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
Last Wednesday, we had game, presentation and video. We played game that involves critical thinking as our group needs to name a food, country, animal, fruit, person’s name, country/city/continent, and a brand based on a chosen alphabet letter. Everyone was very excited to say their answers hoping to get a unique answer in the group. Then, we showed the presentation about how certain rulers like Hitler used violence to create their own peace but also about the other rulers like Martin Luther King who use non-violence to create peace and were successful. After that, we saw two videos. One is a clip of Jackie Chan’s movie showing how he fights with two people for something they want but the children know a good solution to the problems, which was to have peaceful communication and dialogue with each other. The other video was about two boys that get along with each other even though their own countries are at war. The children learnt how they slowly accept and give each other and become close, regardless of the conflict of their countries.
On June 16th, IY kids in the Bronx showed a film titled "Children of Heaven", filmed in Iran, that continued with our monthly theme on Giving and Helping others. This movie was jam packed with daily examples of how a young poor boy tries to help his younger sister after having lost her only pair of shoes. The sacrifices he goes through develops into a very interesting drama! Don't forget to join us next session to watch the end of this fascinating film.
At the end of the meeting the children were encouraged to participate in the annual Idente Youth Summer Camp with the demonstration of some of the pictures from the last year summer camp. Once again thanks to all the kids who gave extraordinary reflection on the movie to all the kids.
Our Idente Youth, in the Bronx, had an interesting discussion about relationship with others. We realize that, many times, we have narrow standards on who should be our friends. Our treatment with others should not depend on their physical beauty, skills, reaction and attitudes, etc., but depend on their human dignity as we would be happy to be loved as we are as children of God. While being open-hearted and merciful to everyone, however, we also learnt that we have to avoid friendship that is harmful to our relationship with God. (5/11/2016)
Hope you can join us for our next teens' meeting this Wednesday at 6:00pm at St. Dominic's Church! For more information, please call us at (347) 948-3122 or check out our website:www.identeyouth.us.
Last Wednesday our Idente Youth talked about some of the main concerns of people in our society. We wrote letters to help people with challenges such as loneliness, depression, family problems and bullying. The teens then exchanged letters and found out possible solutions for some of these problems. Hope you can join us for our next teens' meeting this Wednesday at 6:00pm at St. Dominic's Church. For more information, please call us at (347) 948-3122 or check out our website: www.identeyouth.us. Thanks! (3/30/2016)
On January 18, our Idente Youth had an ice-skating trip to Lasker Rink in Central Park. Together with Idente Youth in Santa Maria, we had more than 30 teens and kids. We enjoyed not only skating in the Rink but also building our friendships. We would like to welcome more teens and kids in our next trips. Also, last Wednesday we had an amazing discussion about love, based on 1st Corinthians 13. We talked about our weaknesses in loving others, and made up our mind to transform our selfishness into love. If you are interested in our Idente Youth activities, join us this Wednesday at 6:00pm at St. Dominic's church. For more info, please visit our website: www.identeyouth.us.
- Bro. Michael
Our Idente Youth Teens had a great turnout in our first Wednesday, 1/6/2016, meeting with a good number of participants and richness of our topic. We discussed healthy communication. We learned about paying attention to people who are speaking to us. Sometimes, phones or selfishness do not nurture in-person communication. We realized that it is important to make our best efforts to make our conversation more creative, active and flowing.
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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!
Last Saturday our Idente Youth Teens prepared for their play for Atheneum (cultural artistic performance). They worked together on making a script and practiced the play. The Atheneum is going to be hosted by Idente Youth from Our Lady of Loreto in Long Island on the 22nd of November. All the Idente Youth groups in New York are going to have a get-together and enjoy sharing one another's talent.
Our Idente Youth Teens watched a film, ‘Homeless to Harvard’ together, a true story of a girl from the Bronx who overcame many obstacles. Despite living homeless without her parents who neglected her, she worked hard to attend and excel in high school, and eventually enter Harvard University on a full scholarship. Our teens learned from the film that it is important to have someone in our life who guide us in the right path. They also shared that we are more than our difficult circumstances and with God's help, we can overcome them and become stronger. Beginning this week, our teens meeting (6th to 11th grade) will move to a new day and time: Saturdays from 11:00am to 12:30pm at St. Dominic's. For Idente Youth Kids (3rd to 5th grade) there will be no change in their weekly meetings.