Our IY Teens watched the documentary,
"The Human Experience." Two brothers from Brooklyn go on a journey to find the true meaning of life. They live with the homeless in the cold winter of NYC and then they later visit a home in Lima, Peru for children who were abused and abandoned. The teens learned how we can find the true meaning of our lives when we serve others in need.
Part two of the documentary coming up next week! Join us Next Thursday at 5:00pm at Saint Dominic's!
Our Idente Youth teens discussed the importance of evaluating the purpose of all of our relationships.
" God gives us relationships to help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. He gives us relationships so that we can help each other get to Heaven ... the purpose of every relationship is two people helping each other become the-best-version-of-themselves. It doesn't matter if it is a relationship between husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, brother and sister, parents and children, manager and employee, coach and player, teacher and student. " - Matthew Kelly
Hector presented a seminar on Volunteering. He addressed the topics: What does it means to Volunteer?; How does volunteering benefit society?; How does volunteering benefit you?; Barriers People Face to volunteer?; and The Different Volunteering Options. Finally, Hector shared his own experience as a medical student volunteering at a medical event in the capital Washington DC, and his upcoming volunteering project with the FIMRC [Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children] in the Philippines.
What is good communication? Our teens discussed how the key to many relationships (with parents, teachers, friends, etc.) is great communication. Sometimes we fail to consider the feelings of others when we communicate, or we place ourselves at the center of the conversation. Our teens shared how they plan to improve their communication this week by being better listeners and seeking the best for others, even if it requires sacrificing what they prefer. We also welcome Blangie and Sahory, our newest Idente Youth participants!
We had an amazing time at the group watching the movie: “Kubo and the two strings” and celebrating Easter. Thank you for bringing food/drinks for our Saturday brunch.
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 22 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
We had a dynamically engaging (couldn’t find a better way of describing J) meeting at the group. The topic of our discussion was “Sound Health.” The obvious question, “What is that?” It means, ways in which sound can improve health. Our presenter Nathalie played us a video by Julian Treasure. Through Julian’s talk we learnt about headphone abuse and the health issues associated with it. Namely "schizophonia," it is a dislocation between what you see and what you hear; compression; and deafness. Also we understood, the eight ways sound can improve health: ultrasound, lithotripsy, sound healing, good music, listen consciously, create sound, learn to sing & play instrument, and protect your ears.
To practice what was preached, we went outdoors to listen to nature and plant seeds in small cups.
For the full video: Click here
Thank you Nathalie for thinking about our health (“Sound Health”).
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 15 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Please note that we celebrate Easter next Saturday, hence we request that you bring some snacks (& drinks) to share with the group. Also, we will end the meeting at 12:30pm.
Have a blessed Holy Week!
We had a fantastic meeting at the group. The topic of discussion was “Unity in Sports,” and our presenter was Rebeca. We were informed that like our faith, sports brings people – irrespective of religion, gender, nations, language, culture- together. Rebeca shared with us an interesting story about the famous NBA player Stephen Curry. Did you know that he brings the bible to the court? Now, you may ask how come? His under armour shoes carries the quotation from Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’
For more on the Stephen Curry story – Click here
Kudos to Rebeca for an amazing presentation.
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Apr 8 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Challenge yourself in the game of life, like you are in the game of sports
We had a fabulous meeting this morning, thank you to all of you that showed up. Our topic of discussion was “Talents,” it was presented by Alex. Talent was defined as “a natural skill that is given to man to show that they are special.” We were informed that all of us (yes…no exceptions) have a talent. Small tiny little qualities of making people laugh, or convincing friends are talents. Talents come as a natural gift, from hard work, doing things you love, and from being yourself. Ultimately they come from God.
So, what is your TALENT(S) ? how are you using them ?
Kudos to Alex for an astounding presentation.
Everyone is born with some special talent…
Thank you for attending today’s meeting. Our topic of discussion was “Unity in Diversity.” We learnt what is diversity, and its manifestation in the world: New York City(40% born outside US), India (differences in religion, food, art, language), Water(H2O), Paella (Spanish rice dish with many ingredients), Emirates Airline(27 crew members, 27 different countries), and Radio City Musical (cast of 150 performers). So, how is unity in diversity possible. Pope Francis says, “Look more ‘to that’ which unites us rather than that which ‘divides us.’” Therefore, for unity, we need common goal, shared vision, and common purpose.
Where can I find a common goal, shared vision and common purpose? What’s the principle of unity? Again, Pope Francis has the answer, he says “Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force behind our unity.” So let us celebrate diversity.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Our next meeting: 10:00am Sat, Mar 18 at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Last Wednesday, we got to know more about what Idente Youth is. Based on this, we made a poster about different chapters of Idente Youth in the world, meanings of its symbols and Idente Youth values. The purpose of the poster was to inform them of the purpose of our weekly meeting and the sense of belonging to the whole Idente Youth in the world. Then, some of us shared their resolution to live out Idente Youth values.
Our teens discussed how to defend human life and its
from conception to natural death.
Next week, our teens plan to share examples of music, art, and videos that defend and showcase the beauty of human life.