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High School Students Attend Disciples on the Journey

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Bishop Burbidge encourages students to rise above the crowd

Approximately 160 high school students and chaperones took part in the annual Disciples on the Journey weekend, October 30-31, 2010. The diocesan-wide gathering for teens in grades 9-12 was held at Short Journey Retreat Center in Smithfield. The event involves an overnight camp-out and features a variety of learning stations and activities on the life and mission of the Church.

This year’s theme was God’s Word is Alive and Active. The keynote speaker was Dr. Greg “Dobie” Moser, from the Diocese of Cleveland. Members of the Diocesan Youth Board conducted special sessions drawing from the theme.

The highlight of the weekend is the Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. The Bishop told them of his awareness of the demands on their time and appreciated that they believed the weekend was important enough to attend the event.

Reflecting on the Scripture reading where Zacchaeus had to rise above the crowd to see Jesus, Bishop Burbidge asked, “In being called to be a disciple, how often do you have to rise above the crowd in order to make a decision about the right thing to do?”

The Bishop encouraged the students to rediscover the “beautiful and powerful sacrament of Penance.” He noted, “That is how the Lord continues to forgive and embrace His people in mercy and love, regardless of the sin.”

In closing, Bishop Burbidge said, “During this Mass, we pray for you. We thank God for the gift you are to the Diocese and the Church. We pray that you’ll remember your call to be disciples of the Lord, to rise above the crowd, with strength that comes from God.”