Youngstown Diocesan Youth Convention - Continuing the Journey
Building on the General Sessions
This is the place to find out more about people you 'met' or activities that took place during our general sessions -- our keynote speaker, our bishop , our musical director, and seminarians involved at the Mass and you can view the NCYC video (and hopefully hear it!)
Opening Session: Ben Walther
The singer, songwriter and artist you enjoyed performing as you wandered the Amazing Connections Stations, has been making music for more than 15 years. In addition to writing and recording music, Ben travels across the country to lead worship and share his gifts with God’s people. Sharing his message that “there is always hope for redemption,” Ben has been making music for more than 15 years and serves at St. Paul Parish in North Canton. Check out a few of his songs at: http://www.spiritandsong.com/compositions/composer/67403
Did you wonder: "What the heck was going on with a few of the seminarians at the Mass?"
Much like we witness during rites for our sacraments, the seminarians progress though various rites as they continue in their studies and formation.
Perhaps you can recall from your Confirmation, if you already celebrated it, that your Pastor "presented you to the Bishop" and vouched for your readiness (you most likely stood up, stayed in place, listened to a few words, then sat back down). Later, you processed up to the Bishop for the reception of the sacrament. So it was for the 5 seminarians.
We witnessed those becoming Lector and Acolyte, but here are all the rites the seminarians move through as they continue to discern God' call to the priesthood:
Rites of Passage: Admission to Candidacy: In this rite, the one who aspires to ordination publicly manifests his will to offer himself to God and the Church to exercise a sacred order. In this way, he is admitted into the ranks of candidates for the diaconate and priesthood. Institution in the Ministry of Lector: "The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings" (GIRM #99). Institution in the Ministry of Acolyte: "The acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the Priest and Deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister" (GIRM #98). Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate: "Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came 'to serve and not to be served.' The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church" (USCCB). Ordination to the Priesthood: "By this ritual (laying on of hands) the ordaining bishop and the other priests invoke the Holy Spirit to come down upon the one to be ordained, giving him a sacred character and setting him apart for the designated ministry" (USCCB).
Justin Huyck is Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Canton, Ohio. Previously, he served communities in Albany, NY, Chicago, IL, and Kingston, Ontario. Justin is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an M.A. in Theology and Liturgy from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
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