The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

April 29, 2013

Diocesan youth rally at Kennedy

Aim: Incorporate God into lives

HERMITAGE — Close to 500 middle school kids from Catholic churches and schools in the Erie Diocese on Sunday packed into the gym at Kennedy Catholic High School for the annual middle school youth rally.

“The purpose of the youth rally is to incorporate the theme of God into our lives. This is great – it gives us hope to see 500 kids here,” Deacon John Mang of Our Lady of Peace, Erie, said.

The Youth Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Erie, which plans the annual rally, invited a group of students from Mercyhurst College, Erie, to run the show this year.

“Myracle” is like any other college student organization. The group of 35, sponsored by the college campus ministry, coordinates retreats, gives talks to youths and more.

They are eager to spread their message to any group.

“The club is only two years old and we’re really getting the ball rolling – hopefully for a long time,” John Wagner, a junior at Mercyhurst, said.

Myracle has taken their act on the road to churches, schools and other organizations all over western and central Pennsylvania, from Erie to Pittsburgh to DuBois.

“This is a great opportunity to give back to the community,” Wagner said.

He explained a game they play with kids that opens up discussion on issues that youths face daily. Some of the kids will have the sign, “Say hi to me,” placed on their foreheads. The game gets kids talking to each other and then the Myracle group talks to the youths on a peer level.

The Myracle group is not messing around when it comes to spreading the word of God. They are dedicated to putting on a show that keeps kids interested.

In the Kennedy gym around 1:30 p.m., you would have found the lively Joe Goodwin rapping about faith and God, which had the kids up on their feet.

Shortly after, he had everyone’s rapt attention as he spoke of how much fun life is with God in it. Goodwin told the crowd he gave up a full scholarship to college because he was called to be a missionary.

“I have not regretted it one day,” Goodwin said.

Tammie Mang, parishioner of Our Lady of Peace, Erie, summed up the theme of the rally: “It’s fun to have faith,” she said.

For more information on “Myracle” visit their website at www.myracle.org

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 3rd Earth Fest draws families to Penn State

    Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents.
    Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Amish clean Shenango River Volunteers protect Shenango River

    Shenango River Watchers has spent more than a decade working to clean up the Shenango and improve recreational access to its water and banks.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • For many, recycling’s become way of life

    When Pennsylvania mandated curbside recycling for its larger municipalities in 1998 – those with more than 5,000 people – there was grumbling about government interference in the lives of everyday people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Many items can’t be thrown away

    The computer screen in front of you isn’t likely to do you much harm, at least not until it’s tossed in a landfill where the lead-filled components start to leak and eventually find their way into your drinking water, according to Jerry Zona, director of the Lawrence-Mercer County Recycling/Solid Waste department.

    April 22, 2014

  • David Sykes' solar panels Earthworks

    While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burned using Icy Hot, woman claims

    A Grove City woman has sued Chattem Inc. and Rite Aid of Pennsylvania Inc., alleging she suffered a second-degree chemical burn using one of Chattem’s Icy Hot pain relief products.

    April 21, 2014

  • Family outing Family friendly

    “We’re No. 5’’ isn’t a sports cheer you’ll hear any time soon.
    But considering the lumps the greater area has gotten over the years on economic rankings, it’s an outright victory.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • To demolish or not Tear it down? Fix it up?

    In 2007, Richard D. Givens bought a home at 831 Knobwood Drive in Hermitage for $245,000.
    Today, the city of Hermitage is seeking the demolition of the now-vacant house, arguing the damage from water infiltration makes the structure not worth saving.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 19, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014

  • Soap box derby finds new home

    The Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids soap box derby for special-needs kids is moving to Sharpsville.

    April 19, 2014

  • News briefs from April 18, 2014

    ‘Nonspecific threat’ prompts evacuation

    Supreme Court refuses to hear couple’s appeal

    Lung Association offering free radon test kits

    April 18, 2014

  • Man admits to choking; rape case is dropped

    A Greenville man on Thursday pleaded down a rape case to simple assault and continued to deny that he committed any sexual crimes.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge issues tabletop ads injunction against couple

    A judge recently handed down an injunction prohibiting a Sharon man, his wife and two companies associated with the wife from working in the tabletop advertising business within 100 miles of Sharon.

    April 18, 2014