Hello Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,
Happy Labor Day weekend to all of you! It’s hard to believe the summer is coming to an end and the school year is already upon us. Thank you for all of your support throughout the summer months, we look forward to what the fall has in store for us. Attached to this email are registration forms for youth group, registration for Altar Servers, our World Youth Day trip information, Family Movie Night, and the Bucks County teen field day event flyer. All youth from any parish or school are invited and welcome to join us. In order to participate in any youth group events this year, all registration materials need to be submitted prior to involvement. So, we will have these forms at any event in order for you to attend. Please read through this email to see when things will be starting and what you may need to do or attend in order to get all of the information you need. We look forward to seeing all of you at Mass, and at our events. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Bakery Basket (sponsored by Youth Ministry) Sunday, September 7th
A reminder to all of our awesome Youth Ministry families that St. John’s Youth Ministry will be sponsoring next week’s Bakery Basket after the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses and we are still in need of juice, milk, and baked goods. If you are able to join us in bringing an item to Bakery Basket, please reply via email so we can keep track of what we still need and meet us on Sunday, September 7th in bringing your item and engaging in community building. Thank you for your support!
Weekly Youth Group Meetings
Jr. High Youth Group Weekly meetings will be held on Fridays from 7-9pm for ALL Jr. High Youth in grades 6-8 here at St. John’s beginning on Friday, September 12th. We will be meeting in the Parish Center for the start of the year. High School Youth Group Weekly meetings will be held on Sundays from 6-8pm for ALL High School Youth in grades 9-12 here at St. John’s beginning on Sunday, September 14th. We will be meeting in the Parish Center for the start of the year. 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. Papers will be available at any youth group event to be filled out by parents so as to allow anyone to participate! Email email@example.com with any questions. Download Jr. High Group paperwork. Download High School paperwork. Download Archdiocesan Code of Conduct form.
NEW! Family Movie Night (Friday, September 19th 7:30pm)
Join fellow parishioners out on the lawn of the Parish Center to watch the movie God’s Not Dead on Friday, September 19th at 7:30pm. If it rains, we will move into the Parish Center. All parishioners and friends are invited to join us in this parish event. Tom Burke is the coordinator for the event and is in need of help setting up for the movie night, selling food and drink prior to the movie beginning, and taking down the equipment after the movie. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to offer your help. We look forward to seeing you for this great event!
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 email@example.com to get information on how to register and travel with our group.
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. We will have another Altar Server Training on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 from 6-7:30pm in the Church for all current and interested servers. Please mark your calendars today! Email with any questions. Thank you for your service as altar servers! Download the registration form that you must bring to the training.
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 tentative meeting dates in the Parish Office Building.
Sunday, September 14th 1pm-3pm
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 20th 7pm-8pm
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!
Abbey Faith and Music Festival!
Go to their website to buy your tickets and join us for this event. We have three tickets with our group remaining for $27 each if you are interested.) The 2014 Abbey Faith & Music Festival will feature Matt Maher, Audrey Assad and others live in concert! It is being held on Saturday, September 20 from 11am – 9pm at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli PA. All youth groups and school groups are encouraged to attend this “Catholic Woodstock.” It will be a day long music festival on an outdoor stage on the beautiful grounds of Daylesford Abbey, a Norbertine community in Paoli. In addition to music, there will be some great speakers like Bill Donaghy from the Theology of the Body Institute, as well as Eucharistic Adoration under the stars! Please visit their website at www.theabbeyfest.com.
World Youth Day Meeting
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! The meeting will be held on Sunday, September 21st from 1-2pm in Meeting Room A of the Parish Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are going to be joining us or have any questions!