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2017 SESSIONS

This Bananas Youth Rally will include General Sessions when all participants and adults gather. Keynote speakers and small group sessions are age appropriate. When planning your weekend please use the following as a guide.

  • Middle School: Grades 6, 7, 8
  • High School: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Adult-only sessions

At the time of registration, each participant is asked to select their favorite two sessions. Sessions will be awarded on a first come/first serve basis, so early registration is suggested. Due to space and the desire to keep sessions small, attendance limits have been set for each session.

Adult Sessions are open to any Adults wanting to attend. Please fill out the forms and submit even though you will not be sponsoring youth.

Youth

Rope Your Dreams

Laramie Schlichtemeier

Listen to Laramie as she shares her journey of achieving her great dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Nebraska and  about her brother, Garrett, his story, and how she has  overcome all of the negative in her life. Very inspirational.

Life Changes

Jerhome Windecker

How to overcome the adverse effects of addiction.

Becoming Yoke with Christ, Becoming a Saint

Tim Nowak

Matthew 11:18: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." What it really means to do this.

The Gen Gap

Jacque Harms

Why is my generation labeled? Jacque will explore what it means to be a part of your generation and how we can come to understand other generations.

Finding True Love in the Media

Emily Wyatt

Discover the difference between true love and "Hollywood" love.

Faith in Athletics

Josh Lamberson

Finding Jesus

Macy Granger

Nemo was found in 2013, Dory in 2016, now it's time to find Jesus. This session is a guided meditation designed to build a stronger relationship with Christ.

Faith in Service

Justin Thompson

Come listen to Justin describe how his faith has shaped his service to others in his firefighting career and has transformed his life.

Safety on the Road and in Social Media

JJ Connelly

State Trooper Connelly will discuss the importance of staying safe on the road and on the computer while giving strategies to help you do so.

Teach Me How to Pray!

Fr. Josh Brown

How do you really talk to God? Fr. Josh wants to help you discover the vast array of possibilities in prayer.

Pearls of Africa Mission Project

Matt & Peyton Irish

During the summer of June 2016, Peyton Irish and her father Matt went on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa. They would like to share their experiences so that you can see the needs of people around the world & learn of their experiences of completing mission work so that you too may some day choose to be a missionary.

Called to God

Fr. Neal Hock

Are you interested in learning more about vocations to the Catholic church? Come discuss the adventure of the religious life.

Reduce, Reuse, Rethink

Deb Fuller

Taking care of our world by being good environmental stewards. How can we help save our planet?

Faith in Ministry

Minda Cox

Let Minda tell you of her journey in Christ. She will discuss how her trust in the Lord has been strengthened through her adoption and her disability.

Faith is No Accident

Nathaniel Farley

Listen to Nathaniel discuss his struggles and life changes after his accident. How has he grown closer with God? What you can learn from him.

Finding Your Path

Chelsea Sernett

Exploring how God uses key people and circumstances to lead us down a path toward His glory.

Healthy Media

Wayne Crome, Spirit Catholic Radio

We use Social Media and we can get news updates but we don't always know that what we’re reading or what we’re watching is accurate. Discuss with Wayne how we discern the “healthy” media from media that isn't always truthful.

Dance Worship

Jenna Perlinger

Praise God through music and dancing.

Catholic Heroes

Fr. Matt Koperksi

Explore the lives of Saints and their friends through history who empower and strengthen us to follow Christ heroically in our lives.

Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus Teachers

What does it mean to be “totally yours”? Explore Blessed Pope John Paul II’s idea of devotion and love in Christ.

 
My Calling

Bishop Hanefeldt

Come hang out with and get to know Bishop Hanefeldt and his journey through and to Christ.

 

 

Angel Barrera

Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, Center for Ministry Development

Angel Barrera is a Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services. He has over 10 years of experience in ministry with youth and families in parish, campus ministry and diocesan settings. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has served as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Brownsville.

Angel is a trainer for YouthLeader as well as an author for Youth Ministry Access. He is an instructor in the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program, teaching the Skills for Christian Ministry Course. His role includes coordinating the Youth Ministry Access program, training in the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program, and sharing in leadership in new efforts to assist youth ministry leaders. He lives in Mission, Texas with his young family.

Missonary Benedictine Sisters

The fundamental characteristic of our way of life is seeking God in community. Our common life finds expression in praying and working together, in sharing our goods, both material and spiritual, and in mutual service, support and encouragement. In the United States, our priory center is Immaculata Monastery & Spirituality Center in Norfolk, Nebraska. For over 1500 years, the Rule of Benedict has served as a guide for ordinary men and women who want to live a full Gospel life. We were founded in Tutzing, Germany, in 1885, coming to the US to serve German immigrants in 1923. The missionary identity of our world-wide congregation is easily seen in the cultural diversity among us. Sisters from multiple different countries call the Norfolk Priory home. - See more at: http://www.mbsmissionaries.org/mbs-usa/communitylife/#sthash.itqIEclL.dpuf

