Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,
 
We are approaching Holy Week and with that, time for deep reflection and prayer in preparation for the Triduum and Easter. In addition to the usual Saturday Confession time, our parish will be offering the opportunity for Confession during a Lenten Penance Service on Monday of Holy Week, March 30th beginning at 7:30pm in the church for all who would like to participate in the sacrament alongside the larger parish community. We look forward to walking withyou in this journey of Holy Week as we trace the Passion of Our Lord and grow in prayerful anticipation of his Resurrection.

In addition, we have the Walking Stations of the Cross on Good Friday beginning at 7:30pm on the soccer fields where we will travel around the perimeter of the field from station to station reflecting on the journey Christ made to Calvary. We would love to have you and your family join us for this as we gather together.
 
 
As always, if you would like to get involved and help us share the word about the World Meeting of Families here in the St. John’s Parish Community, please contact our World Meeting of Families Parish Liaison, Magda Manetas, at magdamanetas@comcast.net. Magda is also keeping a contact list of those parishioners who are getting involved with the WMOF in a variety of ways with the home stay, volunteering, attending the conference, the Papal Mass, et. al. Contact her with your involvement today!

 
Let us pray together…
 
God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer
and to always seek your truth and live in your love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
 World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015
 

 
NEW! Help Needed! You can earn service hours helping our 50th Anniversary Committee with their mass mailing! Our 50th Anniversary Committee is in need of help from our great youth volunteers with preparing and stuffing the envelopes for their mass mailing to the parish on Monday, April 6th from 7-9pm in the Convent. They will be mailing out approximately 2,000 pieces and need to affix labels to envelopes, stuff the envelopes and seal them. They will have adult volunteers helping with this task as well. If anyone needs service hours this would be a great opportunity for them to earn 2-3 hours. The more volunteers they have, the quicker it will get done! Email Anne at avgladwell@verizon.net to sign-up and volunteer today. Thank you so much!

DONATE! Collection for Baby Supplies
Please join us in collecting new baby supplies for the Bucks County Family Center for Catholic Social Services. If you have any items that you would like to contribute to this collection, please bring them to the Parish Office Building with a label for “Youth Ministry Collection”. We will deliver our collected items on April 3rd, so please be sure to drop off any new or unused items to St. John’s Convent by April 2nd. Check out the flyer attached to this email. Thank you for your help with this initiative! Contact youthministires@stjohnpa.org with any questions!
 
OUR LAST WEEK! Mom Mom’s Pizza and Stromboli Fundraiser
Check out the flyer attached to this email for our Lenten fundraiser with Mom-Mom’s in Newtown. They have delicious pizza and stromboli! You can submit your order each week by Tuesday at noon via email to youthministries@stjohnpa.org for pick-up that Friday afternoon. All payments are due at pick-up and checks can be made payable to St. John’s Youth Ministry. Thank you for your support!2015 Mom Mom Order Form SJE YM
 
DESIGNER BAG BINGO featuring Coach and Vera Bradley Bags! We need your help!
Mark your calendar to join St. John’s Youth Ministry for a Designer Bag Bingo fundraiser on Friday, April 10th, 2015 here in our Parish Center from 7-10pm (doors open at 6pm). Tickets are going fast and we have a limited number to sell for the entire event! The cost per person is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. There will be amazing prizes, raffle baskets, and our awesome youth working the event in order to raise funds for the upcoming Steubenville and World Youth Day trips. This is a BYO food and beverage evening and can be a great ladies night out! Tables of 6 or more can be reserved in advance. We are asking our youth and families attending Steubenville or World Youth Day to donate a case of water or soda for us to sell at this event. In addition, we are looking for donations and sponsors from the community. If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or you would like to attend, please contact youthministries@stjohnpa.org today! Bulletin Insert Designer Bag Bingo
 
Volleyball 2015
We will have practice this Sunday from 1-2 for both teams. Then, in the evening, two St. Bede’s teams will be visiting for two scrimmages against our teams. Our first scrimmage will be at 6pm followed by the second scrimmage at 7pm. All are welcome to join us!
 
Weekly Youth Group Meetings 
Jr. High Youth Group Weekly meetings are held on Fridays from 7-9pm for ALL Jr. High Youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th from any school. We have a few special events coming up and a shift with our regular meetings. Please see the schedule below.

Upcoming meeting dates: 
 
Friday, March 27th, 2015 (Passion Play at St. Ignatius) We will meet on Friday at 7pm outside the front of St. Ignatius’ church for the play which begins at 7:30pm in their lower church. The play will go from 7:30-9 or so.  Bring $5 with you as well for the entrance fee!
Friday, April 3rd, 2015 (Walking Stations of the Cross on the soccer fields at 7:30pm)
Friday, April 10th, 2015 NO MEETING (Coach Bingo event for adults in Parish Center)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 (NET Missionaries visit for Retreat from 7-9 in Parish Center!)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 (LIVE THE MISSION Youth Retreat @ St. Charles 9am-5pm)
 
High School Youth Group Weekly meetings are held on Sundays from 6-8pm for ALL High School Youth in grades 9-12 from any school. There are a few weeks of no meetings approaching. Please check the schedule below. 

