Happy March!!

Thanks for wanting to stay up-to-date with our monthly newsletters! If you are new to these monthly newsletters and the young adult ministry here at St. Joseph Cathedral... WELCOME!  We promise not to spam you! Newsletters will include a list of monthly activities, special YAM announcements and events from the Parish AND Diocese, and much more. So thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions or concerns about anything --young adult ministry related or not-- or just need someone to talk to, feel free to contact me,  Dorinamae , and I would love to meet with you and spend time with you! Peace!


March 1 -- NO MEETING! Check parish website for Ash Wednesday Mass Times
March 8 6:30pm-8:30pm
--Bible Study @ Cathedral Rectory

March 15 -- NO MEETING!

March 17 5:00pm-7:00pm
--YAM hosts St. Patrick's Day Lent Dinner @ Holy Family Center
March 22 -- NO MEETING! Parish Penance Service
March 29 6:30pm-8:30pm
--Movie Night @ Cathedral Rectory

YAM Hosts St. Patrick's Day Lent Dinner
Our Lent schedule will be a little wild... but we're all adults and can handle the chaos! Instead of meeting the week of the 15th, the young adults will be hosting the weekly parish Lenten dinner on Friday, March 17th... St. Patrick's Day! No, we will not just serve cabbage! We'll be serving at a bar... BAKED POTATO BAR! So, grab the one green shirt you wear every March 17 and come join us for this special evening! All Lenten Dinners will be from 5pm-7pm in the Holy Family Center. See ya there!
Parish Penance Service
Wednesday, March 22nd
As we travel through the season of Lent, we have many things to reflect on. As a parish, our Lenten theme, Earthen Vessels: Lifting Up Our Brokenness, calls us to reflect on our human frailty. As fragile, broken disciples of Christ, we fall... A LOT! Because our God understands this, He took matters into His own perfect hands and, 2000 years ago, He came to wash away all our inequities. He also established the gift of the priesthood and the sacraments to help us. Join us on Wednesday March 22nd at 7pm in the Cathedral for our Lenten Penance Service. There will be several priests who will be available to hear confessions and allow us the peace that comes with the forgiveness and absolution of Christ. There will be multiple Penance Services around our deanery throughout Lent but please take advantage of this one! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me or the parish office. We are only able to mend our brokenness by the grace and perfection of our Creator, and Lent is a perfect time to do this!
There are 3 specific "Pillars of Lent" that we are called to be mindful of...  prayer, fasting, almsgiving. Sometimes, it is easier to stay accountable by being amongst others who are praying, fasting, and giving alms to the same cause. So, as a group, we have decided to fast, pray, and donate to and for the same thing. The Core Team and I have prayerfully considered fasting from eating out (including Wednesday dinners!)... maybe it looks different for others! Maybe for every meal you purchase, you match it and donate the rest. You can give up eating out altogether or maybe giving up all junk food or maybe limiting your consumption of buying food from elsewhere... hey! Maybe it'll be a good time to learn to cook! This isn't some sort of weight loss plan. It's for us to learn to live in simplicity and to be content with what Christ has already given to us. There are many young adults around the world who don't have the same luxuries as we do so we join in solidarity. Among our own personal prayers, we will unite our prayers for several special intentions. You may choose one specific for yourself or all... or something else. Here are just a few suggestions: for an overall revival of faith for youth and young adults around the world especially in this diocese of San Diego; for the special intentions and protection of our Holy Father, Bishop McElroy, and all priests especially in the diocese of San Diego; for the unborn, especially those who are at the risk of abortion; victims of human trafficking.. among many others. With the money we save from buying food, we will collect it in a money jar that we will have at our weekly meetings and donate it all to a group, Children of the Immaculate Heart, a non-profit group that helps victims of human trafficking. In April, we will host Grace Williams, President of CIH, and she will be talking with us about their organization and the harsh realities of human trafficking here in San Diego. More details in next month's newsletter but it'll be something to look forward to. Please consider joining us and donating your savings/almsgiving to CIH with us. What a beautiful gift of self! When we feed the hungry, give thirst to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned... we do it for Christ Himself.

Volunteers are needed to help bring the Eucharist to the sick and homebound on Saturday mornings. You would not be going alone but with a group of two or more. We leave from the Cathedral right after the 9am Saturday Mass (~9:30). If you are interested and available even one or two Saturdays a month, come join us on a Saturday or contact Val-   valizzo@gmail.com for more info.

Save the date for this FREE diocesan retreat coming in March! For precisely $0.00, you get a day packed with excellent speakers, food, Mass, Adoration, Confession, and a concert by a pretty sweet praise and worship band! Retreat will be held at Mission San Diego de Alcala. Let us know if you have any questions! More details including registration information will follow. See ya there!
What do YOU want to do?

On Tuesday, February 28th...MARDI GRAS, St. Joe's YAM hosted its first in-house Paint and Wine Night! We enjoyed good food, wine, beer, stress free paint class! Maybe next month's fellowship will be an idea you come up with! If you have any ideas for other fun activities the group can do together, shoot us an email and we'll make it our next fellowship meeting! Send all suggestions to Dorinamae at Dorinamae@sdcathedral.org. Thanks!      
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To GOD be the glory!