Thank you to all of you that made it to today’s meeting. The topic of discussion was “Friendship.” We reflect on the below scripture quotation
1 John 2: 9-11
Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1. What do the words “light” and “darkness” symbolize?
2. Who are my brothers & sisters?
3. Is it right to hate my brothers and sisters (if we have one Heavenly Father)?
Appreciate all the creativity you showed in putting up the short skits.
Our next IY meeting will be 10am Sat, Jun 18 at the Lower Rectory.
“Atheism and Truth"
Thank you to all of you that made it to today’s IY meeting. The topic of discussion was “Atheism and Truth.” We briefly looked at the different world religions, are all religions the same, what truth is, and does truth really matter. As discussed, there is a truth. Truth is absolute, narrow, and exclusive. Let us discover it together.
“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea.
- Antonio Machado (Spanish Poet)
Attached is the slidedeck that was shared during the meeting.
The next IY meeting will be 10am Sat, June 4 at the Church Basement (not Lower Rectory). Please note this will be a welcome meeting for the newly confirmed students.
Thank you to all that made it to today’s IY meeting. The topic of discussion was “Dreams.” I hope we all understood through the presentation the importance of dreams and dreaming. Below is the message from Pope Francis’s address to the Cuban students on “dreaming,” which we read at the meeting.
You are standing up and I am sitting. How rude! But you know why I am sitting; it is because I was taking notes on some of the things which our companion here was saying. Those are the things I want to talk about.
One really striking word he used was “dream”. A Latin American writer once said that we all have two eyes: one of flesh and another of glass. With the eye of flesh, we see what is in front of us. With the eye of glass, we see what we dream of. Beautiful, isn’t it?
In the daily reality of life, there has to be room for dreaming. A young person incapable of dreaming is cut off, self-enclosed. Everyone sometimes dreams of things which are never going to happen. But dream them anyway, desire them, seek new horizons, be open to great things. I’m not sure if you use this word in Cuba, but in Argentina we say: “Don’t be a pushover!” Don’t bend or yield; open up. Open up and dream! Dream that with you the world can be different. Dream that if you give your best, you are going to help make this world a different place. Don’t forget to dream! If you get carried away and dream too much, life will cut you short. It makes no difference; dream anyway, and share your dreams. Talk about the great things you wish for, because the greater your ability to dream, the farther you will have gone; even if life cuts you short half way, you will still have gone a great distance. So, first of all, dream!
- Pope Francis (Address Of His Holiness Pope Francis To Students)
Sunday, 20 September 2015
We take this opportunity to welcome our newcomers Fernando & Griselda to IY
Our next weekly meeting is at 10am Sat, 28-May at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Thank you to all that made it to our last IY meeting. The topic of discussion was “Decision Making.” Below were some of the questions we reflected on
· What is the most difficult decision you have made and why? How did you make it?
· How has God guided you to make holy choices in your life?
· What is the formula to make a good decision?
Please note that we will not have IY meeting on Sat, 13 Feb. We will meet again for the Ice-Skating trip on Sat, 20th Feb.
Have a wonderful week!
In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Details of Ice'Skating trip:
Saturday, 20 Feb 2016
12:30pm to 2:30pm
2600 Newbridge Road,
Bellmore, NY 11710
[$9(General Admission) + $4(Skate rental)]
Additional $5.50 if using public transportation from church. Please bring your own lunch.
Town of Hempstead Resident: $7 (General Admission)
(Proof of Residency REQUIRED for Discount. School\College ID would be accepted)
Please note your parents could either drop you at the rink at 12:15pm and pick you up at 2:30pm or they could drop you at the church at 11:00am and pick you up from the church at 3:30pm.
Our Lady of Loretto Parish
104 Greenwich Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
Idente Youth Hempsted
Thank you for making it to today’s IY meeting. The seminar was presented by Anthony, the topic of discussion was an allegory based on the journey of the three kings following the star to baby Jesus. The three kings represented humanity, the star was the GPS, and baby Jesus was our destiny. The journey for all of us is not a straight path but involves a number of bumps, curves, twists, and turns. These manifest is numerous falls we have. Some of the falls we discussed involved: steeling, murder, lust, cheating, pornography, and more. At the end the important message is that there is hope, we can get up from our fall and move forward. We have to make an effort to understand the causes of our fall, and rectify them. Our falls don’t define us, we are each a unique masterpiece of our heavenly father.
