Internationally known youth event coming to Midland

YOUTH 2000 offers three days of fun, fellowship and Christian growth

Young people around the world have responded with great enthusiasm with YOUTH 2000 retreats, and this internationally-known event will be held in Midland Jan. 26 through 28 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 4601 Neely Ave. All young people, ages 13 to 30, are invited.

“YOUTH 2000 Retreats have provided a means for young people to develop a deep and lasting personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Suzie Fusco of YOUTH 2000 U.S.A. “Young people gain a solid foundation upon which to build their lives.

Begun in 1990, YOUTH 2000 is a response to the challenge of the late Pope John Paul II given to young people at World Youth Day in Spain to “become shining heralds of the re-evangelization and generous architects of the civilization of love.” YOUTH 2000 responds to this challenge by helping young people strengthen their love for the Holy Eucharist and to bear witness to the role Jesus has in their lives.

Michael Hill, 18, who attended a YOUTH 2000 Retreat two years ago in Midland, said, “I would recommend it to anyone. I was able to share my Catholic faith with 600 other teens. Just come and have a good time, and give God the glory.”

Young people are given the opportunity during the retreat to grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith and to deepen their commitment to the service of the Church and others. During the three-day Retreat, young people will spend time in prayer, adoration, singing, listening to lively talks, and sharing with other young people. 

The Retreat on Friday is from 6:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $40 per person, which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday.

For more information, contact Dennis Robson, St. Stephen’s pastoral associate, at (432) 520-7394 or (432) 978-6570. Registration forms are available at St. Stephen’s web site, http://www.ststephensmidland.org/.

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