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What is your reason for not joining a parish as a young adult? Is it because your parents are already registered at a parish, and you mostly attend Mass with them? Is it because you haven’t bought a house yet, and you don’t want the commitment to a Parish? Or is it something else, like you haven’t decided on a parish yet or you are too busy to become a parishioner? I know all of these were reasons why I didn’t become a parishioner until I was about 25 years old.

            My first awareness of needing to become a parishioner was when I was 21 or 22 years old. I was helping out at what I thought was my parish’s youth group. Then came time for the annual appeal, and after I submitted my form, I got a call from a Deacon there, telling me, I was not in fact a registered parishioner. My parents were, but as an adult, I was on my own. I wish I could tell you that woke me up, and I became a parishioner that day, but of course not. It wouldn’t be for another couple of years before I had a conversation with my brother about joining a parish.

            My brother, Sean, started calling me on my excuses for not joining a parish. If I joined a parish, and then bought a house, I could in fact switch parishes. He also told me that joining a parish would help me budget my money more, because I would need to budget in my tithing. And while 10% of your income seems very large, it helps break it down to an easier and more consistent task. Also, once you register, your voice of need becomes a little more heard. A parish doesn’t know it needs a young adult group if there are no young adults registered there.

            There are many more reasons to join a parish. Young Catholic Professionals of Omaha wants those reasons to outweigh the excuses stopping you from joining. So, if your busy schedule or you are struggling with deciding which parish to join is why you haven’t registered, please stop by the table at the different YCP events in the next couple of months. We have forms, online documents, and calendar dates provided to get your registered. We can even help you decide on a parish based on your current address.

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Faithfulness

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Be Still

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The Gradual Metanoias

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Giving Beyond The Basket

Giving Beyond the Basket
by Jim Gerner
The most recent volunteering event for YCP Omaha was 9 AM on Saturday, August 11th at the Saint Martin de Porres Center.  We had about twelve volunteers show up to help weed and maintain their garden.
The group did a great job pulling weeds as we filled a compost pile and a pickup truck bed with all of the overgrown weeds.  The raised garden areas for the food producing plants were weed free.  The fence around the garden had the overgrown grasses and plants removed.  Even the sign next to the driveway was more visible with the weeds in front of it taken out.  The person in charge from Saint Martin de Porres was happy when we finished with the garden’s improvement.
Normally, we help charities by giving money in the collection basket.  However, I think our group did more for Saint Martin de Porres Center’s garden than a collection would have done.  We should keep donating in the collection basket, but we need to give our time and talents too.
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Obedience

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Everything Happens for a Reason? Yeah Right!

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Step into His office

It is known by different names for different forms-Divine Office, Liturgy of the Hours, the Roman Breviary etc. and one form or another has been my constant prayer companion for the last decade or so. The Office is the “other” liturgy (besides the Mass) of the Church few people are familiar with though it has been an integral part of the Church’s spiritual life for time immemorial
I truly believe the Office is a woefully underused form of prayer in the Church today by laypeople though I have seen some greater popularity than I had before I went to the seminary. Priests and Religious are typically bound to recite the Office to some degree according to their particular state in life or charism. Lay people are welcome to also pray the Office but obviously there is no obligation to do so. The Office is comprised of (to make a long story short) a grouping of Psalms and prayers split up into sections called “hours” that are typically prayed at different parts of the day. This serves to help sanctify the day by coming to a few moments set aside specifically for prayer, and doing so knowing that one is joining their prayer to an official prayer of the Church. 
What the Office has taught me, besides persistence, is to live liturgically. The Office celebrates all the feast days of the Church in concert with the Mass and by always calling to mind the saints, the various mysteries of our Lord and Lady’s lives (As an aside, the Rosary ‘Our Lady’s Psalter’ and the Office are intimately connected. The 150 Hail Marys from the 5 decades of each of the 3 traditional came from representing the 150 Psalms in King David’s Psalter which were once all recited in a week in the Office.) the various other celebrations of the Church year as they come year after year. It helps make the Faith an integral and abiding part of you instead of something you just happen do on Sunday and big events. It’s a great blessing to be able to dip into, as one is able, the vast spiritual current of both the Church Militant and Triumphant by participating in a actual Liturgical prayer of Holy Mother Church. God bless! 
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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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His Presence

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