Totus Tuus finishes its first year in the Diocese of Madison

Totus Tuus finishes its first year in the Diocese of Madison

"This is going to be the best week of your life" is a bold promise from the team members of Totus Tuus, but for most of the participants at all levels -- it was indeed one of the best weeks of their lives.


Tips for a better school year

Tips for a better school year

Students from around the diocese took time out of their summer vacations to do something very unusual: come to school.


Dressing for success -- and modesty

Dressing for success -- and modesty

For parents and students everywhere, "back to school" means shopping and lots of it, mostly for supplies and clothes. In both of those areas, there can be debates and battles between parents and children on what each thinks the student should have.


Sacred Hearts School begins iPad initiative

Sacred Hearts School begins iPad initiative

Seventh and eighth grade students at Sacred Hearts School returned this year a little more enthusiastic than usual.

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Youth Contests

FALL CONTEST 2014 -- The Holy Family of Nazareth: A Model for My Family

As Catholic bishops from around the world begin the Synod of Bishops in Rome this October, Pope Francis asks all Catholics to pray for families: grandparents, parents, and children.

The bishops will meet to discuss many things related to the importance of the family in learning and sharing our faith within the family and to the outside world.

The Holy Family is a model of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

• FAITH: What is the most important thing your grandparents and parents have taught you about Jesus? In what ways have they taught you?

• HOPE: The Holy Family experienced some difficult times, as all families do. But their trust in God gave them hope that He would see them through. How has our Catholic faith helped you and your family?

• CHARITY: Charity is showing love to one another. How do the members of your family show love for one another? How does your family show Christ’s love to people in your community? What more could your family do to be examples of our faith for others?

The Catholic Herald is offering youth drawing and writing contests for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to answer these questions. All students are invited to participate, including students in Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, and homeschooling families.

Details on the drawing and writing contests are being sent out this week to principals and religious education directors around the diocese.

Learn more about the Catholic Herald Fall Youth Contest. Ask your teacher for more details.

Below are links to the contest information for both the drawing and writing portions of the contest. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

NIE cover letter

Catholic Herald Fall 2014 contest

Drawing contest

Writing contest

Sacred Hearts School begins iPad initiative Print E-mail
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

SUN PRAIRIE -- Seventh and eighth grade students at Sacred Hearts School returned this year a little more enthusiastic than usual.

Two years of research and planning by Principal Kim Frederick and the IT and junior high staff culminated in the students starting off their year with individual iPads.

Loaded with more than 70 apps that have been carefully chosen by their teachers to support the curriculum and enhance the learning atmosphere, the new iPad Airs also enable students to communicate with their teachers through iCal, iLife, and iTunes U.

Teens attend Steubenville youth conference Print E-mail
Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- More then 20 high school students from St. Clement Parish in Lancaster recently attended the Steubenville North Youth Conference in St. Paul, Minn.

They were accompanied by students from Queen of All Saints Parish in Fennimore and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Mt. Horeb at the conference that had a grand total of 2,000 high schoolers from all over the Midwest.

Nine adults from Lancaster went along as chaperones as well as Fr. John Sasse, pastor of St. Clement, and Fr. Greg Ihm, vocations director for the Diocese of Madison.

‘Fire On the Hill’ for teens at Holy Hill Print E-mail
Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

HUBERTUS -- On Saturday, Oct. 4, come out for the 14th annual "Fire On the Hill!" Find out why it’s the single largest youth event in the state.

Last year, 1,800 youth poured onto the grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, popularly known as "Holy Hill."

This beautiful fall event includes bonfire, speakers, sports, and sacraments.


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Latest Youth Column

Living without being on display

When I was a kid, "sharing" meant splitting your lunch sandwich with a friend or sharing a book or toy.

Today, "sharing" usually means writing a status update on Facebook, posting an Instagram photo, or talking via Snapchat. What many call "sharing" today, a previous generation might call "posting" or "exhibiting," as if the Internet were an art gallery and our lives were the art on display.

Teens share over the Internet many moments of daily life: selfies, pictures of friends in the cafeteria, gossip. Everything goes online. It's almost expected that your entire life is lived online. I know my friends worry if I don't post something every couple of days. It's stressful.

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About the Youth Page

How do kids your age live out their Catholic faith?

Check out this new Catholic Herald Youth Online Web page to find out!

This Web page is a place for youth in the Diocese of Madison and beyond to learn about their faith, see how others are living out their faith, and voice their own thoughts on Catholic issues.

You, too, can be a part of this Web page. Just submit articles and photos to: Catholic Herald Youth Online, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53719. If you send articles or photos via e-mail, put "Online Youth" in the subject line and send it to: info@madison   Digital photos must be in TIFF or JPEG format and at least 150 dpi.

We look forward to hearing from you!