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Youth learn about liturgy

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

03/22/2017

Teachers Jana Lalach, Janine Baier and Nicole Gursky accompanied Saskatoon youth as they gathered for four half-day training sessions, learning about liturgy, prayer, Scripture, the eucharist, liturgical symbols, music, Catholic traditions, and how to plan liturgical celebrations in their elementary school settings. (Photo by Kiply Yaworski)

SASKATOON — Youth from three Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools recently gathered for four half-day training sessions, learning about liturgy and how to plan liturgical celebrations in their elementary school settings.

Teams of Grade 6 students from Bishop Roborecki, Mother Teresa and Georges Vanier schools took part in this year’s Youth and Liturgy Project, learning more about prayer, Scripture, the eucharist, the liturgical year, liturgical symbols, music and different Catholic traditions.

Teachers Jana Lalach, Janine Baier and Nicole Gursky accompanied youth for the program funded by the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation, and led by Rachele Ng of GSCS Religious Education Services.

Held at local Catholic parishes, the project included an introduction to liturgy Feb. 16 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, a session on liturgy and sacraments March 2 at St. John Bosco Parish, presentations on music in liturgy and on First Nations spirituality March 9 at St. Mary’s Parish, and on Byzantine spirituality and Scripture March 16 at Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God Church.

“The best part of this program for me are the questions the students ask about our Catholic faith — why do we do what we do? As we explore these questions together, we grow in our love for Jesus and in our understanding of the gift of our faith,” said Ng.

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