Posted by: gotjukies | March 3, 2009

LA Congress Youth Day 2009 Wrapup

Wow! What an amazing couple of days! From learning about how to fully experience liturgy to encountering the awesome power of God in the world that we live in, Youth Day 2009 was absolutely inspiring and uplifting. Not to mention the huge cast of famous bands and musicians that supplied the entertainment. We heard from Josh Blakesley, Jesse Manibusan, and Steve Angrisano among others. Check out some of the photos! (For the complete collection, click on the Flickr sidebar on the right —>)

Outside the Anaheim Convention Center

Outside the Anaheim Convention Center

Steve Angrisano sharing some music during his workshop

Steve Angrisano sharing some music during his workshop

A happenstance run-in with Mr. Jesse Manibusan himself

A happenstance run-in with Mr. Jesse Manibusan himself

the whole crew at morning workshop (and Ariana too)

the whole crew at morning workshop (and Ariana too)

Jesse Manibusan discussed the various ways we, as the youth of the church, are not just called to be active participants in mass. We are in fact called to be CATHOLICS. This means saying Amen like we really mean it during mass. This means volunteering to help with the liturgy be being a proclaimer. usher, or eucharistic minister. We don’t come to church, we ARE the church.

Steve Angrisano on the other hand, contrasted nicely with the morning workshop on liturgy by reminding us how God is present in our every day lives even though we sometimes forget, are closed off from God, or think that God has abandoned us. Before he began his talk, he moderated an epic battle of “Simon Says” that whittled down the competition to just a handful of winners out of hundreds of youth. Then, with a beautiful guitar backdrop, Steve shared his personal recollection of the Columbine shootings in Colorado in only a way that he could: 4 of the 12 students who perished that day were from the home parish in which he is a musician and youth minister. His story was moving and very emotional, but he shared with us how God was still present even in the horrors of that day, to save the students who made it out unharmed, and helped be the strength and courage for those who performed acts of heroism that day.

And of course, there was Disneyland!!!

Rare sighting of not one but THREE Disney princesses

Rare sighting of not one but THREE Disney princesses

Three sweet lumps of sugar please

Three sweet lumps of sugar please

No introduction needed on this one. Just pure awesomeness

No introduction needed on this one. Just pure awesomeness

The happiest place on earth

The happiest place on earth

I’d like to thank everyone who was involved with making this trip a huge success. From the parish staff for supporting our ministry, to all the parishioners who helped support us financially by participating in our 2008 Fall Bake Sale. I’d also like to thank the parents for giving their children a chance to experience Youth Day 2009 and be spiritually nurtured. Special thanks to The Paclibon Family for providing us with transportation and to Jillian Luu for being an additional chaperone. I’m already looking forward to next year’s trip for it will be even bigger and better!

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Responses

  1. FIRST!!!
    lol. epicness

  2. I WILL make The LoFT sound like Josh Blakesley in Hall E

  3. @Jonathan
    lol, and yes you did.

    ah, yes! LA Congress was a very powerful experience…though it is very nice to say prayers full-heartedly, it’s another thing to say it loudly. sometimes, I accidentally say things at the wrong time…and then…it reverberates…throughout the whole church…akward…=_=


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