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Week of October 8, 2007
NET teams go forth to evangelize youth
Young people share their faith during God-filled retreats
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
NET (National Evangelization Teams) is a Catholic youth ministry that offers retreats for young people from junior high age on up. The 67 youth have formed seven teams.
Sullivan, who is from Cornwall, Ont., had decided to take a year off before university. Looking for something to do, he found out about NET. "I loved it and decided to join." Sullivan will be part of a team that will hold retreats across Canada.
Jocelyn Potvin, 18, of Brandon, Man., will join a team going to Ireland. This is the third year NET has sent a team there to hold retreats for Catholic students in Grades 10 and 11. She, too, wants to spread the love of God.
Donald McGeragle, 19, of Chemainus, B.C., discovered NET when he attended NET retreats "when I was a kid."
"I found them really awesome." He looks forward to the adventure as his team travels from Edmonton to Halifax, visiting parishes and Catholic schools where they will hold retreats, some lasting four hours, some lasting a weekend.
"I just want them to know God and how much (Jesus) loves each one of us."
- Patrick Sullivan
NET Canada executive director James Mikulasik expects these seven teams to touch the lives of 30,000 youth over the next year.
Originally from British Columbia, where he worked in ranching and logging, he got involved in NET 19 years ago. "Now I'm a logger of men and women," he said.
NET participants must raise $4,500 in support, an additional $2,000 if they are going to Ireland to cover airfare. "The NET members give by going, and the people help them go by giving," Mikulasik said.
Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast presided over the commissioning NET Mass.
Prendergast noted how the young people love adoration and Confession. "The young people are bringing the treasures of the past into our present.
"We need to be examples to each other," he said. "There will be difficulties."
"Whatever God asks of you, say yes," he said. "For that is the road to true happiness."
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