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Steubenville South 2009

The 15th annual Steubenville South Catholic Youth Conference was held on June 26-28 2009 in Alexandria LA. Here you will be able to listen and download the talks and homilies given throughout the weekend. You will also find more information about the speakers in the speakers section. You can listen here or get the talks through iTunes by clicking the link on the right.

Keynote: “Choosing Christ” – Mark Hart

This powerful and engaging talk was centered around choosing to pickup our crosses and following Christ. It is a radical choice that will cost something but in light of what we receive, it is nothing.

Catechism and Scripture References:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2466, 2053, 520, 1816, 932, 618, 1709, 546, 1036
Scripture: Matthew 10:37-38, Matthew 16:24, Mark 1:17-18, Mark 8:38, Romans 1:16, 2 Timothy 1:8

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Keynote: “Rooted in Christ” – Shannon Deitz

Shannon’s Sunday morning keynote led the teens into a time of prayer and reflection, introducing and guiding them through Lectio Divina.

Catechism and Scripture References:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2708,2715,2612,2669,2601,1824,2719,2711,787,2700,2654,921,1995,2074,2701,2725,2709,2697,2564
Scripture: Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Mark 6:46, Luke 11:1-6, Romans 12:12, John 15:4-9, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 3:8

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Saturday Homily: “Jesus is the Lamb of God” – Fr. Jose Robles-Sanchez

The purpose of this homily was to highlight the role Christ plays in our salvation as the Lamb of God, to encourage the young people to move past a “What Would Jesus Do?” spirituality and move into a true relationship with Christ and to avoid temptations by saying “Adios Baby”

Catechism and Scripture References:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 617, 603, 1339, 602, 1367
Scripture: John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18, 1 Timothy 2:6, Mark 10:45

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Sunday Homily: “Living the Lordship of Jesus” – Bishop Ronald Herzog

In Bishop Herzog’s homily, he encouraged and challenged th teens to live under the Lordship of Jesus. To help them understand God’s authority, but also his protection and care that comes from submitting their lives to Him everyday.

Catechism and Scripture References:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 450, 304, 648, 1216, 144, 1269, 2097, 1995, 2280, 1900, 2046, 901
Scrpiture: Romans 5:19, John 3:36, Romans 6:16, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Romans 8:7, Romans 10:3, James 4:7

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Workshop: “Making Godly Decisions” – Mary Bielski

This workshop was to provide a basic foundation for determining right and wrong and some practical skills to help young people choose holiness and God’s will.

Catechism and Scripture References:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2343, 1696, 1728, 1777, 2826, 1787
Scripture: Matthew 7:7, Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:17, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Peter 4:17

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Workshop: “Mary and the Saints” – Melea Walden

This workshop was to help teens not only discover the role Saints and Mary can play in their faith lives, but to give them practical tools for developing devotions to these saints.

Catechism and Scripture Reference:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2030, 956, 2683, 828, 2675-2679, 948, 957, 1475, 962, 721
Scripture: Revelation 3:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 4:11-12, 3 John 1:11, Hebrews 6:11-12

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Workshop: “Living Justice/Living Mercy” – Shannon Deitz

Shannon presented a workshop designed to help teens understand the Church’s call to love and serve the poor and to give them practical tips to put this service into practice on a local level.

Catechism and Scripture References:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1033, 1825, 2405, 2443-2449, 1929, 2832, 1889, 1397, 2053, 2820
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 19:21, Matthew 20:25-27

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Workshop: “Vocations: The Path to Holiness” – Fr. Darrin Merlino

In this workshop, Fr. Darrin inspired and challenged the young people to embrace the universal vocation of love and holiness that is each of theirs through Baptism. And as they immerse themselves in this vocation, they will be more disposed to hear the call of God to the religious or married life.

Scripture and Catechism Reference:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1877, 44, 2392, 2085, 2232, 2030, 784, 1603, 2820, 1642, 2331, 826
Scripture: Matthew 9:1, Matthew 4:17-20, Mark 6:7, Luke 6:12-16, Romans 1:1,6-7, 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

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Workshop: “The Mass – The Power and Presence of God” – Mark Hart

This workshop given by Mark Hart was designed to reinforce in the minds and hearts of the teens that in the Mass, no matter where they are, Jesus is there – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. To challenge them to prepare their hearts and minds to give and receive as much as possible during the Mass.

Scripture and Catechism References
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1374, 1358, 2827, 1324, 1325, 1365-1367, 1394
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:20, John 6:1-6, Revelation 19:7-9, Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 24:35

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Workshop: “Exposing Lies” – Bob Lesnefsky

This is a talk given by Bob Lesnefsky that focuses on helping teens understand the lies that permeate youth culture, to give them tools to help them see through the lies, and to expose the lies that might be already infecting their thoughts and hearts.

Scripture and Catechism Reference:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2852, 2484, 392, 2486, 2483, 2847, 844, 2470, 1954, 215, 2466, 2468, 2500
Scripture: Hebrews 4:12, John 14:6, 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 John: 5:7, John 8:44, Romans 1:25, Colossians 3:9

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