JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH RALLY:
Eleven youth went to St. John's Univeristy on Sunday, January 8th. They enjoyed rock climbing, swimming, dodgeball, 9-square, and basketball between morning prayer and afternoon Mass.
During the morning prayer, the students wrote down something to give to God- perhaps a talent, time, worry, sorrow, fear, sin, soul, body, self, etc. The papers were collected.
During the homily, Father Ben encouraged the youth to visit the 'stable' as the magi did. Instead of giving gold, frankincense, or myrrh, the students should give God a talent, a worry, themselves, etc.
At the end of Mass, Father Ben asked the youth if they saw the wrapped gift that was brought forward during offertory. Their slips of paper were inside that present. All of the things that they wanted to give to God were offered during the Mass!
Lord, I give you my life, my talents, worries, sorrows, fears, sins. I offer myself to you. Here is my gift to you!