Youth respond to community’s needs with local mission ‘trip’

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Every year the Becker/Big Lake youth group from Mary of the Visitation Parish participates in a mission trip. For many years, they traveled out of state. This year, for the second time, the group, which calls itself, “Youth for Truth,” served the local community instead of heading somewhere else. The…

Service takes on new meaning for Cathedral students

The Visitor asked Erin Anderson, a junior at Cathedral in St. Cloud, pictured in photo at right, to reflect on her recent trip to the Dominican Republic, part of the Global Issues class at the school. The trip was planned and led by teacher Dick McMorrow. “All trips I lead from Cathedral have the same…

‘Ignite’ events seek to fire up youth about faith

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor On a blustery Sunday night, about 50 youth from central Minnesota slipped on their coats and gloves and headed to Holy Family School in Sauk Centre. Friendly teenagers greeted them at the door, directing them to locations for volleyball, basketball and board games. Lively chatter filled the hallways and overflowed…

Musician John Angotti to keynote youth rally

The Visitor The 26th annual St. Cloud Diocesan Senior High Youth Rally, with the theme “Rise Up,” will be from 11:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at St. John’s University in Collegeville. John Angotti, a Tennessee musician and writer of Christian music, is the featured keynoter. Although he recently was injured in a…

Praying for the children

Holdingford youth pay tribute at children’s cemetery  Twenty-one teens and five chaperones from the Holdingford Area Catholic Youth group traveled July 28 to Owatonna, Minn., to tour the Museum of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children, and Cottage 11. Harvey Ronglien, who had spent much of his life at the facility,…

Good friends vs. other friends

By Karen Osborne Catholic News Service What is a true friend? When I was younger, friendship was defined more by convenience than by choice. My best friend at school was the kid who always let me eat her candy. My best friend at day care was the only other girl who preferred reading instead of…

A Catholic’s responsibility: learn, live, lead

April 11, 2014, edition The Father Pierz Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus sponsor an annual essay contest for St. Cloud’s Cathedral School students from grades eight through 11 with the topic “The responsibility of the Catholic citizen.” This year’s contest drew about 150 entries, according to Lynn Grewing, principal of Cathedral School….

I am sent

August 30, 2013, edition By Megan Behrens Lately when people ask me what I’m doing with my life, I get two very different reactions to my response; half the people will light up and say “How exciting! What an adventure!” and the others will ask with confusion “Isn’t that scary? Aren’t you nervous?” God has…