening consisted of music, fun and activities that were all related to the message. A big thank you to the Mennonite Church community for the generous use of their facility. Thank you to the children who attended - we were so blessed to have such an awesome group!
St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church – Wakaw
We, at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Wakaw, Sk. Have had the privilege of having Brian and Dave work with us and entertain us on several different occasions. They are uplifting, enthusiastic, organized and talented. Brian and Dave have come and shared their talent with us at several of our annual pilgrimages, Sunday masses and our Fall Supper. This has positively impacted our parish community.
They have also worked with youth in our deanery. Their prior occupations as teachers and principal, kept children and teens of wide range of ages, entertained and engaged in teachable games and learning. Their musical talent is definitely a gift in itself. They kept their attention for 2-3 hours and the participants left with Jesus in their hearts.
I would highly recommend these two energetic musicians and teachers. They have vey positive natures and work in a very professional manner. They are inspirational to all ages.
Linda Kindrachuk, Chairperson
St. Theresa Parish Council