Greetings! I am writing to invite you to the 18th Annual Diocesan Jr. High Youth Rally! Come join over 500 youth and adults from around the diocese as we gather on November 7, 2015, at White Oak Conference Center for this life-changing day! The theme for the rally is ”MARKED!” As Catholics, there are many ways we use the word “marked” from our baptismal call to the four “marks” of the church. In the news, we read about the Coptic Catholics who were marked for death because of their faith by Isis. There are many different marks that are part of our faith. However, the greatest “mark” is God’s love. Every human being is marked with God’s love. In 1 John 4:7 we read that God is the author of what love is. Whether we accept it or not, we are marked by his love and His desire for us to know this love. He showed His love for us as He sent His only son to die for us! We are marked by this love, and the choice is that we can either accept it or we can refuse His love. Come and find out what it means to be “MARKED” by God, and how we are called to live it! This one-day rally promises to be a great day for both youth and adults! This year’s presenter for the rally is Paul J. Kim. Paul J. Kim is an International youth speaker, vocalist, and beatboxer. He presents and performs full time, sharing his love of Jesus Christ and the New Evangelization via inspirational talks, music, and comedy. The videos he has been featured in on YouTube have accumulated over a million views. His background includes an MA Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy (Hope International), a BA in Philosophy and Theology (Franciscan University), and over a decade of experience in youth ministry. In his free time, Paul enjoys long walks on the beach, making his wife laugh till she falls over, and talking to strangers in random accents. General Information Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Time: 10:30 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m. Location White Oak Conference Center, White Oak, SC Participants: Students in Grades 6 - 8 ONLY Cost: $37.00 per person before October 23, 2015 $47.00 per person after October 23, 2015 (shirts are not available) Please fill out a permission slip and return it with a check made out to St. Theresa the Little Flower by October 18th. Please note we don’t meet that day. You could stick it in the offertory, put it in my office door in the parish hall or turn it into the office.