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Friday, December 3, 2021

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I believe we can all agree about the importance of youth ministry in our community. Our youth are so very precious. They deserve all the attention we can give them, especially when it comes to their physical and spiritual wellbeing. Parents already know about the great responsibility they have to teach the faith to their children, primarily by the way they live our Catholic faith … be at Sunday Mass, receive the sacraments often, pray together as a family, read a few verses of the Bible each day to learn more and more about our God who loves us so much through His Son Jesus, our Savior, and the Holy Spirit of God who inspires and empowers us to live the Gospel wherever we go.
 
Your parish stands ready to assist parents and all who have the care of children in this commission we share to pass our faith on to the next generations. We are so blessed and fortunate to have so many volunteers who give of their time, energy and resources to form our children in the faith; we call this “faith formation” in the first through eighth grades. Some of these volunteers are called “catechists” because they teach the faith as we find it in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Others are called “youth ministers” who also teach the faith but they are also involved to a greater extent in the life of our teens by providing other activities, such as outings and retreats and other special events in our parish and around the Diocese.
 
Our catechists, youth ministers and all who minister to and with the youth in our parish understand their great responsibility to be role models, to teach the faith accurately, and to protect our youth while they are with us on the parish campus. For this reason, our parish will provide a retreat and workshop for these youth leaders. This is a mandatory event. Here are the details: Friday, November 7, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm and Saturday, November 8, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. I guarantee this will be a very interesting and profitable retreat. This event is presented by Patrick and Mary Maguire of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Granite Bay, California (Sacramento Diocese), who have over 40 years experience in youth and music ministry. 
 
I am sincerely grateful to these youth leaders and I ask all our parishioners to join me in asking the Lord to bless them and to give them all they need to be faithful ministers of the Gospel.
 
Aloha ke Akua+
Father Arnold

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