Emailed to those registered for the DYC'14 who provided email addresses
THANK YOU for registering for the 2014 Diocesan Youth Convention
(or DYC'14) --
I am very excited about the 7 hours we will be spending together at St. Michael's in Canton. While that might sound like a long day with the added transportation time, I assure you that it will fly by as we have so many things packed into the day. It would be helpful to do a couple things in preparation for DYC'14:
1. Do not forget on Saturday, November 1st (All Saint's Day) that we FALL BACK on our clocks....so you will get an extra hour of sleep if you plan correctly!
2. Bring your donations for the Joshua Casteel Catholic Worker House if you are able to give. A list of needed ideas is posted at:
You will be able to drop them off when you arrive at 12:30 p.m. next Sunday.
3. After you drop off your donations, you might also want to stop and pose for a group picture with the DYC'14 banner as your group leader picks up your event folders and name tags. You will then grab a string-backpack from one of the seminarians helping us that day and head into the Church.
4. Your group leader may have already shared with you the listing of workshop options, but if not (or if you want to look them over a bit more), know that they are posted on the website above, just click on the WORKSHOPS grey button near the top of the page.
Remember that you will have TWO workshop times.....so pick your top 2,
but pick two alternates as well in case you get closed out of a session (door will close once the seats are filled.)
5. After the workshops, alternating with your dinner time, you will have an opportunity to visit the AMAZING CONNECTIONS stations. Some are exhibits, but many include hands on activities and a chance to help others. Since time will be short, it might be a good idea to look over that listing on the website as well.
While I should not pick favorites, as I am thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers who will be providing these stations, I do want to point out a few where your help is definitely needed, so try to get to these for sure and then others as they interest you:
1. Banner for Mass - we need at least one person from each parish to stop and decorate part of it for your parish as this banner will be used at our Mass.
2. Superhero Capes for Kids Project - we borrowed this idea from the NCYC in Indianapolis last year from Peyton Manning's Capes for Kids, with their permission to do for Children's Hospital here. Cara Lipinski and St. Barbara/St. Joseph in Massillon have donated materials to make this happen, but we need YOU to stop and make one or two!
3. Praying with Sign Language - the reflection song at Mass will be "Open My Eyes" which is pretty easy to learn in American Sign Language, so we brought this opportunity back upon request. Maybe you were at the Grotto event last September in Suffield and already learned this so just have to brush up, or maybe you need to stop by and learn it - either way, it will make the after-communion reflection even more meaningful if you Sign and SIGN it!
4. Project S.O.A.P. - we need every participant to stop and label 5 - 7 bars of soap for us (and learn why this is an important task!)
5. Inspiration Board - would love to have an many posts about what amazes you as possible so that we can share the inspiration with others.
During your dinner break, know that a number of priests are coming to hang out AND celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with anyone who would like. This week, take some time to reflect upon your relationship with God. Does it seem on track? If so, great, but if not, then pray about what God might want you to change, do differently, or stop doing.
If you would like to do a deeper Examination of Conscience, please visit:
Lastly, if you are able to listen to the theme song prior to coming to the DYC,
it might make it easier for you to sing along. On the DYC'14 website above (or below my signature line), click on the grey button
"DYC'14 Theme Song/Fricker".
Whew, that was perhaps more pre-event work than anticipated, but it really is all just to hep you get a jump start on our day together. If you don't get to it, no worries, but if you do, then you should be ready to jump in and get the most out of the opportunities presented! By 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd, may we all be AMAZED because we better see "what is true, beautiful and what is of God!"
C-U @ DYC'14 soon!
P.S. If you know of someone else coming to the DYC'14 that you don't think has an email address or didn't get registered by the deadline, feel free to share this with him/her. Perhaps you will have a chance to ask at Church this weekend or school on Monday!
Cindee Case, Director
Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OY&YAM)
Catholic Diocese of Youngstown
144 West Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
phone: 330-744-8451 X 280
*** DYC'14 coming this November 2nd @ St. Michael in Canton.***
Keep up to date with the planning by visiting our webpage: http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com/2014-diocesan-youth-convention.html
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.