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Author/Speaker at Southwest Nebraska Cathechism Kickoff

IMPERIAL (SNR) – Chris Stefanick, a nationally-known speaker and author, was the special guest at the Southwest Nebraska Catechism Kickoff in Imperial Sept. 28.

More than 250 grade 7-12 youths and sponsors attended his program, "The Gospel Unplugged," in Chase County High School’s auditorium. Opening with music and a "sing-off," Stefanick quickly captured the youths’ interest.

In his opening remarks, Stefanick said that we all get used to things—conveniences like cell phones, microwaves, and even flying.

"We’re not amazed anymore," he said. "Tragically, we do that with God, too. But, His love is not something we should get used to," he said.

Jesus’ forgiveness is ever present, too, he said. "He doesn’t want just the good part of you, He wants your bad, too, in Confession," he said.

Mr. Stefanick is currently director of youth, young adult and campus ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver. A regular on Catholic media and other programs, he also was a speaker during World Youth Day activities in Spain in August. He has co-authored two books, "Do I Have to Go?—101 questions about the Mass, the Eucharist and Your Spiritual Life" and "Raising Pure Teens—10 strategies to protect (or restore) your teenager’s innocence."

Grant funds from the Lincoln Diocesan Catholic Foundation helped bring Mr. Stefanick to southwest Nebraska. Students from Imperial, Wauneta, Palisade, Wallace, Hayes Center, Paxton, Ogallala, Indianola, Benkelman, Stratton and Holyoke, Colo. and their sponsors attended.

Mr. Stefanick answered several questions from the youths at the end of the program.

- Story from Jan Schultz of Imperial

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