The Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC,) an annual Catholic gathering of youth from northern and other parts of B.C and Alberta is set for April 30 to May 2. This year’s theme for DYC 2010 is faithbook. Our culture is immersed in mass media and has embraced communication technology big time, says a DYC press release on the idea behind the theme.
“Young people have led the way in using the various networking systems for connecting with others. How does all this affect our relationships with others? In the sea of mass media, how do we swim and have good relationships?”
The questions will be explored during DYC.
Neil MacCarthy, public relations director for Toronto Archdiocese, is keynote speaker for the event. MacCarthy is past director of Youth Ministry for Toronto Archdiocese and previously was a radio personality on the popular rock station, Q107. He brings much experience with mass media and youth in relation to the Gospel. MacCarthy will also give a presentation, “Parents, Kids and Emerging Media, a Healthy Balance in a Sexual Culture” for parents and people working with youth, Saturday, May 1, from 8:10 to 9:40 in the old library at the Diocesan Centre. No admission charge. DYC includes a variety of events.
Opening the event is a performance by Treebeard’s Revenge, one of Prince George’s up and coming bands. Saturday night is the traditional DYC Dance. Small group activities and community games run throughout DYC and the event concludes with Mass on Sunday noon with Bishop Gerry Wiesner, OMI. All are welcome to attend the concluding Mass. This is a weekend of meeting friends, making new friends, games, fun, food and faith.
Youth from Grades 8 to 12 are invited to attend. While this is a Catholic event, all are welcome to the annual DYC which attracts between 200-300 youth. Registration forms are available at www.pgdiocese.bc.ca and at DYC Prince George’s facebook page. Host families are provided for out of town participants, please register early so arrangements can be made. The cost is $50 per youth, for a second family member $30. Assistance is available. Registration begins at 7 p.m. April 30. Catholic Diocesan Centre, 6500 Southridge Ave. behind Home Depot.