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Cast Your Nets: Sunday, January 29th January 24, 2012

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This weekend there is an exciting opportunity for teens from Our Lady of Victory (and all over the Cincinnati area) to join in a youth rally called Cast Your Nets at Good Shepherd parish from 5-9pm. This event includes live music, a guest speaker, confession and Mass and, of course, food (Pizza to be exact) all for the price of $5 per person! This event is entering its 5th year and this will be the first year that we will be able to attend. 

Cast Your Nets is open to teens in grades 7-12 with a special emphasis on high school teens. However, for those preparing for confirmation, this would be a great way to get excited about living out your faith in your everyday life as a Catholic confirmed and sealed by the Holy Spirit. (It’s also a great way to get personal growth service hours!)

To sign up, simply leave a comment on this post or call Wayne and Marianne Topp (contact info found on all parish bulletins) and print off the Cast Your Nets permission slip, fill it out and bring it with you on Sunday.

We will leave for Cast Your Nets at 4:00 from the Convocation Center parking lot and return at 10:00. Remember, this event includes Sunday Mass, so if you have homework left on Sunday, get it done in the morning.  See you then!


Updates and Reminders December 29, 2011

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I just finished updating our upcoming events page to include all that we have planned so far in the New Year! Go check it out!

Also, just a reminder to everyone who might be interested, Alive in You Registrations will be closed on January 30th, so please send us a message saying you are definitely interested in going and send into the parish office a check made out to Our Lady of Victory (with “Alive in You Registration” in the memo line). When I hear from the office, that you have paid I will send in your official registration. I hope you can join us!

Advent and Christmas Activities December 16, 2011

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This Sunday is our first ever monthly Bible Study meeting following the 9:30 AM Mass at OLV. We will be reading over the Sunday Scriptures, having conversation and generaly enjoying the Panera Bread goodies. We’ll also be learning how to make chaplet rosaries from nylon chord. It is sure to be a good time. Bring a Bible (if you have one), some money for food and drink (optional), a lighter (if you have one), and a friend. I expect this meeting to last until about 12:30 and you can be free to stick around or head out at any point.

On December 28th, we’re heading downtown for some ice skating on Fountain Square. After we get good and cold we’ll retreat to the youth group room to make some fleece blankets for those who have to endure the cold every day! Meet at the OLV parking lot, in front of the convocation center, at 5:00 pm and the night should end around 9:00. Bring $10 to cover the cost of skating and pizza, warm clothes, and a friend. 🙂 No artistic or craft talents required.

Hope to see you all soon and if I miss you, may you have a very blessed end to the Advent season and a very merry Christmas!

Alive in You 2012! November 18, 2011

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It is that time of year again, a time when we begin to prepare for the birth of our Lord at Christmas and we register our group for our summer mission trip with Alive in You! It seems silly to combine those two into one sentence, but, hey, they both involve lots of preparation, anticipation, and excitement, so we’ll go with it.  Also, while Jesus’ birth is far superior in importance to, well, anything, it is precisely the news of his birth, death and resurection that we have been called to spread as a Catholic Church. That is our mission; that is our purpose in going on Alive in You!

This year’s trip will be June 26-July 2, 2012 and we’ll be serving the people of Greensboro, NC. The theme this year is THE SOURCE, which references Catechism paragraph #1324 when it refers to the Eucharist as “the source and summit of the Christian life.” As in years past, participants will be crammed into cars for a long drive to the event, followed by 5 nights of sleeping on hard classroom floors, late nights, early mornings and hard work. Oh and a live band, good food, lots of high energy games and craziness, a chance to meet people from across the nation and overall a conference and mission trip that is sure to please anybody who attends and will challenge you to grow as a Catholic and as a child of God.

If this sounds interesting to you, here are the details you’ll need to know:

– Cost: $300 per person plus the cost of transportation (approximately $100-150)

– Ages: Graduating 8th graders and older

– Registration deadline: initial numbers will be submitted on November 30th. Final numbers will be submitted no later than January 30th

– Registration process: All who attend are asked to submit a non-refundable deposit of $80 with their registration to the OLV Parish Office. Upon registration you agree that you are responsible for the entire cost of the event and that in order to receive money from our group fundraisers, you must participate.

If you are on the fence about whether or not you want to go but are definitely interested, please leave a message and I’ll put you on a standby list and keep bugging you until you agree to come with us tabs on your decision process! We would love to have you join us this year and I look forward to having the largest group at the camp! 🙂

Reds Game Outing March 17, 2011

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On Saturday, April 16th, the Reds will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 in the first Reds Faith Day game of the year.  We will be leaving OLV at 12:15 pm in order to make it to the stadium and find a parking spot in time to make it to our seats for the first pitch!

We will stick around after the game for a special FREE concert by award winning Christian music artist, Jeremy Camp! He has been in the Christian music market since 2005 and already has 17 #1 hits including “Walk by Faith” (written after the death of his young wife),  and “Jesus Saves“!

