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1. The world. First, it symbolizes the geographical world; and secondly it symbolizes the life and situation of youth today; the concrete life experience of youth: their joys and sorrows, their needs, their challenges...the space in which youth meet each other and live. The life and situation of youth is the theological place par excellence fore evangelization.
2. The coat of arms of the Congregation. This symbolizes the presence of the congregation in the world, above all, in the world of youth, where it carries out its charismatic work on behalf of young people: "The Congregation walks along the way of God and according to the directives of the Founder if it succeeds in forming members capable of inspiring and educating youth.(Constitutions art. 65).
3. The cross. This symbolizes Jesus; youth ministry finds its center and its source in the God made man, Jesus Christ. "...If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation...Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ - and you will find true life" (homily at the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict XVI).
4. The image of St. Joseph and Jesus. This symbolizes the Josephite spirituality: to serve the interests of Jesus. "his entire life (was) in the service of Jesus, every thought and action finding its purpose in connection to Jesus, dedicated to serving His interests. Our Youth Ministry can also find in this a spiritual program of the highest value: to have no other ambition or objective than to care for the interests of Jesus; and young people are among these interests" (Step by Step n. 29).
5. The image of young people. Adolescence and young adulthood are the ages of fire in life: enthusiasm, generosity, search for God, desire for authentic relationships and true feelings, protagonism, search for meaning, freedom...St. Joseph Marello is an authentic example; he had a heart on fire. For Joseph Marello, youthful enthusiasm was like ether.
The Pittston Catholic Youth Group is made up of members from each of the parishes in the Pittston Cluster, St. John the Evangelist, St. Mary Help of Christians and Blessed Sacrament, St. Rocco, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We are a group of young people dedicated to the ideals and teachings of the Catholic Church. We firmly believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind and the true King of Kings, that He is the Prince of Peace and the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As a group of dedicated Catholic teenagers, we strive to follow His way, to believe His truth, and to imitate His life. We are always accepting new members and looking for new ideas and points of view. Pittston Catholic Youth Group meets every Sunday evening at 6:30pm at the Oblates Seminary. Come join us!