Coverage Areas:  National |  South Carolina |  Aiken |  Beaufort |  Charleston |  Columbia |  Greenville |  Myrtle Beach |  Rock Hill
Menu

Youths ‘take one to the cross’ at junior high rally

COLUMBIA — Zany games and ice breakers, breakout groups, dramas and skits, powerful testimonies from high school youth, all topped off with a closing liturgy. The third annual diocesan junior high school rally, entitled “Take One To The Cross,” offered all of the above and more as this year’s retreat-style format filled the gym of St. John Neumann School last Saturday, Nov. 6, with over 350 attendees, an event record.

Keynote presenters for the day were APEX Ministries and Sarah Hart.

APEX Ministries is made up of two young men, Brad Framer and Gene Monterastelli, who used juggling, humor, characterizations, skits and personal storytelling to share what God has done in their lives. Over the last three years, APEX has worked with youth and young adults in over 25 states. Some of the events include the papal visit in St. Louis last January, the National Catholic Youth Conference, and the National Youth Specialities Youth Worker Conference.

Singer Sarah Hart toured last year with such Christian artists as Kathy Troccoli; Wes King; Point of Grace; and Philip’s, Craig and Dean. This year she will be the headliner musical artist at the National Catholic Youth Conference in St. Louis scheduled for later this month.

Hart’s music has been described as having great depth and being very poetic with a sense of what really effects youth.

The rally concluded with a Mass celebrated by Father C. Thomas Miles, associate pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Columbia. In his homily, he alluded to the Gospel reading for the day, in which Jesus talked about being prepared.

Father Miles used the year 2000 to discuss how some people are afraid the world will come to an end, but the recently ordained priest emphasized that no one knows the day or hour that will occur. “Jesus is trying to say to us in the Gospel that it’s up to each of us to be prepared. That responsibility belongs to each and every one of us.”

Helping and encouraging each other to spread the Good News was also stressed by Father Miles. “Do you choose Jesus or do you choose the world? We’re here to help you make the right choices and stand firm in those choices against peer pressure.”

In an effort to help the youth recommit themselves to making the right choice, “What Would Jesus Do?” bracelets were distributed to the attendees before the end of the homily. Prior to the conclusion of the liturgy, the teens all had a small cross painted on their face while the Communion meditation song “We Are One Body in Christ” was sung.

In closing remarks, Jerry White, diocesan director of Youth and Young Adults Ministry, praised the youth who attended the junior high rally, saying, “You’ve all made a difference here today.”




  • Diocesan Events Calendar
    View All Events
    Oct 237:00 pm Mision y Correspons. #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Oct 24 End of 1st Grading period
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Report cards/Parent Conf.
    From the Calendar of St. Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg
    End First Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    End Q1
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    End of first quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
    End 1st Qtr. (45 days)
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
    First marking period ends
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    End of 1st Grading Period
    From the Calendar of John Paul II Ridgeland
    12:00 pm United Nations Day/Lunch
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    7:30 pm Mision y Correspons. #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Oct 25 End of 1st Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
    Report cards go home
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Early dismissal AFTER lunch/Last day of quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    End of 1st Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School
    End of quarter
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    6:00 pm Volleyball (Fac. vs. Students)
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    6:00 pm Fall Festival
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    7:00 pm Mision y Correspons. #2
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Oct 26 days - Conferences
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach