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Report from the DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament

The gymnasium at St. Elijah in Oklahoma City was bouncing with activity as more than 150 teens and advisers gathered for the third annual DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament. SOYO members traveled from El Paso, Houston, Denver, Wichita, Omaha and everywhere in between to attend this wonderful event and retreat.

Fr. Michael Nasser served as the retreat speaker for the weekend. He talked with the teens about "Maintaining Faith in Chaos." Everyone in attendance was enlightened by his words of wisdom on how we can make our lives more focused on Christ while living in a world with many distractions.

NAC SOYO Special Olympics Awareness Day

NAC SOYO Special Olympics Awareness Day was this past Sunday (October 18)

This is the day that teens raise awareness of SOYO's ministry to the Special Olympics Athletes.  Please remind your parish teen SOYO and or Church treasurer to send in all of the money collected this past Sunday as soon as possible to:

NAC SOYO Special Olympics
Department Of Youth Ministry
PO Box 389
Westwood, MA 02090

Checks should be made payable to "NAC SOYO Special Olympics."

The Department of Youth Ministry will record the donation into the Archdiocese Database and deposit the money into the SOYO Special Olympics Bank Account from which the SOYO Treasurer will pay the bills incurred at the Antiochian Village for the SOYO Special Olympics Program.  Please note this is a SOYO program not an Antiochian Village program – which means that SOYO rents the camp from the Village and SOYO pays the bills for this program, so please be sure the funds are sent to the Youth Department and not the camp.

All donations from Special Olympics Awareness Day, as has been done in the past, will be published in a future issue of the WORD Magazine, so parishes can verify their donations.

Special Olympics Awareness Day + October 18, 2009

The third Sunday of October, October 18, 2009 is Special Olympics Awareness Day (SOAD) across our Archdiocese.  On Sunday, October 18th, your teen group, or if you have none, your designated representatives, are asked to seek the financial help of your parishioners in funding the 2010 Special Olympics Sports Camp to be held at the Antiochian Village August 13-22, 2010.  Next summer we will be celebrating our 30th Annual Special Olympics Sports Camp.  This ministry is sponsored by the North American Council of Teen SOYO.  Our teens work very hard for this ministry and rely on the generosity and support of the faithful of our Archdiocese and the Order of St. Ignatius.

Please use the following downloads to promote Special Olympics Awareness Day:

2009 Clergy Letter (Word format)

Bulletin Insert for October 11, 2009 (PDF)

Bulletin Insert for October 18, 2009 (PDF)

2010 Special Olympics Application (PDF)

 

SOYO Reaches 40: 40 Years of Raising Generations of Disciples & Leaders

By V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura

Forty years ago, the WORD Magazine recorded that during the Miami Convention of 1969 NAC (Teen) SOYO under the direction of his Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP elected its first President Mr. Robert Laham Jr. The teens were previously a committee of (Senior) SOYO (Senior SOYO is currently known as the Fellowship of St John the Divine). His Eminence with the help of Helen E. Rihbany, the National Teenage Chairwoman of Senior SOYO, set the following as priorities for this Teen Movement in the archdiocese, as found in Helen’s report to the General Assembly.

My Years in Teen SOYO

By V. Rev. Anthony Yazge

I count my life blessed in so many ways. One of those blessings has been my relationship with Teen SOYO. It began when I was twelve years old and the wife of our parish priest encouraged my parents to let me begin participating in Teen SOYO. The people I looked up to and admired were members of Teen SOYO. My cousins were involved. All of the older kids in my parish were active participants. I was ready to be part of the group of cool kids. And so it began and it has yet to end some 35 years later.

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