Let us allow God to chisel out our imperfections.
Kudos to Anthony for doing a brilliant job with the presentation.
Please note that next Saturday we do not have our IY meeting at 10am but instead we go ice-skating at the twin rinks ice center in Eisenhower Park.
Details of Ice skating trip:
Details of Ice skating trip:
When : Saturday, 23 Jan 2016
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Where : Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park
200 Merrick Avenue,
East Meadow, NY 11554
Cost : $16 (Adults) or $14 (Children)
[$11(Adults 13+) or $9 Children (6-12 years old) + $5(skate rental)]
Where to meet : your parents could either drop you at the rink at 11:45pm and pick you up at 2pm or they could drop you at the church at 11:00am and pick you up from the church at 3pm. An additional $5.50 if you are taking public transport from the church.
For more details contact:
Youth Minister at Our lady of Loretto, Hempstead.
Ph: (516) 489- 3675
Thank you to all that made it to today’s meeting. The topic of discussion in continuation to last week’s meeting was “Music.” We specifically discussed the benefits of playing a musical instrument on the brain, one could call the activity a brain workout. As the video we watched said, there are fireworks in the brain when one listens to music and more so when one plays an instrument. To put what we learned into practice, we worked in small groups to create an IY jingle, here are the lyrics of one of them.
Hey Andre! Yeah ?
Come join Idente Youth today.
Make sure you never leave but stay.
We got many things to discuss today.
Come join me on next Saturday…..
Yes, we have many things to discuss next Saturday. Our next IY meeting will be at 10am Sat, 16 Jan.
Please remember as Victor Wooten, the famous American bass player says, “Music is a language.” Let us be willing to make and embrace our mistakes.
Have a wonderful weekend.
What am I listening to..?
Thank you to everyone that made it to last Saturday’s meeting. The topic of discussion was “Music: The effects of music lyrics and video’s on teens.” We learnt that the music we listen to is correlated with our behaviours and attitudes. Today’s music lyrics, especially genres like rap, heavy metal, rock, and regaeton, have become more explicit in their reference to drugs, sex, and violence.
Let us as young people be more cautious and aware of the music we listen to.
Our next IY meeting will be at 10am Sat, 9 Jan.
Have a wonderful week.
Last Sunday, our Idente Youth Teens in Hempstead, Long Island hosted their very first Athenaeum (a cultural and artistic gathering) in Our Lady of Loretto Church. Our teens from Hempstead enthusiastically welcomed our Idente Youth members who traveled from the Bronx and from Brentwood, Long Island. The teens shared their talents with family and friends through music, dance, and skits. Special thanks to everyone who joined us last Sunday and for making it special!
IY Hempstead discusses respect
We looked into the definition of respect, the concept of respect, and the specific ways in which we could show respect to the other people.
Respect is honoring the worth or dignity in a person or process.
We respect: Places like church, hospital, and library; Things like books, money; and People like parents, friends, teachers, elders.
One of the ways of respecting others is by cultivating the habit of using words like “please” and “thank You” in our conversations.
Here are some ways to treat others with respect:
“I must respect the opinion of others even if I disagree with them.” - Herbert H. Lehman
“Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation, and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked always deserves respect or pity as the case may be.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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IY Movie Night at hempstead
Idente Youth Hempstead hosted a movie night on Thursday, 13 August at 6pm. The movie selected for viewing was McFarland USA. McFarland, USA (also known as McFarland) is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a predominantly Mexican-American high school, McFarland High School, in McFarland, California, the film stars Kevin Costner as Jim White, the school's coach, who leads the team to win a state championship. The film was released on February 20, 2015, received positive reviews from critics, and grossed over $44 million.
IY Hempstead had group discussions at their following weekly meeting based on the lessons learnt from the movie. Below were the lessons used for the discussions
Lesson#1: All things work together for good. (Coach White chose McFarland because he ran out of options however he ended up finding a beautiful community of Mexican immigrants)
Lesson#2: Everyone matters…even your last place runner. (Danny Diaz, the slowest runner in team, won the state championship for McFarland)
Lesson#3: Blessed because they’ve suffered. (The daily labour that the runners had to go through made them tough and strong)
Lesson#4: Spending a day in their shoes, incarnate. (Coach White went out of his way to understand that runners by spending a day with them picking in the fields)
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