Participants at the My Gen Rally April 1 in Regina pack “purses” for street people to be distributed by Carmichael Outreach, Transition House, and Sofia House. The purses contain items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, soaps, a blanket, and other useful items. (Photo by Frank Flegel)
REGINA — It was loud and it was fun as about 120 young people from across the Regina archdiocese gathered at O’Neill High School for the annual My Gen Rally on April 1.
”We’ve had about 120 people registered for each of the past five years,” said youth co-ordinator Michelle Braden. “It would be nice to have more come but it seems to be the number God means for us to have because the number has been consistent.”
The two-day theme was “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way,” and featured three talks by Regina inspirational speaker Gabe Dipple. He spoke on leadership and what it means to be a leader, acknowledging not everyone has to be in the spotlight.
Dipple is a Regina videographer who travels across Canada to lead retreats for young people.
Both days were filled with activities — games, including basketball — and opportunities for reconciliation with several priests available at different times. The Regina CWL council hosted a prayer room and Knights of Columbus members looked after providing food for the event.
An after-supper dance on Saturday evening ended the first day of activities. The boys bedded down in one of two gymnasiums and the girls had the upstairs hallways to themselves — all properly chaperoned, of course.
Music over the two days was provided by the Rally Band, a group of young musicians who came together specifically to play for the weekend. Saturday included a Stations of the Cross live skit. Saturday was also a day in which participants were transported to 24 venues around the city to perform social services for a variety of non-government agencies such as the food bank, senior care homes, and shelters.
A large group stayed behind at the school and packed “purses” for street people to be distributed by Carmichael Outreach, Transition House, and Sofia house. The purses contained items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, soaps, a blanket, and other useful items.
Sunday opened with breakfast next door at St. Peter’s church hall followed by more games, a breakout session, the last two talks by Gabe Dipple, and a video of the 2017 My Gen Rally.
Closing mass was celebrated by Rev. John Meehan, SJ, president of Campion College.