This Week: September 28th – October 4th

Dear Parents, Youth and Friends of Youth Ministry,

We look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday for the Parish Day of Service from 9am-3pm. Please join us if you are around- the weather is supposed to be beautiful! We also will begin our annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale fundraiser for October, taking orders for your delicious Thanksgiving pies- keep an eye out for the order form to come via email and the bulletin.

We will be ordering the Theology of the Body workbooks next week, so if your child is interested in joining us for the youth group sessions, please submit your paperwork by October 1st so your child’s book is on-time. Any registrations received after October 1st will be ordered, but may arrive after the first session.

Mother Daughter Tea with Friends of Fertility Care

Mothers of daughters from 10-to-13 years of age!  Join us for this special afternoon to explore your human fertility as it is meant, a powerful and precious gift from God. While enjoying a lovely afternoon with your Daughter, help her discover the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman.  Age-appropriate talks will uncover the physical changes of the body, the functions of the female reproductive system and the sacredness of human life.  Development of healthy relationships with a strong emphasis on modesty will be discussed.

The purpose of this program is to provide an atmosphere of love and learning to discuss the important topic of growing up and beginning to establish a foundation for continued communication between parents and their children, particularly mothers and their daughters. 

When :   Sunday, October 12, 2014  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Where :  St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA  19067

Contact:  Theresa Strenge, RN, FCP
Friends of FertilityCare Practitioner
tcstrenge@yahoo.com
267-342-2512

To register online, go to:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9rc1g225d061d08&llr=vklsa7eab

Weekly Youth Group Meetings

Jr. High Youth Group Weekly meetings will be held on Fridays from 7-9pm for ALL Jr. High Youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades from any school. We will be meeting in the Parish Center for the start of the year. Upcoming meeting dates:

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 (40 Hours)

High School Youth Group Weekly meetings will be held on Sundays from 6-8pm for ALL High School Youth in grades 9-12 from any school. We will be meeting in the Parish Center for the start of the year. Upcoming meeting dates:

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 (40 Hours)

Paperwork is now available and can be downloaded from the links on the left of this page. All paperwork needs to be submitted prior to participation in any youth ministry event. Registration and the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct will need to be filled out, signed, and submitted to our Youth Minister, Maria Parker. These registration forms will be available at every youth group event to be filled out by parents of new youth who join us so as to allow anyone to participate! Email youthministries@stjohnpa.org with any questions.

Theology of the Body

Throughout Youth Group this year, we will be addressing the Theology of the Body for Teens distributed by Ascension Press. We will be using the Middle School Edition with our Jr. High Youth and the High School edition with our High School Youth. These meetings will occur throughout the month in our regular weekly meetings. Two meetings per month will be dedicated to the Theology of the Body materials beginning on October 10th and October 12th for each group. If you are interested in checking out this material and coming to a Parent’s Session prior to your child’s involvement, you are welcome to join us on Wednesday, October 8th here in the Saint John Paul II Room of Parish Office Meeting Building. We will gather from 6pm-7pm to view and discuss the Jr. High Parent’s video and from 7pm-8pm to do the same with the High School Parent’s video. Both videos are very similar, so if you’d like to only attend one video even though you have children in both age categories that is ok. This evening is for your information and prior registration is required in order to plan effectively for the evening. Email youthministries@stjohnpa.org to register today! Thank you.

Seek Conference 2015

Attention all High School Seniors and College Students! We will be traveling to Seek 2015 in Nashville from December 30th-January 6th, 2015. Have you asked yourself how to grow closer to Christ while also engaging in the Catholic community more sincerely? Are you wondering how to answer questions about your faith? Would you like to hang out with 7,000 other Catholic youth and young adults who are excited about the faith? This conference is for you! Anyone from any school is invited to attend. Check out the information online at www.seek2015.com. You will not want to miss out on this experience! Contact youthministries@stjohnpa.org to get information on how to register and travel with our group.  

 

Pasta Dinner Partnership With the Knights

We Invite You to Join Us!

