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Ball brings young adults together in faith

Group at St. Kateri Catholic Church hosts Christmas Ball

Posted: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Christmas Ball attendees dance in a coordinated line.

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On Dec. 21 a small group, based out of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church on Copper Hill, hosted a Christmas Ball. The second annual ball was a formal event sponsored by the Young Beloved group.

Young Beloved is a group for adults ages 18 to 30 who come together to express and deepen their faith, while connecting socially. Members get together twice per month in social settings and faith formation meetings.

In between

“We are a group of young adults who love God and are seeking more,” said Robert Limon, 22, group coordinator. “This is a way to keep us in tune with our faith and give us something to do to free our spirits.”

A group of young adults started Young Beloved after graduating high school. They wanted to have a group they could be an active part of, much like the youth group they were a part of for so many years in high school.

“Once we graduated high school there were no groups for young adults, there was no in-between” said Gina Madera, 20, event co-coordinator.

Young Beloved unofficially began meeting in September 2011 and after receiving the parish approval, the group officially began this January.

The group also hosts faith formation meetings where topics such as evangelism and the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas are discussed. Other meetings focus on social aspects. Members meet for barbecues, movie nights and holiday events such as Thanksgiving dinner or the Christmas Ball.

“This group gives me a chance to give back to the church and community and be among friends,” Madera said. “I’ve seen people who were very strong in their faith and then lose it after they graduate high school. This gives people an opportunity to remain close to their faith.”

Christmas Ball

The idea for the Christmas Ball came from a desire to have a formal event for the group, much like a prom or Yule ball. So Slattery Hall at St. Kateri was transformed into a winter scene with a Christmas tree, lights and decorations. Attendees donned suits and formal gowns and played games and danced.

The ball featured a king and queen. Nominees were members of the group who had actively volunteered in the parish and community.

“Nominees were people who give their time and who live out their faith; they are role models to our group,” Madera said.

The group also invited members of St. Clare’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help to attend the Christmas Ball and invitations were open to friends.

“The event was really fun and very well put together,” said Claudia Bangasser, 25, who attended with her husband, David.

Nearly 50 people attended the event. Attendees ate, played ice breaking games, danced and socialized all in a faith-focused setting. Bangasser felt the event was an opportunity for other young adults, who may have never attended Bible studies, to get to know the group in a social setting.

“This is for people who are interested in deepening their faith. There is something for everyone,” Limon said. “We come together to meet other young adults and learn about God with people who are of like mind and like age.”

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