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Youth Minister's Reflections


Our youth minister, Brendon Orian, shares reflections primarily on the Sunday readings. Here is the entire collection of past videos. 

For youth in Grades 6-12 who are interested in joining the youth ministry parents can connect with Brendon by email at sjewhitbyyouth@gmail.com




Faith in Jesus: 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

22 June 2021: This week we see Jesus heal a woman and raise a child from the dead. Both the woman and the child's parents had great faith that Jesus could heal them. We are called to have faith in Christ's love for each of us. Jesus is in our storms with us, but He can also be there to heal us. As we break for the summer these videos will continue. The Sacraments, Scripture, and prayer are always with you as you continue to pursue your relationship with Christ.




Jesus in Our Storms: 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

15 June 2021: This Sunday we hear the story of Jesus calming the storms. The disciples are terrified and don't know what to do. Jesus questions why they were terrified and why they didn't have faith. What does it mean to ask Jesus to enter the storms of our lives?




Sacred Heart

8 June 2021:June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Throughout the Gospels Jesus shows us His love and mercy. He calls us out of sin and into greatness, but He doesn't leave us alone to do this. Jesus shares His love with us so that we can love like Him.




Corpus Christi

1 June 2021: This upcoming Sunday we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. This feast is dedicated to the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We will be looking at the Eucharist in greater detail this week.




The Most Holy Trinity

26 May 2021: This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. To help us prepare for Sunday we look at Who the Trinity is. We will do this both by looking at Who the Trinity is not and then at an analogy to help us understand the Trinity better.




Pentecost

18 May 2021: This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity and we are called to have a relationship with Him. How can you ask the Holy Spirit to be part of your life today?




Ascension Sunday

12 May 2021: This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord. This is an important day because it's the day that Jesus entrusts His mission on Earth to His followers. Now, about 2000 years later, Jesus entrusts us with His mission to spread the Gospel. Next week we will look at Pentacost and learn even more about this mission.




Loving Others As Jesus Loves Us: 6th Sunday of Easter

4 May 2021: Christ's self-sacrificial love for us is so important to remember. This is the love we must first experience if we are to love others as He first loved us. As we reflect during this Catholic Education week on God's love for us let us not forget that we love because He first loved us.




Jesus: The True Vine: 5th Sunday of Easter

28 April 2021: This week we dive into the 5th Sunday of Easter. Jesus shares with His disciples that He is the true vine and we are the branches. With a little visual aid from my poinsettia I look into what it means to be a branch on this vine. What is it that we need to prune in our lives to bear more fruit? Are we spiritually dead and cut off from the vine, Jesus? What steps are we taking to get to confession and be united with the vine once again?




Jesus: The Good Shepherd: 4th Sunday of Easter

21 April 2021: This week we have a Gospel for the Saint John. Here Jesus tells us that He is the good shepherd. The sheep hear His voice and they know Him. We are all called to get to know the voice of Christ. How are you listening to His voice in your life today?






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