Dominic Catalano

Top CAT, CATgear

Brimming with energy, a very quick wit, and a passion for living the authentic life, Dominic Catalano brings excitement, humor and purpose to Catholic evangelism. A Central Florida native, Dominic graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1990 and travelled the world for over seven years before returning home. Since 1997, he has ministered to all ages, especially youth and young adults, through youth ministry, confirmation and high school retreats, and speaking engagements throughout the country. In 2004, Dominic started CATprints to publish a variety of books and calendars. Besides completing his Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, Dominic has officiated hundreds of basketball games from the YMCA to the college level. He enjoys spending time traveling, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Colin MacIver

Training Specialist, Ascension Press

Colin MacIver is Ascension Press’s training specialist and one of the lead authors of the TOB Teens Middle School, TOB Teens High School edition and the newest release, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body studies. Colin MacIver and his wife, Aimee, are the co-authors of the Chosen Parent and Sponsor Guides. He currently teach theology at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana, where he serves as the religion department chair and campus minister. In addition to teaching in Catholic high schools, Colin has also served in various youth ministries for nearly fifteen years. Colin travels nationally and internationally as a team member and speaker for Dumb Ox Ministries, bringing the message of purpose and purity to youth. Colin holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master's degree in theology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. The MacIvers have two children, Leo, and Zelie.

Fr. Mike McDermott

Fr. Michael McDermott holds a B.A. degree from St. Thomas Seminary, Colorado; an S.T.M. degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Maryland; an M.S. degree from Creighton University, Nebraska; and a J.C.L. degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Ordained in 1979 for the Diocese of Grand Island, Fr. McDermott is the pastor of Resurrection Parish as well as the vicar judicial for the diocese. He holds positions on the board of directors and the Institutional Ethics Committee at the St. Francis Medical Center. Fr. McDermott has traveled to Burkina Faso with CRS.

 

Jaci Palmer

Jaci Palmer is wife of Jay, mother of Jett, and Gallup Strengths Finder fanatic. She was a high school teacher who now enjoys serving as a team leader for Thirty-One and being home with her son. She has participated in the Gallup Strengths Summit, numerous talent-oriented leadership programs and has facilitated strengths-based activities in the classroom. She continues to pursue opportunities to be involved in the strengths movement. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education from UNL and her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from UNK. She has previously held multiple leadership roles in teacher associations and community groups. Jaci and her family are a member of St. Theresa Parish in Ericson, Nebraska.

Brenda Petersen

Dr. Brenda Petersen is the founder of an independent consulting firm specializing in academic achievement and scholarship. Dr. Petersen assists a large client base of Nebraska students who each are working to achieve their own academic potential. It is her goal to empower students of all ages by equipping them with the ability to understand and implement their own learning strengths in both academia and everyday life choices. Dr. Petersen received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She received her M.D. in Pulmonary Medicine and her Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from West Virginia University. She is currently a certified master trainer and spokesperson for The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Mental Health First Aid and the QPR programs, traveling nationwide to build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of both mental illness, mental health crisis, both of which can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Petersen and her husband Rick have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Adult Sessions

Round A Sessions

9:15AM-10:15AM

Dressing the Wounds - Theology of the Body in the Teen Battle Field - Colin

Teens and pre-teens are in a confusing time of quest and discovery, especially with issues concerning their bodies, their sexuality, their future and how they relate to others. Please join Colin MacIver as he connects the two hottest topics on the planet—God and sex. The Theology of the Body speaks to the purpose of love and sexuality, but also much more, including the most fundamental question of all: what is the meaning of life? Teens are already surrounded with messages, images, and peer discussion concerning these topics. It is nearly impossible to escape them in today’s culture so it is vital to be there to offer them the truth in a positive and relevant way.

Calling Youth to be Disciples Angel 

This workshop is designed to help you answer Pope Francis’ call to form your young people as missionary disciples in the world. Through exploration of the research and shared experience of faith communities, participants will explore the process for engaging today’s youth and helping them grow as disciples.

Lectio Divina the Word of God Flowing In n Out our hearts - Missonary Benedictine Sisters

This workshop comprises of learning, practicing and listening for God in the Sacred Text and how to deepen your relationship with family and young people.

Catholic Releif Services - Fr. Mike

CRS Global Fellows are priests and deacons who have been trained and vetted to represent Catholic Relief Services in dioceses across the United States. They are available to deliver homilies, give presentations and trainings at large community events, and speak during school assemblies or during a weekend liturgy. They will describe, firsthand, the work of CRS and provide concrete examples of how you can help CRS end poverty around the world.

