Dear Parents, Youth and Friends of Youth Ministry,
We hope this email finds you doing well and enjoying the fall weather! Our weekly youth group meetings are up and running and if your child has not registered yet for youth group but you plan to do so, please register by the end of September to have a Theology of the Body workbook arrive on time for when we begin with those sessions. You can register all throughout the year for youth group, but there will be a wait for book orders placed after the group order on October 1st.
Thank you for your support of our programming, we look forward to all that is happening with our youth!
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, September 19th, 2014 (we will attend the family movie night so we will end at 9:30)
Friday, September 26th, 2014 (Loaves and Fishes service event)
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, September 21st, 2014
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register today! Thank you.
Jr. High Youth Group September Service Project
Please join the Jr. High youth group in preparing bagged lunches for St. Mary’s in Trenton on Friday, September 26th.
Parish Family Movie Night Tomorrow Night!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get information on how to register and travel with our group.
Abbey Faith and Music Festival! This Saturday!
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 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 email@example.com 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!
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.
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! Attached to this email is a registration form to 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 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
Parish Day of Service
Saturday, September 28th from 9am-3pm here at St. John’s
Gather with fellow parishioners and work on different areas of St. John’s that need to be repaired or spruced up! Sign-up after Mass this weekend to help!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Director of Youth Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
752 Big Oak Rd.
Morrisville, Pa 19067
215-295-4102 ext. 118