This Week: October 12th – October 18th

Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,

Thank you for your continued support of our programming. We are in the process of collecting donations for our raffle baskets for the Pasta Dinner. If you have anything you would like to donate for these, please bring your donations to Maria Parker in the Parish Office Building. Also, our Thanksgiving Pie Sale fundraiser for the youth has officially started!

In addition, we have begun planning for our upcoming retreats for our youth and there is a document attached to this email with further details about these retreats and how to get involved in them. An interest sheet must be submitted prior to involvement in the fundraising activities and group meetings that will be coming up for the different retreats. This helps us to plan effectively for the youth who are planning on attending. Please call or email with any questions. Thank you!

CYO Athletics- Basketball Registration!

Basketball registration is open and will run until October 13th, at that time, registration will CLOSE! Please register today by going to Basketball is open to all of our youth who are registered parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Parish. Please contact our Athletic Directors, Mike and Mary McGill at with any questions.

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

To register online, go to:

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 begin the Theology of the Body series from Ascension Press. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for dinner and discussion! Upcoming meeting dates:
Friday, October 10th, 2014 (TOB)
Friday, October 17th, 2014 (TOB)
Friday, October 24th, 2014 (Service)

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 will begin the Theology of the Body series from Ascension Press. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for dinner and discussion! Upcoming meeting dates:
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 (TOB)
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 (TOB)
Sunday, October 26th, 2014 (Hayride Trip)

Paperwork is now available and can be downloaded here (see 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 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 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!

Youth Group Hayride

Check out the flyer at the bottom of the page 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!

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.

Bucks County High School Youth Field Day

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. Our group is running Kickball for the day! 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: 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

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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