September 2016 Newsletter
REFLECTIONS ON THE
POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
Centrality of the Human Person:
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
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Mission to Evangelize:
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
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PRAYER OF THE MONTH
O God, whose will it is that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, look upon your abundant harvest and be pleased to send workers to gather it, that the Gospel may be preached to all creation and that your people, gathered by the word of life and sustained by the power of the sacraments, may advance in the path of salvation and love. Amen.
--from the Roman Missal
Developments in Our Ministry to Children and Youth
Dear Apostle of Prayer,
In mid-August representatives of the Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM) and the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) from the U.S. and Canada met in Milwaukee. The EYM had its origins in the 1860’s as a way of providing children with a way to support the pope with their prayers and sacrifices. It became the official youth branch of the Apostleship of Prayer in 1915, with the name “Eucharistic Crusade.” Pope St. John XXIII asked that the name be changed to “Eucharistic Youth Movement.” In many places over time the EYM and AoP became separate organizations with little or no connection.
At a centenary celebration in Rome, representatives of the EYM from around the world came together and decided that the EYM and PWPN should work together to ensure that the EYM truly is the PWPN’s youth branch.
When I became director in 2003 I wanted to revive the EYM in the U.S. I didn’t know at the time that it is alive and well, present in 137 parishes around the country with 25,000 members. It is known as the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement. In June our international director, Fr. Frederic Fornos, S.J., came to a VEYM gathering in Illinois and officially recognized the VEYM as part of the worldwide network.
In our recent meeting, we discussed ways to further connect and collaborate. The PWPN will still reach out to families and children with monthly reflections, a blog, and newsletter, but we will also pursue ways that we can serve our younger population through an EYM that wants to reach beyond the Vietnamese community. Stay tuned for future developments and please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide this new venture. God bless you!
Sincerely in the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
(Apostleship of Prayer)