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Young Adult Evangelization & Discipleship Contact:

Wayne Topp
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100 E. Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2193
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2734
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Young Adult E-zine October 2015

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YoungAdult E-zine

October 2015


Thirsting for More? Theology on Tap continues! TOT is a lecture and discussion series for people in their 20’s and 30’s, single or married, sponsored by Catholic parishes and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We meet in a local restaurant for food, drink and lively discussion about things that matter to you and the Catholic faith. TOT Clifton begins their weekly series at various locations around Cincinnati on Wednesday October 7, and go to this link for TOT Northern Kentucky, run by the Srs. of Divine Providence, which is a bi-monthly series that began September 21. See you there!

WYD2016_200x150World Youth Day 2016 Krakow: The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has teamed up with Mission Youth to offer a pilgrimage package for World Youth Day 2016! Mission Youth invites all young men and women ages 16-35 to join youth from all over the world to celebrate their Catholic faith with Pope Francis at WYD in Krakow, Poland. The trip, July 21-Aug. 2, 2016, includes 5 days of pilgrimage in the homeland of St. JP II (including visits to Auschwitz, the Black Madonna and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy), followed by 6 days of WYD events. For more information go to the Mission Youth website or contact Maria Gaviria at

40DaysLife150x150Stand Firm for Life! 40 Days for Life 2015 Campaign: The Greater Cincinnati 2015 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign takes place September 23 through November 1. Vigils will be conducted at Planned Parenthood’s abortion headquarters (2314 Mt. Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, 45219) every Friday from 7-8 PM. All ages, young and old, are welcome to join in this concert of prayer for protections for and renewed understanding of the beautiful gift of human life, plus hope and healing for those suffering from past decisions or actions. For directions and/or other information, please go to the 40 Days for Life website at

The National Catholic Collegiate Conference will again be offered in conjunction with the popular National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Nov. 19-21. NCCC participants will share in the same awesome opening ceremonies and closing mass as NCYC participants, but everything in between will be a unique and powerful faith experience designed just for young adults post high school to 24 years old. For more information and to register, go to

justicewalking150Justice Walking: Are your youth or young adults seeking to respond with compassion to our world? Invite them to walk the way of Gospel justice with JusticeWalking. This prayerful process brings young people and adults into community in order to practice Gospel-based living. Over the course of the program, J-Walkers dialogue, reflect, and experiment with the application of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching to their lives. The JusticeWalking program comes in two versions: one for youth in high school, and one for college students and young adults. For more information, go to

Join YOUTH 2000 in Northern Kentucky: Hop across the river to Villa Madonna Academy (2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017) for the 10th annual Covington Diocese Eucharistic retreat weekend from 7 PM Oct. 9 to 12. Cost is $50 per participant. This is not an overnight, but the price includes Saturday meals and optional light breakfasts. One eligible adult can chaperone up to seven minors; see website for rules. $50 per participant, financial aid on request. Open to ages 13 to 30. Visit for schedule, info, and forms. “Jesus will be there. Will you?”

YAs looking at eachotherYoung Adult Weekend Retreat: Choosing to be Catholic.  Why do you choose to be Catholic? Whether you were raised Catholic, decided to become Catholic later in life, came back after drifting away or have been here all along, join us to reflect on what the commitment to being Catholic looks like in your day-to-day life. This retreat, Nov. 6-8, for young adults and led by a team of young adults, will be held at St. Joseph Heights, (1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, 41011). Cost is $40.  For more information visit or contact Sister Ruth Lubbers at 859-392-8118.

laudato_si-150Living in Communion with Creation: Towards Ecological Conversion. The Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford (along with Bellarmine Chapel and Xavier University), will present a two day program on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment ‘On Care For Our Common Home.’ The program will begin on Friday Oct. 9 at 6:30 PM, and extends through Saturday, Oct. 10. Through prayer, reflection, presentation and discussion, we will focus on Pope Francis’ critical theme of ecological conversion. As this theme is lifted up and grappled with, the Pope’s remarks concerning the vision and spirituality of Francis of Assisi will be given particular and prayerful attention. For more information or to register, call (513) 248-3500, ext. 10, or visit

The Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford offers silent retreats rooted in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. An experienced retreat director presents the materials on a particular theme, provides reflections on the Scriptures and offers methods of how to grow closer to our loving God. Retreats include daily Mass, periods for private reflection and devotions, spiritual direction, and reconciliation and healing services. An upcoming week-long retreat date is Nov. 29-Dec. 6, but arrangements can be made for shorter stays. For more information on other retreats or to register, call (513) 248-3500, ext. 10, or visit

Listen….With the Ear of the Heart: A retreat for single women : The Benedictine Sisters at St. Walburg Monastery (2500 Amsterdam Rd.,  Villa Hills, KY 41017), invite single women to a great opportunity to pray with the sisters, be with others who are seeking God and relax. Join them the weekend of Nov. 6-8 (the retreat begins at 7 PM Friday and ends Sunday at 1 PM). For more information and to register, please contact Sr. Cathy Bauer, OSB at or (859) 331-6324.

SNDdeNAre you a young woman looking for a quiet place to pray with a supportive community? The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur invite you to join them on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3:45-4:45 for Eucharistic Adoration: evening prayer, quiet and Benediction. St. Julie Chapel is located at 699 East Columbia Avenue in Reading. For more information, call Joan Krimm, SNDdeN at (513) 679-8180.

Vibrant Faith @ Home: From young children to grandparents, young singles and new couples, this resource if for anyone who wants to make their home a place of faith for any stage in life. Just create a FREE username at and you will find tools, tips and resources to help families or young adults talk to each other about faith, pray together, ritualize their important moments and reach out in service. Their simple, yet powerful faith-forming activities are seasonally based with 60 brand new faith-forming activities uploaded each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Check it out today.

death penaltyPromote Understanding of the Death Penalty at Your Parish: In February 2011, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr along with all the Ohio bishops issued a statement saying the death penalty ought not be available in Ohio. Schedule to utilize one or more of the following resources through the Archdiocese:

  • A presentation for your meetings.
  • A stand-alone event for your region/parish.
  • 3 minute witness for the end of Mass with the possibility for Q & A after Mass
  • A link of the Death Penalty Panel for our own information and sharing with others, can be found at . Search for May 26, 2015.

Contact: Brian Igel at; Allison Reynolds-Berry at; Tony Stieritz at; Colleen Gerke at or Caron Bergen at for more information.

TimeForTheFamily_150Time for the Family: After the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family and as preparations are underway for the 2015 Synod on the Family, members of the 2010 graduating class of the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC., decided that now is a unique time to share the education entrusted to them at the John Paul II Institute. Thus, Time for the Family, was born. For those searching for answers to questions about marriage and the family, this site will serve as a place to read and reflect, continually growing in gratitude for the gift of the family. Feel free to visit –new articles are posted frequently–and spread the word about this new resource with others. Check it out!

Busted Halo is a virtual ministry experience for all young adults in their 20s and 30s, including those who don’t consider themselves “religious” but have spiritual questions about life, love, and God. The Busted Halo website includes weekly downloadable podcasts, daily articles looking at the spiritual side of real life, a church search to find young adult-friendly churches around the country, videos, games, links to Busted Halo’s nightly show on satellite radio, blogs, online shopping, and more links to spiritual opportunities for young adults. Check them out at

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ABOUT THE E-Zine: The Young Adult Ministry E-Zine is a periodic on-line publication of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry frequently forwards information about church-related youth adult events and opportunities as a service to young adults of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Forwarding information does not imply Archdiocesan endorsement, sponsorship or approval. Peace, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry