What is VPCYG?

The Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group is made up of high school students from the 3 church parishes in Ville Platte, LA: Our Lady Queen of All Saints; Sacred Heart; and St. Joseph.

 The purpose of the group is to help foster a deep personal faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to live that faith daily. 

For more information about VPCYG, please contact Nicholas Jagneaux – 337.224.5798

29 Responses to What is VPCYG?

  1. Karl Buchert says:

    YO NICK!
    I came across your site while surfing, trying to find a place where I could buy a medal of St Nick Owen. (Most people over here never even heard of him) Any clues? Thanks for your time.
    KB

  2. Nicholas Jagneaux says:

    Hey, Karl,

    I’m glad you stopped by. Unfortunately, I do not know how to get my hands on a medal, and, believe me, I’ve looked at dozens of sites that sell medals of saints.

    A couple of years ago, I even sent an e-mail to a St. Nicholas Owen Church in England. I can’t remember the exact response right now, but I couldn’t get one from there. (I think that no one responded back.)

    Anyway, I’m sorry I can’t be much help. If you do happen to find one, PLEASE let me know. I’d love to have one, too.

    I first became attracted to him because we share a name. But, after really understanding his story – the important role he played in helping to keep the Faith alive in England – the more I began to love him for that.

    I hope you continue to visit the site.

    May God bless you and keep you in his peace.

  3. Isabel says:

    hello Nicholas, i only want to know were is Ville Platte Catholic Youth Group because i want to become part of this group.. well if you want… also i want to know if you are from de Diocese??? o no???

  4. Nicholas Jagneaux says:

    Isabel,

    Welcome to the site. If you are a teenager and are a parishioner of one of the 3 Catholic Churches in Ville Platte, Louisiana – you are welcome to join the Youth Group.

    (Actually, you don’t have to be a parishioner because we accept anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic faith and can do so in a respectful, friendly manner.)

    I saw your comment about Fr. McNeill on the other page. I’ll be sure to pass along the questions to him.

    God bless you.

  5. Isabel says:

    Thank Nicholas… pleace give him my e-mail, and tell him that the -family NAME CASILLAS it will be very happy if he write… and that we miss him a lot here in Aguascalientes and we want to khow how is he… thanks again

  6. Nicholas Jagneaux says:

    Isabel,

    I’ve forwarded your message on to Fr. McNeill. I hope that y’all can be in touch soon.

    Take care, and may God bless you.

  7. I stumbled on your blog when I googled Catholic Youth Blogs. I love your site and you link to several of my favorite websites!

    I host a teen blog, http://www.noquestionleftbehind.blogspot.com.

    I believe this is something of great interest to those in Catholic youth ministry and hope that you can pass it along. No Question Left Behind is a place where teens can go and feel comfortable talking about heavy and not-so-heavy topics. It’s a peer-to-peer platform where teens can trust that their fears, struggles, and questions will be heard and answered by those who struggle with the same issues.

    I put together a team of well-catechized teenagers and young 20-somethings to answer the questions of teens. The team worked to answer all inquiries in the framework of Catholic teaching. I already have 200 Q&A’s ready to roll so you can count on this blog being around for the long term. And we’re still collecting new questions at the blog.

    More than anything, please keep the project in your prayers. Especially pray for the teens who will visit the blog looking for answers.

    Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Maureen Wittmann

  8. Brenda says:

    Bonjour Nick,
    Enjoyed viewing your website and your report on the Walk for Life. Could I please ask a favor. Please give me a call at 337-251-1706. Thanks and God Bless! Brenda DesOrmeaux
    Also please visit our website at http://www.desormeauxfoundation.com

  9. kathy says:

    why would you put a man putting his finger in another man’s loose skin as your web page? Aren’t you supposed to be religous?

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Kathy,

      Thanks for stopping by and asking a good question.

      I tell you what: I’ll put up a post in the next couple of days explaining what the banner is an excerpt of.

      Stay tuned.

  10. elizabeth says:

    Ok your site is messed up. i don’t get what your trying to say what’s wrong with abortion my best friend was raped and had an abortion. cus she did not want to remember that night every time she looked in to that kids eyes. that seems ok what’s to say about that ???
    In addition, I am not saying that abortion is ok. i don’t like it at all when a women uses it as a form of birth control, that messed up to me. but what if you got raped or have a disorder that could hinder the child so much so that it would need 24/7 care that is expensive. an your poor how do you fix that possibility ?? Yes, smart sex is best but accidents do happen and no women’s perfect right.
    Now i am not married yet, but my man and me do have sex .we do not care we know we are meant to be forever. It has been more like a marriage of our soles over the years we have been together. So it’s not spelled out on paper. To me that just stupid government crap used more for the US sense bureau, then to really mean anything any more. Moreover, some day ya we will get married but our vows have been made in our harts are one. That cannot be bad, and ya I know many abuse the marriage system, but that’s there fault not mine.
    So do not be so narrow minded, new ideas allow ones ability to forgive to grow. God wanted us to be forgiving too and to love the ones that hated us to be excepting of the ones that are different from us. And understanding of the ones that do not think as you might think. The bible is a book of guidelines to how we should live our lives not a declaration of dictation to how we live god was not a communist he was patient and understanding person he never judges he never held any bad thing you did against you and he always is willing to forgive you .

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Elizabeth,

      Thank you for leaving your comment. You certainly give voice to some of the opinion about abortion, which is your right to do.

      (I really need to suggest, however, that you learn proper grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling. I’m not trying to be snide. I don’t mean an occasional mistake; I mean throughout the whole paragraph. There are reasons for rules, even rules of grammar. Proper sentence structure helps others to read and understand the point you’re trying to make.)

      There are many points of agreement that we have. For example, we both agree that abortion shouldn’t be used as birth control. Already we stand together. That’s good. Let us work to get our nation and our world to love children and see them as a gift, not to despise them. Let both of us work to end abortion for that reason, and we will be further down the road toward no abortion at all.

      You speak of a marriage commitment in the heart. Excellent. That is the first step to making a marriage. (However, you really need to do some research about the history of marriage. Believe me, marriage ceremonies have been for centuries upon centuries. They did not start because of some government need, but because of the need placed in our hearts by God. Read Genesis.)

      Now, for the disagreements: Elizabeth, do you think that there is such a thing as “human rights”? You know, the right to life; the right to freedom and liberty; the right to fair treatment and justice? Please, seriously consider that question: Do humans have rights?

      If you say, “No, there are no such things as human rights,” then please don’t complain when a government decides that your life is worthless and you need to be destroyed to make room for someone else. If humans do not have rights, then you — being human — cannot expect any special treatment.

      Now, if you say, “Yes, humans have rights,” as I think you must, then let me ask this: When do humans get their rights? Do humans get their rights the moment the umbilical cord is cut? Or do those rights come sometime before that? Please, seriously consider these questions.

      If humans have rights (which I think we both affirm), then those rights MUST attain at the moment that a person becomes human (otherwise, they are something less than human rights). When do people become human? At the moment of conception.

      If we can take away the most basic human right — the right to life — then we can take away all other rights, for they depend on, and presuppose, the right to life. No one has the authority to take away the right to life, except the Giver of Life, from whom all life is a gift.

      You may not agree – yet. But, please, seriously consider these questions.

      Now, I must disabuse you of the notion that God never judges. I agree with you that God is patient and understanding, and always willing to forgive. God does want us to forgive and love our enemies. We should accept all people, who are all sinners. We must love the sinner — but not the sin. We are called to correct those who live in sin; to lead them to conversion and belief in Christ. That means telling people, for instance, that abortion is wrong. We must do so in a charitable way, so that the sinner knows he/she is still loved nevertheless.

      But … God does judge. This is not my personal opinion. We have the data readily available to us to see that this is true. God sent us a text message telling us all about His love AND His justice. We only have to read this text message, the Bible.

      I will leave you with a few examples:
      Matt 25:31-46 – Jesus, in His own words, tells us that he will judge us. The sheep and the goats will be separated to His right and to His left. To the sheep, he will say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” To the goats, He will say, “Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

      Rom 2:5-8 – St. Paul reminds us of the reality that we will be judged by our deeds. He writes, “By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his works.”

      I could continue with more examples, but this response is already long. The key is wanting to be forgiven. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, God is willing to forgive us of our sins — and He does! But we must acknowledge that we have sinned, that we need to be forgiven. God cannot forgive those who do not think they’ve done anything wrong.

      Thank God for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, through which His grace of forgiveness is freely given to the contrite of heart. (Like in marriage, sorrow and forgiveness begin in the heart.)

      Elizabeth, I know that you have a good soul; and that you are seeking what is right. Continue seeking God, who is Truth, and you will be rewarded.
      Jer 29:13 – “You shall seek me, and shall find me: when you seek me with all your heart.”

      Lk 11:9 – Jesus says, “And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.”

      I welcome you, Elizabeth, to continue this discussion here, if you wish. If you would prefer other resources, I can direct you to those as well.

      May God’s peace come upon us both; may His light shine upon us in Heaven.

      Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family, pray for us.

  11. Brenda says:

    Bonjur Nick,
    I would like to recommend to Elizabeth that she also read the Gospel of Life (Humanae Vitae). It is a short booklet of the encyclical of Pope John Paull II.

    Here’s a quote from the Gospel of Life: “Men rightly observe that a conjugal act imposed on one’s partner without regard to his or her condition or personal and reasonable wishes in the matter, is no true act of love, and therefore offends the moral order in its particular application to the intimate relationship of husband and wife. If they further reflect, they must also recognize that an act of mutual love which impairs the capacity to transmit life which God the Creator, through specific laws, has built into it, frustrates His design which constitutes the norm of marriage, and contradicts the will of the Author of life. Hence to use this divine gift while depriving it, even if only partially, of its meaning and purpose, is equally repugnant to the nature of man and of woman, and is consequently in opposition to the plan of God and His holy will.”

    Below is an excellent article on why sex outside of marriage is wrong. God Bless! Brenda

    Michael Pakaluk
    A Forgotten Argument about Contraception

    Posted: 5/8/2009 http://thebostonpilot.com/article2.asp?ID=10383

    “As Paul VI adds, “to experience the gift of married love while respecting the laws of conception is to acknowledge that one is not the master of the sources of life but rather the minister of the design established by the Creator.”

    Why do so few Catholics follow the Church’s teaching on contraception? Or let me rephrase the question, since I believe that contraception is not merely “against Church teaching” but also as plainly wrong as any other moral wrong, such as theft or adultery: Why do so few Catholics refrain from doing this seriously wrong thing?

    It’s not from lack of good arguments. But on this point let’s first establish the proper context. It’s not, after all, easy to find arguments to explain why some wrong thing is wrong. It’s not easy to do so for those who already “see” that it is wrong, and it is nearly impossible for those who don’t already “see” it.

    Consider what you would say to explain why theft is wrong, to someone who was disposed to deny it. Or why is it wrong not to say “thank you”, or to abuse a corpse, or to show contempt for the poor? How many arguments can you devise to explain these and like things? I would guess: not many.

    For the wrongness of contraception, in contrast, we have an embarrassment of riches. Philosophers and theologians, popes and bishops, in the last few decades have been busy looking for arguments, and they have found lots of them.

    There is the argument from consequences: nothing which leads to evident evils such as abortion, promiscuity, the extinction of the West, the eroticization of marriage, and the treatment of incipient human life as a commodity, can itself be good.

    There is the old “perverted faculty” argument, that contraception is like the Roman vomitorium, insofar as it involves the perverted exploitation of a natural function for the pleasure of it, divorced from its natural operation.

    There is the new “personalist” argument: sex as a sign of love should represent a complete gift of self, yet someone who practices contraception is withholding an important part of himself, namely, his or her fertility.

    When I teach this subject, I give students a list of ten arguments and defy them to find some other area of morality that has been so extensively thought about. (Yes, the arguments are exposed to objections, as all arguments are; what is important is whether those objections may be answered.)

    But even so an argument which is usually overlooked in such discussions is that offered in the great encyclical on contraception by Pope Paul VI, “Humanae Vitae”:

    “Men rightly observe that a conjugal act imposed on one’s partner without regard to his or her condition or personal and reasonable wishes in the matter, is no true act of love, and therefore offends the moral order in its particular application to the intimate relationship of husband and wife. If they further reflect, they must also recognize that an act of mutual love which impairs the capacity to transmit life which God the Creator, through specific laws, has built into it, frustrates His design which constitutes the norm of marriage, and contradicts the will of the Author of life. Hence to use this divine gift while depriving it, even if only partially, of its meaning and purpose, is equally repugnant to the nature of man and of woman, and is consequently in opposition to the plan of God and His holy will.”

    To understand this passage, consider the first sentence, “Men rightly observe …” Here the pope wishes to establish that the appropriate attitude for approaching sexual intercourse in marriage is service and attentiveness to the consent of the other. We all recognize that it would be offensive for a husband to “force” himself on his wife–suppose physical force were used, or a drug were administered–or even to coerce or manipulate. And very often the wife’s unwillingness is related to her bodily condition, such as an infirmity or discomfort.

    Now, suppose that husband and wife should not conceive of themselves as “masters” over sex and marriage but rather, as Paul VI also insists in the encyclical, as “ministers” of these things. It follows that, in this attitude of “ministers”, they need to be attentive not merely to the consent of each other, but also to the “consent” of God–which may likewise be shown or based upon the bodily condition of the man and the woman.

    But then one wants to ask: How else would this attitude of “ministry” be put into practice, except by the attentiveness to the “capacity to transmit life which God the Creator, through specific laws, has built into [sexual intercourse]”? How else would sensitivity to God’s consent, as the “third party” to a marriage, be shown?

    That is, rejection of contraception is intrinsically bound up with viewing marriage as a kind of “stewardship”; to use contraception is ipso facto to claim an improper “lordship” over both marriage and nature. As Paul VI adds, “to experience the gift of married love while respecting the laws of conception is to acknowledge that one is not the master of the sources of life but rather the minister of the design established by the Creator.”

    Let’s return to my original question, Why do so few Catholics follow the Church’s teaching on contraception? In part, from ignorance; in part, because they do not base their most important decisions on either reason or proper authority, following instead “what everyone else is doing.”

    But in part, also, it is because–one suspects–they would prefer to be “masters” rather than “ministers.”

    Michael Pakaluk, Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, is also currently a Visiting Professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Brenda,

      Thank you very much for adding that. I had thought about addressing the fact that Elizabeth and her boyfriend are having unmarried sex, but as my response got longer and longer, I decided to wrap it up.

      You have given everyone who pauses to read these comments some good food for thought.

  12. elizabeth says:

    To Nicholas Jagneaux
    Ok I liked what you had to say it made perfect sense to me.
    Sorry about my grammar and spelling I have dyslexia so bad lol. And I am not to good with spell check either dyslexia makes using it hard lol any how I wanted to try to answer some of the tings you asked. So bare with me and my bad spelling and grammar it’s a work in progress.
    Answer to the question-(do you think that there is such a thing as “human rights”?)
    Yes!
    Answer to the question-When do humans get their rights?
    I think that humans get their rights the moment they have a conscious and no the diff between right and wrong. Before that they are still humans but do not have that ability to make the decision so to say “let me live”. However, I am not saying that they do not have a right to live with out question they do. However, it is up to the mom, dad, or both to make that conscious decision I would say. I just know from things that have happened to my friend that it was the right thing for her at that time, if it where me in her shoes I would have kept it. I also think a good education is extremely important as well. some don’t have that and it makes them make a poor decision and that’s not good. I almost hate our school systems especially the 1st-12th grades where we are the most vulnerable to poor decisions. I would know but I have no true regrets from that time so I might be a little biased. Nevertheless, some of the thing that they teach now makes me sick sick. If I ever have kid, it is so going to be home school.
    I hope that is what you needed for answers. It is a touché topic for most people, but I like to be open. In addition, you got me reading more on the history on marriage now too and I think I am seeing what you mean now too. My boyfriend and I have talked about what it would mean to get married someday like with in the next two years.*giggles* However, I am anything but traditional so it is going to be a unique wedding.
    I seem to have many questions about the whole marriage thing still and I will let you know as they come because you seem to know a lot.
    Ok I read how Adam and Eve did there thing many times. I do not get it still! It was not as if a priest married them at an alter or that they said any vows or Eve got in to a white dress and invited all her friends over to witness. AND I know when god speaks to you it’s not out loud (god talks to me all the time and it never comes in words that I can hear it’s more a feeling or a sudden thought and I just know its him or her). I like to think of god as a woman more than a man it makes it better for me to relate and I think he/ she knows that too.
    How dose that work even in the beginning of time per say. What does it mean, could we all have that privet union like Adam, and Eve had in there minds and in soft words.

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Elizabeth,

      I’m sorry to hear that you have dyslexia. I’m sure that’s not an easy problem to overcome.

      I’d like to start with the idea of marriage before moving on the Right to Life. From the beginning, God ordained marriage through Adam and Eve. They did not get all dressed up and invite friends – they were the only humans alive, and they were naked without shame in the Garden of Eden. The actual “ceremony” of marraige does not have to conform to our current cultural expectations. In fact, the celebration of the marriage is widely varied, even today.

      The essential element of a marriage is the exchange of a mutually-given consent between the two spouses (man and woman), originating from the heart and the will. In this exchange a spouse freely gives herself/himself 100% to the other: Marriage is not a 50-50 proposition! (Also, we are to remain chaste outside of marriage; meaning that you and your boyfriend should not be having sex.)

      There are other important considerations about marriage, but I really want to underscore the fact that there doesn’t need to be a huge party for there to be a marriage.

      We cannot have a “private” union between the two spouses, however. God has ordained marriage as a sacrament, which means that He enters into the marriage, consecrating it and giving life to the spouses through His generous outpouring of grace. When we make our wedding vows, we promise before God to be faithful. We are calling upon God as our witness. This is why adultery is such a grave sin. When we commit adultery, we have (in a certain sense) made God a witness to a lie.

      As for thinking of God as a woman: God is a Trinity of persons — God the Father; Jesus Christ, God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ has revealed to us the first person of the Trinity as God the Father. While it is true that, as the Catechism says, “God’s parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood,” (para. 239), Jesus reveals that “he is eternally Father in relation to his only Son, who is eternally Son only in relation to his Father” (para. 240).

      Now, for the question about when humans get Human Rights: Your response worries me. You write, “I think that humans get their rights the moment they have a conscious and no the diff between right and wrong.” Please think about the implications that such a statement has.

      If humans don’t possess their rights until the moment they know the difference between right and wrong – the age of reason, in other words – then you’re saying that a 3-year-old could be denied the right to life by her parents! What about a person with mental handicaps, who might be 21-years-old but still unable to tell right from wrong? Do the parents of that person have the ability to deny her the right to life?

      You are suggesting a morality that would allow infanticide!

      I’m not sure if you’ve thought out what you’re suggesting. If you are suggesting that parents should be allowed to kill their 3-year-olds, then I’m at a loss for words.

      As I said before, Elizabeth, I think that you are seeking the Truth, and that you have a good soul. Continue your journey. But, make sure that you’re walking the path to Truth with Jesus Christ. He is not only the Truth, but He is the Light and the Way.

      May Jesus guide us both on our search for Truth. May He have mercy on us.

      Holy Mary, mother of grace and mercy, pray for us. St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, pray for us.

  13. elizabeth says:

    You are suggesting a morality that would allow infanticide! Answer-
    No that not what I mean!! What I mean is that babies should live no mater what however. Ok let us say for instance a woman gets pregnant and decides she does not want a kid. Because of the fact that she has a conscious she can make that chose and was raised to no a diff from right and wrong according to the way she was raised. So let us say she knows abortion is bad but she still gets one that is wrong. On the other hand, if that woman was raised not to know that abortion is bad then out of that stupidity, it is a sin too but that is still her choice, so to say. Moreover, if that is the way she was raised than no one can really judge that but god right. (He/god) would have to take the fact that she did not know better in to account that there could have been another way but she did not know so would that still make her guilty. Unintelligence’s is not our faults, it comes from the imperfect world we live in and it is not fair, but we cannot judge them. I know I never will.
    (A person with mental handicaps)
    My brother has autism he can do some cool things yet cannot get dressed or leave his cloths on for that matter*tisk tisk*. He dose not know the diff from right and wrong however he is smart. In a way, I like to think I am his conscious and like a mother to him in some ways and sometimes a sister. Now think of it this way like the mother with the unwanted baby it’s her choice to keep it weather she know it to be wrong or not. My brother would have been dead thanks to my mother if she did not have a conscious that knew it was wrong to kill him however unwanted we kid s where to her. Still she knew it was wrong so aye our lives have been like a hell on earth but we do what we can. Nevertheless, mom knew that if she did not I would not be asking you all this stuff now would I.
    You say
    o The essential element of a marriage is the exchange of a mutually-given consent between the two spouses (man and woman), originating from the heart and the will. In this exchange a spouse freely gives herself/himself 100% to the other: Marriage is not a 50-50 proposition! (Also, we are to remain chaste outside of marriage; meaning that you and your boyfriend should not be having sex.)
    Ok so its not right that I am having sex with my boyfriend what if me an him did do a thing that is exactly what you say “the exchange of a mutually-given consent between the two spouses (man and woman), originating from the heart and the will. In this exchange a spouse freely gives herself/himself 100% to the other” in a mater of speaking that is what we have done I have been with him going on 5 years now. and we can not afford a wedding yet, but we do want to get some things out of the way before the big(I DO’S) .and what if your not a virgin what if u lost it to a drunk man that was your mothers boyfriend and you did not want to!!!!! What if the man I am with right now is only the best I ever had not that I have had many but still we love each other so much it is as if this hell is livable now. In addition, he has helped me so much and is so patient and caring he is my heaven and I am his world, he wants me to be happy. He knows it’s hard for me we are working to change it I might have custody of my brother soon and mom will be out of the pick for ever now too!!!!

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Elizabeth,

      I’m glad to know that I misunderstood you.

      I like your statement, “Babies should live no matter what“. What’s left between us, then, is the difference between when we believe someone becomes a baby — that is when someone becomes human.

      Of course, science and faith (BOTH!) tell us that people become human at the moment they become people — that is at conception. What science cannot tell us is whether or not people deserve rights. The Christian faith, however, informs us that people have inherent dignity, being endowed by God our Creator with inalienable rights, such as the right to life.

      People are people, as Horton might say, no matter how small. When people are too young to take care of themselves (like in the womb, or 1-day-old, or 3-years-old), they depend on us to take care of them, not kill them.

      In our conversations, Elizabeth, we come across several points of agreement. Here’s another one: I agree that if a person does wrong – but does not know the action is wrong – God will take that into consideration. A mortal sin (one that condemns the person) consists of three things, one of which is knowing that an act is a grave offense to God. God will judge us on our knowledge and our actions. God is a merciful God! Thank God, because I know I will rely on His mercy, though I deserve His justice.

      However, it is ultimately our responsibility to form our consciences in accord with the moral law of God. Before a person has an abortion, she has an obligation to inform herself about the grave nature of the act.

