MONT√ČE JEUNESSE 2006


Durant la grande fin de semaine du mois de mai, j’ai eu la chance de vivre à Québec, la Montée Jeunesse 2006( préparation du Congrès eucharistique international 2008) avec Sr Maryvonne Couraud fdls et quatre jeunes filles: Sarah McDonald de Sudbury, Jennifer Kolz de North Bay, Anne-Louise Colligan et Christiane Kabamba Nkusu d’Ottawa. Une expérience au-delà de mes attentes...

Ce fut tout simplement pour nous une rencontre fraternelle et spirituelle extraordinaire. Les catéchèses, les liturgies signifiantes, le chant vivant, les ateliers avec témoignages, l’envoi avec un engagement concret, tout a contribué à faire de cette expérience d’Église , un événement mémorable. Le Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archevêque de Québec , a tenu à vivre les activités avec les jeunes.

Une chose qui m’a beaucoup touchée, c’est l’objet symbolique, pensé par les jeunes, l’Arche de la Nouvelle Alliance, réalisée par un artiste de Québec, de toute beauté et bénie par notre pape Benoît XVI à Rome, lors d’une rencontre ad limina avec les évêques du Québec. Cette arche nous a aidés à prier et intérioriser tout au long de la fin de semaine. Celle-ci fera le tour du Canada durant l’année qui vient ; les diocèses qui la désirent , pourront s’inscrire.

Je suis revenue de cette expérience, dynamisée et remplie d’espérance de voir tant de jeunes assoiffés de connaître et de suivre Jésus-Christ !

Monique Potvin fdls



Having attended the Youth Summit: La Montée Jeunesse just recently in Québec City was such a gratifying and enriching experience. I am always elated to see the power and interest of youth in our Church, and grateful for the opportunity to take part in events dedicated to youth. It, like other events such as World Youth Day, act as catalysts for so many activities, changes, works and movements in our church and that is because it gives youth the ability to meet with one another and discuss pertinent issues. It provides them the opportunity to see that they are not alone, they have a truly valued key role in the Church, and that they have the abilities and gifts to make whatever they foresee happen. As a member of the youth I can tell you how much this experience was of great value to me, by re-affirming my beliefs, and works in social justice and youth ministry, however I believe the numbers speak for themselves. 

Last year around 200 youth attended this conference in preparation for the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress, and to become closer spiritually and in understanding of the Trinity and the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. This year however, they had 600+ attend, and had to turn many youth away. I hope this serves as an excellent example of the hunger, need and desire of the youth to become more active, more visible and have a larger and more pertinent role in  the  Church.

 
We have come in numbers and this should serve as a sign,  that as Cardinal Ouellet has said "the youth are not the Church or tomorrow, but the Church of TODAY!" This was an incredible experience, one I certainly will not forget for a long time to come, and in saying that I encourage anyone who is interested in attending next year's La Montée or the 2008 Congress whole-heartedly to do so, you will not regret it! God bless, 

Jennifer                 Site à visiter : 49e Congrès international Québec 2008

"Young people are not just the future of the Church they are the present."  This statement was made towards the beginning of the 2006 Youth Summit for the International Eucharistic Congress (CEI 2008) and I think that it really expressed the spirit of the weekend.  We gathered as young people from all across Canada to prepare our hearts and our minds to join the "present" Church at CEI 2008.  Opportunities for worship through song and adoration, for reflection on the vocations of the church and a chance to pray with some of the founders of the Church in Quebec allowed us to proclaim, in often very loud voices, "Here I am".  Br. Marcel Dumont, invited us to bring that same energy and enthusiasm to his ordination.  I think this is exactly what we as young people must bring to CEI 2008.  We are now sent to return to our parishes to continue to prepare, to inspire other to join us and to welcome the Arch of the New Covenant into our diocese as a sign of the indwelling presence of God in the Church and in God's people.  We are called to listen for the "Here I am" of Christ in the Eucharist and to take that message to the world with that same passion that we experienced at the Summit.

Sarah