This Week: October 25th – November 1st

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Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,

We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend at the Pasta Dinner! Please invite your neighbors, friends, and family to join us for this dinner to help support our World Youth Day fundraising efforts. This will mark the beginning of that adventure! In addition, we have our Pie Sale fundraiser currently going on to support our World Youth Day, Mount 2000, and Steubenville fundraising efforts. Thank you for sharing in this with us!

•Sunday! Youth Group Hayride Check out the attached flyer about a trip to Sleepy Hollow on Sunday, October 26th for all of our youth in grades 6-12 and any parents who would be able to chaperone! Prior notification of attending this trip is required to be sure that everyone has a ride to Sleepy Hollow if you are attending. So, you need to email youth prior to Sunday with the list of who is attending, ages, whether you are meeting at St. John’s or Sleepy Hollow and if you can drive from St. John’s or not. If you have multiple children attending, we would like you to be a driver since we are trying to put together a carpool and that would be most helpful. We will be meeting and leaving from St. John’s convent building on Sunday at 6:00pm. It is a 20 minute ride there. So, youth have the option to meet at St. John’s to carpool with us or meet us at Sleepy Hollow directly. If meeting at St. John’s we are leaving at 6pm, if meeting at Sleepy Hollow, you should expect our group to arrive by 6:30. We will not return to St. John’s until about 9pm. We can have your children call you when we leave Sleepy Hollow Farm. Any youth who are attending and have not completed youth group registration will need to bring the permission form to attend. The $16 can be turned in as exact change in cash or as a check made out to St. John’s Youth Ministry. The $16 includes the hayride and bonfire. Thank you!

•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. This week, we will continue with the Theology of the Body series from Ascension Press. We look forward to seeing you on Friday for dinner and discussion! Upcoming meeting dates:

Friday, October 24th, 2014 (Theology of the Body)


Saturday, November 1st Jr. High Dance from 7:30-9:30 in the Parish Center

Friday, November 7th, 2014 (Theology of the Body)

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. This week, we are traveling to Sleepy Hollow for a Hayride trip. Upcoming meeting dates:

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 (Hayride Trip)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 (Theology of the Body)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014 (Theology of the Body)

Paperwork is now available and attached to this email! 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 with any questions.

•Theology of the Body (TOB) 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 to three meetings per month will be dedicated to the Theology of the Body materials beginning on October 10th and October 12th for each group. NEW: If you are interested in checking out this material and coming to a Parent’s Session prior to your child’s involvement, please contact Due to a low response for Wednesday, October 8th, those parent sessions were cancelled. We are looking to establish parent session nights that work for many of you. Please reply if you are interested!

•Jr. High Dance
Mark your calendar now for the first Jr. High Dance which will be held on Saturday, November 1st in the Parish Center from 7:30-9:30pm. All youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are invited to join us for this dance. The cost is $5 per person. All Jr. High Youth Group members are free if they have completed registration because the cost of the dance is included in registration.

•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 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.

•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: 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 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-8:30pm

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. Our group will be making sandwiches for those in need in the Parish Office Building after the 11:30 Mass that day!


Maria Parker

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

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