Patrick Reis is the Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Patrick's Dominican Parish in Columbus, OH.
He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (mark 3:13-15)
To be with or not to be with...
This passage,more than any other of recent, has dramatically shifted my relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Beyond my life, I would admit that it has radically altered the way I approach youth ministry at St Patrick's and is fast transforming the lives of our teens. Let's dive in. What blows me away is this: just like he called His first disciples, so too does Jesus call each of us by name. The first and logically most important part of discipleship is the call that we should "be with Him." This summer I interviewed 20+ incredible teens for our peer ministry team and asked each one of them what it meant to be a disciple. Each and every teen responded with the works of a disciple...ie witnessing, evangelizing, serving, leading etc. Before being enamored by this passage I would have responded with my favorite quotes on the missionary discipleship from Pope Francis and the great commission of Matthew 28. A discipleship defined by doing for Jesus without being with Jesus brutally misses the heart of discipleship. Discipleship is first about being rather than it is about doing.
Below is Fr. Thomas' talk plus the follow up resources that we recommended checking out.
Recommended Follow Up Resources:
Pilgrimage Overview: A pilgrimage is an intentional journey of faith to grow in one's relationship with Christ and His Church. More than just a trip or time off of school, the March for Life is a pilgrimage WITH a mission to defend life! This year we will be staying in a HOTEL!
8:30am Meet at Saint Patrick (280 N. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)
9:00am Depart for Basillica of the Immaculate Conception - 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017 (lunch on the road - YOU PROVIDE)
4:30pm Arrive at Basillica of the Immaculate Conception and touring the Basillica (Snacks provided for you)
5:30pm Opening Mass for Life
7:30pm - Moving to Hampton Inn -
9:30pm - Going to Bed
January 19, 2018
7:00am Wake Up and Grab Breakfast in the Hotel (FREE)
8:00am Depart for Youth Rally and Mass for Life (4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA 22030)
8:30am Youth Rally and Mass for Life - Distribute sack breakfast (provided for you)
11:00am Depart for National Mall and drop off at the mall
Noon Participate in the March for Life
3:30pm Move to Rayburn building for reception with Congressmen Chabot & Wenstrup (ends at 4:30pm)
5:00pm Groups meet at Capitol Building (East Capitol St NE & First St SE Wash, DC 20004)
-Bus meets us here
5:30pm Board Buses for Monuments
7:00pm Head to UMD for Adoration (4141 Guilford Dr, College Park, MD 20740)
7:30pm Holy Hour at Univ of Maryland Chapel
9:00pm Load buses for hotel (
January 20, 2018
7:00am Wake up and eat (FREE)
8:30am Depart for Dominican House of Studies (487 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017)
9:00am Mass at Dominican House of Studies
10:30am Depart Basilica for National Mall/Smithsonians (600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560)
11:00am Visit Smithsonians (Give options...usually about 4)
-Bus stays here.
-Lunch on your own at Smithsonians
2:00pm Board buses and head to St. Patrick's (Dinner on your own)
10:00pm - Returning to St. Patrick (280 N. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215)
We will leave DC Saturday early afternoon and will be home around in the evening to Saint Patrick's. Teens will be instructed to call their parents on the drive home to give them more certain arrival time.
Registration, release and fee
The cost of this trip is $125. In order to get a spot, you must
1)register online (above). A $40 non-refundable deposit is due through eventbrite to secure your spot.
2) The remaining $85 balance will be due the Tuesday before the trip.
3) Print off and turn in the 2 release forms (below)
Notes & What to Bring?
Eat breakfast before you come on Thursday morning to St. Patrick. Please wear your Veritas Youth Ministry t-shirt as well – if you have one.