Applying Strengths to Your Life - Jaci Palmer

Recognize how using your God-given abilities can transform the way you approach your career, relationships and responsibilities. We are each equipped with natural talents and when we focus on those innate traits, we can greatly impact the lives of others. As Catholics, living our strengths means applying them through acts of stewardship within our parish communities. Join us for this session to discuss ways to create a strengths-based environment and how to capitalize on our own talents. Please identify your top five strengths prior to this session by completing the Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment found at www.gallupstrengthscenter.com

Keynote Address - Jessie

 

Round B Sessions

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Building a Vibrant TOB Ministry in your Parish - Colin

Building a solid Theology of the Body outreach is no easy task. In this presentation, Colin MacIver emphasizes the ways in which our local parishes, as well as individual Catholics, can embrace a new evangelizing attitude with the Theology of the Body as its foundation—and transform the laity and aspects of parish life in the process. This approach must, of course, address the particular challenges of our age, but must also be rooted in a vision of the human person that is first a “call to greatness.” Matthew explains how the most effective way to do this is through the extraordinary catechesis known as the Theology of the Body, and he will offer may practical tips on bringing this teaching to your parish life.

Being a Witness of Faith for Youth- Angel

Every parish youth ministry needs leadership whether it is on a retreat team or parish staff. In this session, we will explore what authentic leadership looks like and how we can develop ourselves into genuine witnesses of faith. 

Catholic Releif Services - Fr. Mike 

CRS Global Fellows are priests and deacons who have been trained and vetted to represent Catholic Relief Services in dioceses across the United States. They are available to deliver homilies, give presentations and trainings at large community events, and speak during school assemblies or during a weekend liturgy. They will describe, firsthand, the work of CRS and provide concrete examples of how you can help CRS end poverty around the world. 

FAITH, FASHION, and THE NEW EVANGELIZATION - Dominic

Using fashion to spread the Catholic faith.

Keynote Address - ValLimar

 

Round C Sessions

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Importance of Youth Ministry - Colin

Youth Culture, Best Practices, Small Group Dynamics

  • Diagnosing the Culture
  • Small Groups in the age of the Emoji
  • Love Alone is Credible

Presentation geared toward pumping up the parish youth leaders of what their goals/objectives are for youth ministry in their parishes. Purpose of the talk-- is motivational!

Calling Youth to be Disciples – Angel

This workshop is designed to help you answer Pope Francis’ call to form your young people as missionary disciples in the world. Through exploration of the research and shared experience of faith communities, participants will explore the process for engaging today’s youth and helping them grow as disciples.

The Joy of Love and Love of the Family that flows out of that foundation of listening to the Word of God and living it. - Missonary Benedictine Sisters

Much of the workshop will be based from the book "The Joy of Love on Love in the Family.

QPR Training (Part 1)(Have to participate in Part 2 also, Round D)- Brenda Petersen

To save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. What does QPR mean? Q~Question P~Persuade R~Refer
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
This QPR Gatekeeper course trains participants to use of QPR for Suicide Prevention. Participants will learn about the mature of suicidal communications, and how they may be used as the stimulus for a QPR intervention. To gain perspective, participants are introduced to the history of suicide, suicide prevention and the spectrum of modern day public health suicide prevention education efforts, and will gain the confidence to speak to others to save lives and help prevent suicidal behaviors. The history, background and research support for QPR are reviews. Each participant has the opportunity for individual rehearsal and practice through brief role-plays.

Keynote Address - ValLimar

Bishop's Round-table- Bishop

 

Round D Sessions

1:55 PM - 2:55 PM

Vocation, Prayer and the Theology of the Body- Colin

Each one of us is called by God, of course to holiness and sanctity, but also specifically. Each of us will experience our sanctification and work toward the sanctification of others in a particular state of life. But how do I know my particular calling? What if I get it wrong?

This workshop will focus on fleshing out a three dimensional idea of Vocation and will help equip the participants for discernment through prayer and a real relationship with the God who calls us by name. Our young people’s minds and hearts are formed by bumper sticker philosophies…that is... by unexamined ideas that form the way they see, think, and act. (YOLO, “I’m only human,” “I just feel like…”)A formation in sound philosophy is vital to untangling their view of reality and their ability to grow in faith and a life of virtue. Inherent in the Theology of the Body is a philosophical operating system or lens, that can help to untangle twisted premises and guide our young people toward sound and clear thinking about God, sex, and the very meaning of life.

Being a Witness of Faith for Youth- Angel

Every parish youth ministry needs leadership whether it is on a retreat team or parish staff. In this session, we will explore what authentic leadership looks like and how we can develop ourselves into genuine witnesses of faith.

FAITH, FASHION, and THE NEW EVANGELIZATION - Dominic

Using fashion to spread the Catholic faith.

QPR Training (Part 2)(Have to participate in Part 1 also, Round C)- Brenda 

To save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. What does QPR mean? Q~Question P~Persuade R~Refer
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
This QPR Gatekeeper course trains participants to use of QPR for Suicide Prevention. Participants will learn about the mature of suicidal communications, and how they may be used as the stimulus for a QPR intervention. To gain perspective, participants are introduced to the history of suicide, suicide prevention and the spectrum of modern day public health suicide prevention education efforts, and will gain the confidence to speak to others to save lives and help prevent suicidal behaviors. The history, background and research support for QPR are reviews. Each participant has the opportunity for individual rehearsal and practice through brief role-plays.

Keynote Address - Jessie

Bishop's Round-table- Bishop