Upcoming meeting dates:
 
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 (Volleyball Scrimmages)
Sunday, April 5th, 2015 NO MEETING Happy Easter!
Sunday, April 12th, 2015 (TOB and Gym)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 (NET Missionaries visit for Retreat from 7-9 in Parish Center!)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 (LIVE THE MISSION Youth Retreat @ St. Charles 9am-5pm)
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 (TOB and Gym)
 

Sight and Sound Theatre – MOSES 
Are you interested in going with us to see Moses at Sight and Sound in Lancaster? We will be traveling out to see Moses on Saturday, April 11th for the 2:45 show that afternoon. Tickets are $67 each for those 13 and older. Send an email to youthministries@stjohnpa.org to join the group!
 
Steubenville Conference June 26-29, 2015 
It’s official! The Steubenville Youth Conference registration is open and our group will be attending from June 26-29. We will leave St. John’s after the 8am Mass on Friday, June 26th and return around 7pm on Monday, June 29th, 2015. The cost of this trip is $400 per person. If you are interested in details about this trip, joining the wait list, making a donation to our youth, or have any other questions, please contact our Youth Minister, Maria Parker, at youthministries@stjohnpa.org. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of your registration to secure you a spot along with your two registration forms. Thank you for your interest and support! 
 
NEW! Girl Scouts Color Run 
The Girl Scouts will be hosting a Color Run in Morrisville on May 17th and are looking for people to sign-up for this fun event to support their travel ventures! Girl Scouts Color RunAltar Serving

Our Altar Servers take on a special role in the Masses assisting our priests throughout the liturgy. Our Jr. High and High School youth are able to serve the parish in this unique capacity. Thank you for your service to St. John’s in this role. Sign-ups have altered and instead of the online system, the schedule will be created and then emailed to you. If you are in 6th-12th grades and would like to become an Altar Server, please send us an email letting us know of your interest.
 
NEW! Live the Mission Youth Retreat- Join us for this!
Our group will be attending the Live the Mission Youth retreat for all those in 6th-12th grades on Saturday, April 18th at St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Registration to attend must be done through the youth group. The cost per person is $10 and our youth minister, Maria Parker, and Deacon Joe, will be bringing a group to this retreat. Please email Maria at youthministries@stjohnpa.org if you are interested in attending!5392f62c-545b-422d-9310-f3edce734bd7

THIS WEEKEND! CCR Youth Retreat
CCR Youth Retreat at Conwell-Egan High School on Saturday, March 28 from 9-3pm. CCR Youth Retreat

SIGN-UP! Covenant House Sleep Out to support homeless youth with Teens for Teens
On Friday, April 17th Teens for Teens will be hosting a sleep out at the Trenton Thunder following their game that evening. Teens for Teens is inviting everyone to attend the TrentonThunder game that evening and then stay over night for a night sleeping outside to raise money and awareness of homelessness among our youth population. Our friends, Elli Nassivera and Kyra Laushell, are asking for your help raising awareness of this great event and attending the baseball game that evening with them! Tickets need to be purchased through them for the baseball game and then they are coordinating the sleepout on the field afterwards. Please check out the attached flyer for more details. You can sign-up as a St. John’s group member or get your school to sign-up groups for this event as well. People of all ages are invited to this event, so families can sign-up and do this together!

Covenant House Flyer
 
Vacation Bible School July 2015
St. John’s Youth Ministry will be hosting a Vacation Bible School this upcoming summer for all children in Kindergarten through 6th grades. Our youth in grades 7-12 will be the camp counselors for the week of camp which will be held during this last week of July from July 27-31. Please mark your calendars and share this with your friends and neighbors! Information will be coming out about how to register for the camp and how to apply to be a camp counselor. Our camp counselors also work the week before preparing for the week of VBS. Contact Maria Parker at youthministries@stjohnpa.org with questions and comments.Vacation Bible School 2015 Flyer
 
World Youth Day July 2016
St. John’s Youth Ministry will be attending World Youth Day in Poland July 2016. Our group is forming and we have begun fundraising efforts for this trip. You are still able to join us as part of the group! Upon registration, a $400 deposit is due and a registration form needs to be completed. If you want to learn more about this trip, please contact Maria Parker at youthministries@stjohnpa.org. Please keep our group in your prayers as we prepare for this amazing experience. We would love for your college age children or young adult children in their 20’s to join us for this amazing trip!
Maria Parker
Director of Youth Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Parish
752 Big Oak Rd.
Morrisville, Pa 19067
youthministries@stjohnpa.org