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Hello Friends,  

Christus Vivit! Yes, Christ is alive and he wants us to be alive! To experience the joy of all the love and mercy He has for us! And what better way to experience this than in community?

We invite you to check out the different opportunities to join amazing YA communities in the diocese! Do you want to learn more about Devine Mercy? Play a sport or do some gardening? Do you need a moment to reflect in front of the Eucharist? Or are you ready to take the next step in your vocational discernment? Keep scrolling down!


The YAM team: Drew, Mayra and Yazmin

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, a good, happy and peaceful Easter!...The Easter message does not offer us a mirage or reveal a magic formula. It does not point to an escape from the difficult situation we are experiencing. The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nonetheless – and this is scandalous – armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened. That is today’s scandal."
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Holy Hour, Happy Hour

Saturday, April 10 at 7pm
Join Fr. Mike McMahon and other young adults in adoration at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Fr. Mike will give a reflection on Divine Mercy. After the Holy Hour, you are cordially invited to an outdoor social, hosted by the Sts. Peter and Paul Young Adults.
Register here | Facebook event

 

Divine Mercy

Thursdays April 15-June 17, 6:30pm 
Join Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for a 10 week Easter study on Divine Mercy! Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the history of God's love and mercy through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Click here got details and registration

Earth Day Retreat

Friday, April 17, 10am-3pm
Join Laudato Si' Ministries for an Earth Day Retreat at Jordan River Farm, a day of reflection and gardening! The cost is $25 and will include lunch. Mask and social distancing required
To register, email kjacobs@dioceseofjoliet.org 

Women of the Way: Last event of the 2 by 2 Series

Sunday, April 25 at 7pm
Join Sheila Stevenson and Bridget Lademan, as they share the stories of mother and daughter saints, Bridget and Catherine of Sweden. Register here and share the Facebook event. 
Did you miss March event: Felicity and Perpetua Watch here.

Grass Volleyball

Saturdays, April 25-June 20 at 5pm
Catholic Sports presents Grass Volleball league, 6x6 at Lisle Community Park. Register today 

 

Vocations: Vianney Visit

April 29-May 1
Take a closer look and experience college seminary.  Discern God's will for you. Meet other young men from Joliet discerning God's will in their lives. Take a tour of the University of St. Thomas campus, along with many other activities. For details and registration, click here. 

CONFERENCES AND VIRTUAL GATHERINGS

Be Formed

Begins this May
Join Fr. Burke Master's virtual formation program: Be Formed. To register for Season 2, taking place May 9 - August 6, visit the website here. 

Webinar: Healing and Mission in Cambodia

Thursday, April 22
Fr Kevin Conroy has been developing compassionate, high quality mental health services to the people of Cambodia over the past decades, in a country where such services have been lacking. Join us for an update from Fr Kevin as to insights into the stories of the challenges and successes of those whom he and his team minister to. Register here.

NEWS & RESOURCES

WORLD YOUTH DAY

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated about every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Panama City, Panamá from January 22-27, 2019 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2023.

WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter centered on Jesus Christ together with their peers. This event is an opportunity to personally experience the universality of the Catholic Church, and to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who are committing their lives to Christ and His Church.
Ready to experience World Youth Day for yourself?

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Palm Sunday to Pentecost
 

Catholic artists offer weekly reflections for this wonderful holy time of year. Gather your family, play the video, and sing and pray along. This is a bilingual resource! 
Check it out. 

Called to be Joyful Easter People: From the Upper Room to the Streets

Easter Season, we hope you find God’s mercy in your life. To help, Maryknoll has Reflection Guides based on the Sunday Gospels that can be used in a group or on your own. They also have Guides especially for families and children. Explore their website to see all  Easter Season Resources

The Real Difference Between Passion and Calling

Discernment is a key question for people in our stage of life. How do we make the right decision for our lives? How do we know what we are meant to do? How do we listen to God’s voice in our lives (which is what we mean by vocation)? Read article

 

The Pope Video

April 2021: Fundamental Rights
This month, the Pope invites us to support those who willingly accept the consequences of defending fundamental rights in places where it isn’t easy, so that “they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.”...

Good and Decent

New Podcast
“Being good and decent in today’s wild, wild world is truly a radical act. It’s hard to do, but we believe that it’s very much worth it.” Check out Grotto Network's new podcast.

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