      As for marriage: Once again, you don’t need a “big wedding” to be married. Go to your priest. Tell him that you and your boyfriend want to be married. Have a small ceremony – even if it is just you and your witnesses. God does not require 10 bridesmaids and a 3-tier cake at the local ballroom.

      If you’ve been living together for five years, sharing everything, WHY NOT get married? What is there to fear? God’s blessing on your relationship – if honestly entered into, invoking His grace – will only make it stronger, not weaker.

      If we are fearful of making a lifelong commitment, then we are NOT giving 100% of ourselves to the other. We are guarding a piece of ourselves “just in case” it doesn’t work out. Love means that we give ourselves totally to the other.

      I am sorry that you have had personal sufferings that I cannot begin to understand. This suffering, however, is given meaning when we place it in the suffering of Christ, when we place our faith in Him.

      I’m not sure how helpful our conversations through this comment box has been for you. I am happy to continue it with you.

      But, I strongly suggest that you contact a priest to talk about these issues face-to-face. Please believe that priests are caring and knowledgeable about helping us. They are not there to condemn. They are ordained by God to help Him dispense His mercy. If you tell me the general area where you live, I would help to find a good priest who could do a better job than I can with working through these difficult issues.

  14. elizabeth says:

    corfu ny

  15. elizabeth says:

    “Aye it happens lol ”
    so I am going to work on this marriage thing now i don’t feel i am doing a “sin “when it comes to me an my boyfriend however i really want to do some soul searching for i do anything yet. and there still the issues as far as my brother goes too that number one right now .
    Now i am not a Catholic i do not know what i am yet that is still a work in progress for me too still experimenting. Moreover, religion seems to bee the new thing for me now. In addition, it is something I want to know more of and have more of in my life. I do not know why yet but I have had a pull tugging at me deep down in my hart for more “god” and less me. Funny how the internet can do just that in a way lol
    See ya

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Elizabeth,

      We could all use a little soul-searching.

      Even though you’re not Catholic — maybe especially because you’re not — I still suggest talking to a priest in your area about the search you’re on. I’ve contacted the Diocese of Buffalo to try to get the name of a good priest. If I get one, I’ll post his name here on the blog.

      If you’re feeling a pull tugging at your heart, please know that it is the Holy Spirit at work in you. That’s a good sign.

      God bless you and your family (especially your brother).

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Elizabeth,

      I contacted the Diocese of Buffalo, and they recommended that you meet with the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fr. Robert Orlowski, who is right there in Corfu! The Diocese said that he’s young priest (about 40-years-old) who is very good.

      The phone number to make an appointment to meet with him is 585-599-4833.

      If the Spirit is prompting you to search out answers, I recommend that you make an appointment with him to get a personal explanation of the Faith.

      Good luck; may God bless you; and please don’t hesitate to come back to visit.

  16. Emily says:

    Hey,
    I’m currently doing a youth internship for WYD 2011 Madrid where myself and 2 other friends do 4 hours of work in our parish per week (roughly) and we were thinking of starting a youth group since we don’t have one.
    I was wondering if you could tell me some of the things you do to help us get started.
    Thanks heaps,
    xo Em

  17. obaz ambrose says:

    please send me books to help me teach others and also give to my friends.my address is: obaz ambrose. catholic diocese of Uromi.pmb 7.uromi edo state,Nigeria.

  18. Jeremy A. says:

    Nick, it was amazing reading your responses to some of these questions, esp. in regards to Elizabeth. You got that young lady thinking, and I think that is the best thing that you could have done. I am getting married in a few days (literally) and both “B” and I waiting until we were married, over two years. But it totally made us stronger, knowing that we were not together for that reason alone. I want you to know that I will keep you guys in your prayers and that this site makes me proud to call VP home! Good luck and God bless!

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Jeremy,

      Thank you very much for the kind thoughts. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to update the site anymore; so, I just maintain it by answering comments that continue (occassionally) to come in. I really enjoyed doing the blog. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to continue it.

      I pray for God’s grace in your upcoming marriage. You are called to a very important vocation, and God will protect you both. Good luck.

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