<![CDATA[NorCal Catholic Youth Ministry - NorCal Catholic Youth Blog]]>Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:11:16 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[Youth on a Mission 2016]]>Wed, 23 Dec 2015 21:19:14 GMThttp://www.norcalcatholicyouth.org/norcal-catholic-youth-blog/youth-on-a-mission-2016With the start of the new year planning will begin for Youth on a Mission: NorCal Discipleship Training. And before we start planning for next summer I thought it would be good to look back at the first Youth on a Mission. So I'm sharing this video that was created by a teen from Santa Rosa.
Please prayer for the team, as we begin planning, that our ears and hearts be open to what God is calling us to at Youth on a Mission 2016... and if you want to start planning for yourself Youth on a Mission will be July 14-17, 2016 at Cal Maritime in Vallejo, CA.
<![CDATA[Work vs. Worship or work as worship?]]>Tue, 26 May 2015 17:55:18 GMThttp://www.norcalcatholicyouth.org/norcal-catholic-youth-blog/work-vs-worship-or-work-as-worshipI'm the type of person that's a busy body. My schedule is color coded and planned practically to the minute. Most days now seem to be very task-oriented and filled with answering emails, signing forms, attending meetings, returning voicemails, etc. I've always heard that it's bad for someone in ministry to be asked "How are you?" and have your first response be "busy." I've even heard the acronym, "Burdened Under Satan's Yolk." Sitting in Mass this past Sunday on Pentecost, I started to realize that the Spirit has been missing from my life lately. I've allowed the tasks from work to overtake my life and have been running on "spiritually empty." It's a little ironic that the work I'm doing is for Jesus, but at times, I've taken him out of the equation. I know there are a lot of people in ministry out there like me. However, it's not like we can just ignore the tasks that need to be accomplished and only be in prayer. Instead, I think we need to change our mindsets. We need to change our mindsets from a "work vs. worship" mentality to a "work as worship" mentality. Now when we answer those emails, let's remember who's behind them and take a moment to pray for them. When we're filling out forms to reserve rooms, let's remember the purpose that those rooms serve, which is to bring people closer to Christ. And in all things, let's really take the time to discern what the Spirit is calling us to do or how to respond. As Pope Francis has said, we must serve in our ministries joyfully. If we are serving and it becomes more of a burden than a privilege, it's time to re-examine our hearts, minds, and most likely even our schedules. I know it's easy to fall into the "work vs. worship" mentality and separate the two, but it takes a lot of strength and self-control not to fall into the trap. I ask that you please pray for me as I pray for you. Let's not forget, in ALL things, both big and small, in work and not in work, we do them for God's glory. 

Ynez Lizarraga
Associate Director of Youth Ministry
Archdiocese of San Francisco]]>
<![CDATA[ON FiRE! NorCal Jam - Saturday, September 21, 2013]]>Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:57:25 GMThttp://www.norcalcatholicyouth.org/norcal-catholic-youth-blog/august-21st-2013Jesus said, "I have come to set the world ON FiRE
and how I wish it were already burning!" 
So, the question remains, ARE YOU ON FiRE?