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Week of November 18, 2002
Youth discover life at Mass
St. Albert parish offers Life Teen
By RENATO GANDIA
"It wasn't just another boring Mass."
- Sarah Paiement
"I believe Life Teen can make a difference in the lives of our teens because it deals with real issues in their own terms and it can help them make their faith in God an important part of their lives," Landry said.
In his homily, Kavanagh told the young people, "Be prepared for the coming of the Lord."
"Quite often we are not ready to receive the Lord and we are called to be always ready because we do not know the hour and the day that he will come."
Michael Heathcote, 24, one of the core team members, told the WCR, "It's good to see a youthful crowd in the church."
For him, it was reminiscent of his high school when he was able to participate in Masses that had lots of youthful energy.
"I find a lot of Masses to be kind of bland and moving slowly. And tonight was different. There's a lot of energy and the music is interactive. You get participation from the people."
"It speaks directly to me. You can socialize with others after the Mass. You make friends within the Church and hopefully Christian values of the youth will be deepened."
Sarah Paiement, 18, sang in the choir. "It's wonderful to see the youth coming together as one. Normally they are so separated and tonight you can feel the energy, excitement. It wasn't just another boring Mass," she said.
Aileen Bucsis, 26, another core team member, thinks this program will go well thanks to "the very positive response of the people."
When she was growing up she knew a lot was going on in the church for people her age but she never felt invited to come.
"That's why I wanted to be on the team to tell the young people to come and check this out." Bucsis wants to tell the youth "faith is something so important in life but it can be easily missed."
"Christ is present in the Holy Eucharist and for people to be happy in sharing that is really awesome."
Mark Vandenbroeck, 16, is not new to Life Teen. He attended the program in Fort McMurray.
"It's very upbeat and more modern. By the end you still want to be in the Mass. You want it to continue and not to end. You don't have that feeling of getting-out-of-here-really-fast."
Like Paiement, he loves singing and he is happy to be able to do that with Life Teen.
"I can see Christ in the whole celebration because it was so alive," Vandenbroeck said.
Life Teen Mass will be held every Sunday, 6 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 75 Poirier Ave., St. Albert. For more information call Mike Landry at 459-3694.
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