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“To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.”  -  Pope Francis

In light of All Saints Day being this month, I thought I would talk a bit about saints. All Saints Day is a day of celebration for those who have attained heaven, those named and recognised by the church and all the unnamed saints as well. How great is it that all the unnamed saints get a day to celebrate them! Not that the named saints aren’t pretty cool... Each team on NET is allocated two patron saints and our two saints as the Swift Current team are St Rita and St Francis Xavier.

A couple of years ago I was in university, halfway through my Bachelor in Arts & Science. I had a good part-time job, a great girlfriend, great friends, and I was doing well in school but something was missing.

We’re told, by our teachers, our parents, society, that we need to finish school, get a good job, get married, have a family and that will lead to a happy life. This isn’t a bad thing at all but it is not the only thing that can lead to happiness and what happens when we start achieving these things and realize that this happiness is shallow, unfulfilling, or empty?

We’re left wondering, “There must be more than this”.

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you. I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Then I said, "Ah, Lord God, behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only youth."

But the Lord said to me, "Do not say 'I am only a youth', for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord."

Suppose a musician in an orchestra freely strikes a sour note. The conductor is competent, the music is correctly scored and easy to play, but the musician still exercises his freedom by introducing a discord which immediately passes out into space. The director can do one of two things: he can either order the selection to be replayed, or he can ignore the discord.

It's getting to the point of the year where the end of our mission is in our sights, and often times consuming our thoughts. This has been making it difficult to stay focused on the present and to keep our eyes on why we are here, serving on NET. So at this point in the year, I've been falling short, losing my zeal and energy because I've felt like I've done all that I could do, that we've met all the youth we are going to encounter and that I just have to finish up the last couple months. But I was so wrong!

Our team is back in Ontario until the end of our ministry. To get to the end, we have returned to our beginnings, so to speak. Recently, we did a short afternoon of prison ministry, and my experience was incredible.

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La fin de semaine dernière, nous avons eu une messe jeunesse qui a été une très belle expérience. Pour la première fois depuis que nous sommes arrivés en Beauce, le band des jeunes a réussi à jouer la messe en entier sans l'aide de quelqu'un de notre équipe. Je suis restée là dans le banc d'église, comme une maman au soccer encourageant ses enfants ! Je suis tellement fière d'eux et de comment ils ont grandi depuis la première rencontre en tant que groupe. En plus, nous avons eu des jeunes qui ont servi la messe, apporté les dons à l'offertoire, récité les prières universelles, chanté le psaume et fait les lectures! Le groupe de jeunes ici est tellement inspirant et c'était merveilleux de voir toute la messe célébrée avec autant de jeunes impliqués, juste devant mes yeux.

Hey technological world!

The recent weeks have been pretty packed as usual, but have been a huge blessing, especially as we see the end of our mission in Beauce is approaching. We are finishing preparations for our final youth nights and events, masses, Adoration nights and even a talent show/honouring for our host homes!