CYO SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
The center of the life of the CYO is its mission to bring young people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. All else that youth ministry does is towards this goal. The St. Dominic CYO holds a monthly youth Mass at 5:30 PM on the second Sunday of each month where teenagers are the lectors, gift bearers, ushers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Twice a year weekend retreats are held where 90-100 members gather to take a break from their daily routine and responsibilities and find time to be with each other and God. The Peer Ministry Team plans the theme, talks, and activities for each of these great weekend experiences.
The CYO sponsors a "teen hour" from 7:00 - 8:00 PM each Wednesday in the St. Dominic Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. Youth Board and Peer Ministry Team members are present each week to welcome other teens for an opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Whether you can stay for 15 or 30 or 60 minutes, Jesus calls us to spend some quiet time with Him in the Eucharist. During the summer and holiday periods, certain Wednesdays are designated for special prayer services, recitation of the Rosary, and live praise and worship music.
Other opportunities for spiritual development arise throughout the year. Check the calendar and newsletter for more information.
PRAYER RESOURCES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
• St. Dominic Parish is live streaming Masses on www.stdominicparish.com and the parish Facebook page and YouTube channel. Listen to the readings and Homily, join in the prayers, and make an Act of Spiritual Communion.
• The Southern Dominican Province has an excellent resource page available at https://www.opsouth.org/c19 . The page includes links to Scripture, prayer, and other resources from a variety of good Catholic sources.
• The monthly Magnificat prayer publication is now available for free via their website and smartphone app. Go to https://us.magnificat.net/free. Magnificat is an excellent resource with daily Morning Prayer, Daily Mass readings, and Evening Prayer for use alone or with your family and friends.
• Pray the Rosary, especially as family, even if this has not been a common practice for you. You will be surprised at the graces that will come from this practice. There are many easy to use Rosary apps available for your smartphone that will count the beads and include all the prayers and mysteries. If you’d rather follow along with a virtual group, Ascension Press will offer a live recitation of the Rosary on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AscensionPress) at 3:00 PM (Central Time) on weekdays. A Facebook account is not required to view this.
• Ascension Press has a variety of live and recorded prayer experienced and faith talks and suggestions for these weeks at https://ascensionpress.com/pages/spiritual-guidance. One particular video that I recommend on the site is that of national Catholic evangelist and director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Duluth, Fr. Mike Schmitz, who has an excellent video message about the faith response to the coronavirus situation. It is available here: https://media.ascensionpress.com/video/how-should-catholics-respond-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
• National Catholic musician Josh Blakesley (a native of Lake Charles) has a special Stations of the Cross recorded at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands, Texas, available at https://www.facebook.com/joshblakesleymusic/
• PJ Anderson, who has blessed us as the musician at numerous St. Dominic CYO retreats, has many of his music videos available on his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/pjandersonmusic/videos