In order to cover the cost of both tickets and parking, the cost of the outing is $18* per person.  We will return after the concert.

If you are intersted in attending, please call Wayne and Marianne Topp (info can be found on the flyer below) or leave a comment on this post. You can also send an email to mwtopp(at)gmail(dot)com. Don’t forget to print off and have a parent sign the Reds Faith Day Liability Form!

Reds Faith Day flyer

Upcoming Events: St. Patrick’s Day Party and Rosaries and Rock Climbing March 10, 2011

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We’ve got some really exciting stuff planned for you in the very near future and I hope you can all make it!

First, next Thursday, March 17th (a week from today), is a St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Dominic Church. The party begins at 7:00 and ends around 8:30. We’ll have snacks and drinks. You provide the people to share it with! The event is open to all teens in grades 7-12 and all participants must have the 2011 Permission and Medical Release Form for Meetings filled out and signed by a parent.

Secondly, on Sunday, April 3rd is a great outing called Rosaries and Rock Climbing. We’ll begin in the youth room at Our Lady of Victory and Marianne and I will teach you how to make a single decade rosary out of nylon chord. After each person has had a chance to make theirs, we will head to Rock Quest Climbing Center in TriCounty to work with some more ropes.  At the end we will take a break for drinks and snacks and head back home. The whole day runs from 1:00 to 8:00 pm and promises to be a great time!

This event requires two permission slips:

  1. The Archdiocesan Permission Slip for the full event, and
  2. The Rock Quest Waiver (on the liability form: information should be about the climber (including climber’s initials)and signed by the climber in addition to the parent; on the code of conduct form: climber should intial on all lines and sign)

Leave a comment if you are coming to either one!

Theology of the Body for Teens: Retreat!! February 3, 2011

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On March 18-20, 2011 an awesome new retreat is coming for teens in grades 9-12 called the Theology of the Body for Teens Retreat! This retreat takes a 10 week course and molds it into a three day retreat in which teens will be able to ask difficult questions of themselves and their faith and come out with a deeper understanding of who they are, who they were created to be, and how they fit into society today. The theology being explored in this retreat was first put into words by the late Pope John Paul II (soon to be Blessed Pope John Paul II) and provides for fantastic material for personal growth in the Faith and in your relationship with Christ.

I highly recommend this retreat, which is being held at the Marydale Retreat Center in Erlanger, KY and costs only $50 for the entire weekend (scholarships may be available if you want to go and can’t afford the full price). The team in charge of this retreat is highly skilled at leading retreats and I can guarantee your enjoyment. It will be educationally and spiritually uplifting and challenging, but it will also be a great deal of fun and an opportunity to meet more young people just like you.

Please check it out and let me know if you intend to go.

Here is the Theology of the Body for Teens Retreat Flyer.

Here is the Registration Information.

2011 Youth Renew Retreat: Strengthen our Hands January 13, 2011

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Strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble. Hebrews 12:12

St. Dominic’s Annual Youth Renew Retreat is coming! January 28-30, 2011 marks the awesome annual retreat put on by St. Dominic’s Youth Group and they have extended a special invitation to our group to join them. This retreat, which is planned and run by teens, usually draws anywhere from 35-50 teens and so it is a great opportunity to meet and hang out with other teens just like you who care about their faith and their relationship with Jesus!

Here are the details that I know:

This is the only retreat of its kind within a 40 minute radius!!!

Start time: 6:30-6:45 pm check-in on January 28
End time: 3:00 pm on January 30th
Pre-registration through Tim Langlitz, St. Dominic’s Youth Minister
Cost of this two-night retreat is only $10 + a 2 liter of pop and a snack to share. That’s a huge deal!

More information: www.stdominicyouth.com
Permission slip: 2011 Youth Renew Retreat
Informational pamphlet: Youth Renew Retreat Pamphlet

Cyclones Hockey! January 11, 2011

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The two time Kelly Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones will be in action once again on Saturday, February 12th at 7:30 pm against the Florida Everblades, and we’re taking a group to catch the action!

To draw you in, that night the Cyclones will be selling $1 Donato’s pizza!!  Also, if any of the younger brothers and sisters want to join us, the first 2000 kids, ages 2-12, will receive a free Twister bank courtesy of US Bank.

To get a chance for super cheap, amazingly delicious pizza, contact us by January 31st to let us know, then fill out this Hockey Game Release Form and come to OLV at 6:30 with $15 to cover the cost of the tickets and parking.

Looking Forward to the New Year December 28, 2010

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Tomorrow marks the last Youth Ministry event of 2010 and we have a whole year ahead of us just waiting to be filled with meetings, events, fundraisers, service projects and growth in faith and in numbers! We are excited about what is in store for us and we hope that we will be able to better help the youth of our parish and community become more fully engaged in the Catholic faith and be willing to live that out in their daily lives.

For those who can make it, I hope to see you tomorrow. For those who can’t, may you keep the joy of Christ’s presence in your heart during this season of Christmas and may God bless and keep you throughout this new year!