Keeping Up With The Conclave

And, we’re back. This winter has been one of the busiest yet for Madison Catholic Youth, with rEVOLution of Love, March for Life, Frassati Fest and Planning Day all in the span of less than a month. Follow up the events of the past month with a rockin’ Benefit Dinner for our beloved Diocesan summer camp, which the primary editor of these pages chaired, and you have found an explanation for the silence on this blog.

In the coming days and weeks, things hardly promise to slow down with the launch of the Love Begins Here registration in the coming days and the events surrounding the election of our next Holy Father. However, there will be a renewed commitment to this very blog in the weeks to come, in order to help you navigate the news, events and goings on of the time.

To begin, today marks the first day of a new effort on the blog, suggested by the incredible Jess Davis, youth minister out in Sun Prairie at Sacred Hearts. There’s a lot out there in the world to read and take in for those of us who either love the Church and/or work for the Church. How do you know which books to pick up, blogs to read, twitter accounts to follow and Facebook pages to like without feeling incredibly overwhelmed by the decisions alone?

Here comes the help. Every week, right here on the blog, we will present Wanderer Wednesday, where we will highlight books, blogs and other social media sites to help you not wander aimlessly when searching for the best Catholic resources online and in print.

Wanderer Wednesday

Today’s Wanderer Wednesday is going to feature my favorite of each media site I will be using in the next month to follow the conclave and events leading up to the election of our new Holy Father.

First off, as a bonus, check out this great video from Lifeteen paying tribute to Pope Benedict XVI and his great love of the youth. (Thanks to Jenna Keller for the sharing of this one!) The past eight years have certainly been blessed for the young Church.

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A Favorite BlogWhispers In The Loggia
Rocco Palmo, a young adult from Philadelphia, has been breaking news to the Church throughout the world for years. At times like these, he is gifted at providing a bit of commentary on the latest, while including the full texts of the most recent speeches, homilies and news items. While the Vatican’s news page was down the morning of February 11th due to heavy traffic, when Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision, readers (like me) were able to visit Whispers for the full text without any problems. Rocco’s twitter feed is good to follow, as well.

This Handy Facebook Pagenews.va
The most current of Catholic news is always shared through this Facebook page, but I think the greatest service it provides are beautiful photographs of the latest universal Church events. A bonus is that they are easily sharable for your friends, so you can take part in the new evangelization with ease.

The Pope’s TwitterPontifex
While this Twitter is going to lay dormant during the conclave, during this time of sede vacante, the beat on the street is that the Pope will tweet one last time before his resignation tomorrow. And, it will be exciting to see how quickly our new Holy Father embraces his Twitter feed.

Reliable Secular NewsNBC + Fr. Robert Barron
Master of the new evangelization and the mind behind the Catholicism series, Fr. Robert Barron, has signed on with NBC to cover the news for their networks over the coming weeks. Fr. Barron is gifted at sharing the truth of the Church with the world, and I think it will be worthwhile to tune in and listen to his coverage.

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Streaming Catholic NewsEWTN
Anyone with cable will be able to tune into EWTN to catch the live coverage of the Pope leaving the Vatican, the events of the conclave and the eventual outpouring of the white smoke from the roof of the Sistine Chapel. In theory anyone with a steady internet connection should be able to tune in, as well (via their website linked above); though, it seems like their server may not be able to handle their own popularity very well. Hopefully in the coming days they will increase their bandwidth and live streaming will be more widely available.

As with many things Catholic in the world, the news is often provided by means of support from the faithful. Perhaps consider in the coming weeks, how you can prayerfully and financially support those news outlets you frequent most, be it Rocco, EWTN or your local Parish and holy priests!

Hopefully this was a good kick off of Madison Catholic Youth’s Wanderer Wednesday. Check back on future Wednesdays for more resources, so you can stay in the know without spending too much time wandering on your own!

Planning day has arrived!

Note: This post will make full sense come Monday, February 11th. We decided to post it a day early in order to have the right links ready to go for the e-mail in the morning!

Welcome to this year’s St. John Bosco Planning Day! We are happy you are here. Below is a link to the CoverItLive event, where you can see the play by play of the day as it happens. Please follow along when you are able. Also, you will be able to come back and read through this transcript whenever you would like.

If you let us know at any point today that you are reading along or participating from a distance, we will enter you in for a door prize —

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Pretty cool items up for grabs this year, right? Feel free to join the conversation whenever you are able, ask questions and give your feedback.

No worries if you are not able to join in during the day. We will be sending along a follow up package in the mail to everyone who did not attend to gather information and give everyone a voice in the planning for the future of Madison Catholic Youth.

Click Here to join the Planning Day Session Online!

St. John Bosco Day — Coming soon!

John Bosco Day

After a busy month of January for Madison Catholic Youth with a rEVOLution of Love event, the March for Life Pilgrimage and Frassati Fest all in a row, we did not pay fitting tribute to the Patron of the Young – St. John Bosco.

| Sidebar: Due to the busy events of this past month, this dear blog has been a bit neglected. However, the facebook and twitter were rockin’ during all of those events. Please follow along on those social media sites to see what great things happened during those events. And one of these days, we’ll see some further reflection on said events.|

Back to St. John Bosco, patron of the young and the poor. This very blog also neglected to honor his feast day on January 31st. Despite the lack of blogging gratitude, we would remiss to not mention how grateful we are for his intercession upon the youth of the Church and the Diocese.

In honor of his feast day, we are holding this year’s St. John Bosco Youth Formation + Ministry Planning Day this Monday! (Hopefully this isn’t the first you have heard about it — it’s been in the last two e-mail updates from Lindsay.) Details are as follows –

Bishop O’Connor Center
8:45am – Gathering
9:00am – Planning Session 1
11:00am – Spiritual Reflection + Prayer
Noon – Holy Mass
12:45pm – Lunch (On us!)
1:30pm – Planning Session 2
3:00pm – Goodbye!

If you are coming and have not had a chance to RSVP, go ahead and leave a comment here. We’ll gladly take you without having done so, but this will just help in planning.

For those who are not going to be able to make it on this day, stay tuned right here on the blog where there will be interactive features throughout the day + summaries posted, so you can participate from afar!