June 29, 2012

7 Quick Takes (Volume 14)


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I am officially on a break from school through next week! I am definitely ready for it because these past two weeks we've had midterms and they doubled up our classes this week to give us next week off.  

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My husband and I are trying to start a young adult's group at our church.  We set up an event for an ice cream night out, but unfortunately no one ended up coming!  It was fine because we turned it into an ice cream date, so I can't complain about that, but we're trying to brainstorm some ideas to get people involved.  Has anyone had success with a young adult's group at their church?  Were you part of one when it first got started?  If you are or were in a group, what kinds of things did you all do together?

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We are considering moving to a new apartment when our lease is up to save some money.  It's crazy to think about moving already though.  I feel like we finally have gotten settled in and feel like it's our home! 

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Our Bible study on James is over. :( Here is my post on becoming more patient.  I should have one or two more posts on James next week, but after that I'm done.  I have no idea what our church will pick for the study this fall, but hopefully it will be as good as this one was! 

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I am so looking forward to this weekend!  Thomas and I have gone out of town the past five weekends.  While it's been so much fun to see our family and friends, it's going to be really nice to have a low key weekend home together.  

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We get to see my family next week!!! My brother plays college football and has next week off, my sister has the week off from camp, and I have off from school, so it couldn't have worked out more perfectly! I love them so much and can't wait to see everyone! :) 

This should really, really be a photo on awkwardfamilyphotos.com haha!


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Speaking of that website, I went to it to have a look because I haven't been on it in quite a while and found this hilarious picture! Love it.


Happy Friday! Have a fantastic weekend! 

Love,
Caitlin 

16 comments:

  1. I love the wagon photo!

    We were in a YAG eons and eons ago. Some of the activities were monthly bowling (ALWAYS the third Thursday and ALWAYS followed by pizza), book group and rosary (not a bible study), ice skating, and game night where we rotated homes. I remember the descriptions were always very clear as to what to expect: Adults 18 to 24, friendship, rosary, $10 charge per person, bring a friend, etc.

    Good luck and kudos to you guys for starting this. So many communities need this.

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    1. Thanks so much for your input. Your group sounds like it was wonderful! :)

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  2. I love that picture of your house. Moving is such a pain. I am working on the guest post; I hope t get it to you soon. As for the YA group, my husband helped to start the one at our church. It is so hard to get off the ground. When I started the Mom's Group at our church, I would literally stalk anyone at Mass who was pregnant or had a child with them. Personal invite is the best way I have found to build a group. Good luck with it!

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    1. Okay wonderful, I can't wait to read your guest post! :) I definitely agree about personal invitations. It's just hard because we haven't really met any young adults at church yet.

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  3. I've been part of a Catholic young adult Bible study group for the past seven years. It helps that it started at a student parish, so there were a few (unfortunately just a few) more young adults around than at the average parish. Now I still get together for a home Bible study group with other "alumni" from our college Bible study group.

    I don't know if it's worth doing events that are just fun. people want to do fun events with their friends mostly, so that really only works if they are already friends with the people in your group. I think relgious group events should be religious (and fun!).

    A real key is to have a core group of people who are commited. My home Bible study group has 5 core people, and up to 10 other people who come sometimes.

    Our college group used to have about 15 core people, 10 other frequent people, and 10 sometimes people.

    So, can you find a couple more people in your parish to commit to the idea of making the YA group a priority?

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    1. Thanks so much Thomas! I definitely agree and I would like to have more religious events. We just thought that we'd need a social event first for people to get to know each other. We will try to find others who would be committed to the group!

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  4. Your living room is so pretty! Enjoy the low-key in-town weekend (I could really use one of those!) and the time with your family next week! So fun!

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    1. Thanks so much Whitney! I hope you've had a great weekend! :)

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  5. Haha that baby is adorable!

    I also want to find a YA community - my parish doesn't have one (all families and old people) and I'm starting to get too "old" for going to the Newman Center since I graduated a year ago... So let me know if you get any good tips!

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  6. Thanks for the laugh on those photos! LOL! Enjoy your low key weekend and btw, your living room is so pretty :)

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    1. Thank you Patty! I hope you had a good weekend! :)

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  7. I don't have any good tips for you on the young adult group, but I wish you the best of luck! I wish our parish had one. If there's a youth/teen group, you might try contacting the leaders of that group to see if they know of parish members too old for their group who might be interested. I love your living room too! It looks nice and cool :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! That's a really good idea! I will have to contact the Lifeteen leaders. :)

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  8. #CathSorority

    Your apartment is so cute and coordinated! Hope we get ours together once we move in the fall.
    YA groups are difficult...takes a while. I think the way you 'advertise' it makes a difference. How did you promote the ice cream social?

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    1. Very true! We only promoted it to the church Facebook group. We need to find a way to get it in a bulletin or emailed out to the church members.

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