Montini Catholic's Lasallian Youth group members have embarked on a monthly 'divine' adventure outside of the Theology classroom. One Sunday every month the group gets together for what they have named Divine Donut Sunday. "This idea came about because of the desire for my students to take their faith more seriously," said Theology teacher and Lasallian Youth Advisor, Mr. Denis Block. "They weren't really sure where to start." The group put their heads together and decided that the best place to be to strengthen one's faith would be Sunday Mass - "Of course, donuts after, adds a little more enjoyment to any morning!"
On November 10th nine sophomores and Mr. Block began their morning together with Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard. "After Mass we went to Dunkin’ for coffee and donuts," informed Block. "We were having such a good time together, so some of the students, who were members of Sacred Heart Parish, and familiar with Lombard, took the group to Lilacia Park to enjoy the fall weather and explore the beautiful park!"
Block and his students hope their new idea will become a Lasallian Youth tradition - visiting a new local parish each month. (Last month they visited St. Pius X). "Next month’s parish and donut shop will be chosen soon," said Block.
Lasallian Youth derives its name from St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers. De La Salle was a priest from a wealthy family in 17th century France. He actively lived his life in response to God's will. This led him to train teachers, to form a new religious congregation, to renounce his wealth in favor of the poor, and to start a system of schools which revolutionized the education of youth at that time. Lasallian schools brought the poor and working class together in the same classroom where the teachers were seen as ministers of Jesus Christ who touched the hearts and minds of the students.
Lasallian Youth began in the United States in 1987 after a group of U.S. high school students attended an international Lasallian Youth gathering in Canada. The enthusiastic U.S. students, so deeply affected by their experience, began Lasallian Youth in the summer of 1988. Because of the experience of this initial group, youth from all over the U.S. were moved to continue the Lasallian experience. Lasallian Youth has become a national movement, involving hundreds of young people who gather regularly as a community to reflect on their experience of service, faith and justice in the light of the Gospel and the story of St. John Baptist de La Salle. (Summarized from the Lasallian Youth Manual)
Montini Catholic Lasallian Youth meets every week. During these meetings they plan service trips and build community by engaging in various games and activities. Members of Lasallian Youth also lead prayer in Montini Catholic's chapel every Tuesday after school.
Image Above: (at Lilacia Park in Lombard) l to r: Isabelle Juda, Gwendolyn Jones, Kathryn Peters, Julia Moran, Guadalupe Herrmann, Michael Flannery, Audrey Kekstadt, Tommy May and Thomas McManus