Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 24, 2002
Red Deer area youth proud to go to Toronto
51 area youth preparing for World Youth Day
By RENATO GANDIA
"It's has become a unified group instead of a bunch of individuals."
- Dwight Acheson
The theme, Salt of the Earth, Light of the World, is fitting, said Tuchscherer.
In one of their sessions where they had to exchange candles, she appreciated the value of sharing better.
"I realized that if I have within myself, the light of Christ, and if I don't give it to other people, it will be a possession and not faith."
"So the more I share my light with other people, share my faith with other people, give it to other people, the more it won't be mine. It will be everyone's instead of a possession of one single person."
"That's the biggest thing about WYD. You realize you're not by yourself, holding your own little candle. You share it with every single person around you."
Acheson, an education student at the University of Lethbridge, thinks the book Salt and Light is a fabulous tool because it gives testimonies of youth from previous WYDs, appropriate quotes from the Bible, from the pope and some stories on the lives of the saints.
"You can't get much better than that," Acheson said.
Attending high school in Red Deer was not a celebration of faith for her. She wanted to experience something faith-filled that she can cherish for life. That's why she became involved with this world event.
"I thought that I can go to a place where there would be other people like me; people my age who are interested with their faith, that wanted to grow and learn about this faith and live it."
Bruce Cybulski, 48, is going to Toronto with his daughter Janelle. Going through some changes in his personal life he did a lot of reading and searching.
"WYD, being a major once in a lifetime event, especially if it's in your own country and being able to do it with your daughter is really special," Bruce told the WCR.
Bruce believes that although WYD is dubbed as a youth event "it is not limited to the youth."
For their group in Red Deer, the event has become a father-daughter, mother-son, brother-sister event and not just for single individuals.
"It's a family thing as well as a youth event. It's not an individual thing and that made it become more encouraging to attend because it fosters how unity of the family plays in our Church."
With her preparation Janelle finds the book Salt and Light helpful.
"The testimonies, the personal moments that you have to go through, the parts that the pope talks and the WYD prayers are all inspiring for me."
She is not looking for an instant life-changing kind of thing when she attends her first WYD.
"I'm just going to be with the other people excited about their faith," she said.
Dwight Acheson, organizer in the Red Deer region, said, "Over the time that we've been going through the Salt and Light book, the spirit has been growing in people."
He saw the people became closer together. "It's has become a unified group instead of a bunch of individuals." When they started meeting the group was individuals coming together. "It was a bunch of people sitting around."
Now, he considers the group a community of individuals, who are very like-minded and close knit.
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