St. John’s Youth Ministry has partnered together with the Knights of Columbus for their Annual Pasta Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 25th in the Parish Center following the 5:30pm Mass. We are very excited for this partnership with the Knights and to begin to share with you, our fellow parishioners, about the endeavor we are working towards. In July 2016, we are planning to take a trip of our youth to Krakow, Poland for the World Youth Day Pilgrimage. This trip is, for many, a once in a lifetime experience, and the cost of this trip per person is roughly $3,600. In order to make this trip a reality for our youth, we have begun our fundraising efforts. This Pasta Dinner will provide us with an opportunity to serve you and share with you about this pilgrimage. We very much look forward to talking with you about our upcoming trip as we stand with the Knights for the ticket sales throughout the month of October, and as we join you at the Pasta Dinner.  We could use your help! First and foremost, please pray for our youth and in a special way for all those youth who are preparing for this pilgrimage. We need your prayers as we discern God’s will for us in regards to World Youth Day. Additionally, please, mark your calendars and join us for this evening! It is going to be so much fun! We are in the process of putting together a couple of raffle baskets for the evening, and if you are interested in making a donation of an actual basket for us to use or items for the baskets, please contact our youth minister, Maria Parker, and she can talk with you about this. Her email is youthministries@stjohnpa.org. We would like to have different themed baskets, and the ideas being pursued are: A Movie Night, Italian Delight, Fall Harvest, and Christmas Spectacular. Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our youth in their pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. We are so humbled by your generosity and encouragement.

World Youth Day Meeting This Sunday!

We will have a World Youth Day interest meeting for anyone who is interested in attending WYD with us in 2016. If you are even a little bit interested in attending, you are welcome to join us for this meeting to learn about the trip! A flyer is attached to this email about the specifics of the trip. The meeting will be held on Sunday, September 21st from 1-2pm in Meeting Room A of the Parish Center. Email youthministries@stjohnpa.org if you are going to be joining us or have any questions!

Bucks County High School Youth Field Day October 19th, 2014

We will be attending a Bucks County High School Youth Field Day at St. Bede’s on Sunday, October 19th, leaving St. John’s at 1pm. ALL High School Youth are invited to attend this with us, and we could use a couple of adult volunteers! Please mark your calendars now if you’re interested in attending. The event is FREE and we can establish carpools with one another!

Service Opportunities:

These are additional service opportunities for our youth to earn service hours for Confirmation, Honors Society, and School. They are a great opportunity to engage in our larger faith community! Please read below and see if any of these interest you.

 Altar Serving

For all those who are trained Altar Servers, we need your help in signing-up on the schedule at this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A48AAAE2AA5FF2-mass/17590335. We ask each server to sign-up for at least 2 masses each month so that we have proper coverage for the Saturday and Sunday masses.

Jr. High Retreat Team

The Jr. High Retreat will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10am-7pm here at St. John’s for ALL youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 from any school or parish. The Retreat Team is made up of any 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who would like to join us to lead the retreat for the Jr. High youth. If you are interested in joining us on this team this year for the 2014 retreat, please mark your calendars now for the remaining meeting dates in the Parish Office Building.

Sunday, October 12th 1pm-3pm

Sunday, October 26th 1pm-3pm

Sunday, November 2nd 1pm-3pm

Saturday, November 15th 3pm-6:30pm (attend Confession then Mass together @ 5:30pm)

Tuesday, November 18th 7pm-8pm

Thursday, November 20th7pm-8pm

Fall Kids Korner

The fall Kids Korner sale will be held on Friday Oct 10 and Sat Oct 11.  We need help running the snack bar, carrying items to people’s cars, and with cleanup.
 
Fri Oct 10:  Snack bar workers from 5pm – 9:30pm (need 1 more, already have one)
Sat Oct 10:  Snack bar 8-10am (2 kids)
                      Snack bar 10am-12noon (2 kids)
                      Snack bar 12:30 -2:30pm (2 kids)
                      Help carrying things: 8-10am (2 kids)
                      Cleanup – 3:30 – 5pm (6-8 kids) 
 
Mrs. Jen Mayle is happy to sign any school forms that the youth have for service hours. You can email her at kidskorner752@gmail.com to sign up.

Ecumenical Day of Service

Sunday, October 26th after the 11:30 Mass until 3pm

Come and volunteer your time with the Social Concerns Committee engaging in service for the larger community.

Maria Parker

Director of Youth Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
752 Big Oak Rd.
Morrisville, Pa 19067
215-295-4102 ext. 118

youthministries@stjohnpa.org

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