Four youth and Sr. Debrah Funfsinn, director of youth ministry for Immaculate Conception parish, Morris, attended the “One Bread, One Cup” Summer Liturgical Leadership Conference for High School and Campus and Youth Ministers on the campus of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind., from June 17-21.
During the five-day conference, the youth learned about their Catholic faith through sessions of catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and participation in liturgies. They also were trained in liturgical ministries, such as lector, Eucharistic minister and cantor, learning skills that they can use in our parish.
Attending the conference with Sr. Debrah were Tess Hatteberg, Leah Lines, Adam Roseland, and Sarah Roth.
They are very grateful for the sponsorship of parishoners Karen and Jack Hynds, Bob and Priscilla Borgstrom, and Dr. John and Judi Roth.
Here are some of their comments about this conference:
“Through this amazing retreat to St. Meinrad, I was able to take a formation session on prayer. In this class, I learned more deeply about the liturgy of the hours, the rosary, the chaplet of divine mercy, and we also took a personality test to figure out which type of prayer works best with our personalities.
“I had never thought of praying based upon this, but after trying it out, I realized how much more focused I am during prayer now, and how much easier it is to pray.
“I hope that I can share what I learned with our local parish community by helping lead morning and evening prayers during our mission trip to Kentucky in July, and by helping others to understand what type of prayer is most cohesive with their personality."
“From the very beginning, I tried to be optimistic about the experience. My mental and physical health were what I practiced all the time, but never really thought about emotional health. Last week, I dedicated my time focusing on that.
“Although the days were long and tiring, I met people and have memories I will never forget. I am excited to be able to serve our church and community by giving Holy Communion to the sick in hospitals and nursing homes, as well as those in our parish.
“The highlight of my retreat was the Confession service. Going to Confession always makes me nervous, but the priest was relatable and understanding. I am thankful to everyone who made this experience possible for my friends, Sister Debrah, and me.”
“OBOC was an amazing faith and community-building experience. I have never felt as close to people as I did in that short amount of time.
“I enjoyed learning how to cantor and hope to be able to cantor in church soon.”
“I was in the instrumental program at ‘One Bread One Cup.’ I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first, but through the course of the five days, I realized all the people who were so amazing on so many levels.
“The community there was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before in my life. Everyone was so open with each other because we all shared in the same beliefs in faith and that truly brought us together.
“Throughout my classes, I was honored to play guitar at every afternoon Mass, along with two extraordinary violinists, a piano player, and a mixture of people who played the trumpet, flute, and saxophone.
“I learned many different ways of praying, including chanting, introduced to us by the monks, which I might add are so much like us in the way that they live and act, it is comforting.
“They made a really big effort to make children of my age gain a deeper understanding of the liturgy. Overall, this was an experience I would recommend for anyone who wants to deepen their faith, because it truly changed mine.”