The Office of Youth and Adult Ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus will be hosting two youth conferences for middle- and high-school students on March 9 and 10, at Bishop Watterson High School. Much of the days’ events will be led by the Diocesan Youth Council, a group of 21 high school students from throughout the diocese who are selected because of their strong leadership experiences and active role in their home parish. The conferences are a place where the youth of the diocese can come together in unity and prayer, and be sent forth to bring Jesus out into the world through their families, schools, and communities.
Bosco Bash is the youth rally for middle-school students in grades 6-8, to be held on March 9. The gathering includes high-energy games and icebreakers geared towards middle schoolers, as well as praise and worship led by Station 14 and Jon Konz, who will also offer the keynote presentation. In addition to games and skits, the day will offer students the opportunity for prayer and small group time with their chaperones, during which they will have time to process the event as a group, explore their encounter with Jesus, and discuss how they might deepen their relationship and friendship with Jesus. Finally, the day includes dinner, Mass, and a service project making blankets for Grace Haven and the minor victims of human trafficking to whom they minister.
Catholic Youth Conference
Similar to the Bosco Bash, the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference is the official Catholic conference for students in grades 9-12, and it will be held March 10. While the two events are similar, the Youth Conference seeks to take students deeper into their faith by offering adoration and confession to the day’s activities. Station 14 and Jon Konz will again lead the praise and worship and share the keynote presentation. In addition, the high school students will engage in workshops on how to strengthen as a man and woman of God, and they will be collecting goods for Grace Haven and its residential house.
A Timeline of our Salvation History
A unique feature of this years’ conferences is an art project that will depict a timeline of the Church’s salvation history and be on display both days. The purpose is to help students view their faith throughout history, and to see themselves as an active player in the story of our faith. In addition to photos and information that will already be a part of the timeline, students at both the middle school and high school conferences will bring pictures to add to the timeline or take photos with Polaroid cameras during the events. The timeline project allows students to experience the universal Church; to help them realize that the Church is bigger than any one parish, and that they are called to be the Body of Christ together.