Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,
Thank you to all of you who were involved with helping at the Jimmy V Tournament this weekend; it was great to see so many engage in service for a worthy cause as we began the Lenten season. This is a great time to grow deeper in prayer, service, and almsgiving! As we continue on our journey of Lent together, I wanted to share with you a few resources sent out by the Steubenville Youth Conferences to help guide us a long our Lenten path together. So, here are five creative ways you can make the most of this season for yourself and those around you:
1. #ShareJesus by redeemedonline.com
Join us and be a part of the Church’s biggest social media project ever! Each day of Lent, you will receive a 2-3 minute video from one of over 20 top Catholic speakers (including many Steubenville Conference speakers and musicians!) in your inbox. These videos are meant to be shared, so instead of giving up social media this year, why not use it to share Jesus with your family and friends? Sign up for #ShareJesus at redeemedonline.com.
2. Daily Lenten E-Spiration
Let the Lord inspire you this Lent through His Word, the saints, and other holy men and women. Every day, we will send beautiful graphics to your inbox with quotes to help you reflect on the season in a deeper way. Click here to sign up for our Daily Lenten e-Spirations. (If you already receive our regular Daily e-Spirations, you don’t need to sign up for these – you’re already on the list!)
3. 40-Day Spiritual Workout by Bob Rice
Available in book, email, and app formats, this 40-day program created by Steubenville Conference speaker and worship leader Bob Rice is the perfect way to deepen your prayer life this Lent. Sign up to build up your spiritual muscles today!
4. CRS Rice Bowl App by Catholic Relief Services
This new app from Catholic Relief Services will bring your Lent to life in a new way. Read daily reflections, track your Lenten sacrifices, get delicious meatless recipes for Fridays, and more! Learn more and download the app on their website.
5. Truth & Life Bible App
Lent is a great time to dive into the Scriptures, and this app is making it even easier to do so! The Truth & Life app includes the entire RSV-CE Bible and a dramatized audio version of the Gospel of Mark. Read more about the many cool features and download the app on their website.
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 email@example.com. 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
FREE VILLANOVA Basketball Tickets to the first 100 people to sign-up!
We have a total of 100 free tickets to the Villanova vs. St. John’s basketball game on Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm at the Wells Fargo Center. If you would like tickets to this game, please email Maria Parker to save your spot. If you would be interested in car pooling or taking a bus to the event, please let her know that in your email so we can coordinate efforts. First come, first serve for the tickets. Thank you!
Sight and Sound Theatre – MOSES
Are you interested in going with us to see Moses at Sight and Sound in Lancaster? If you are interested in this type of trip, please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know and we can gather our group together!
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 and we have only have one open space remaining.
If you are interested in details about this trip, attending, making a donation to our youth, or have any other questions, please contact our Youth Minister, Maria Parker, at email@example.com. 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org today!
St. John’s will be participating in the Youth Ministry Volleyball League again this year. All teens in 9th-12th grades are invited to play with us. You will need to submit your permission form and $55 cash or check for registration made payable to St. John’s Youth Ministry by March 1st, 2015. We begin this weekend! If you have any ideas for t-shirts, team names, etc. please send them to email@example.com. All are welcome to join us for this league! Practice begins on Sunday, March 1st from 1-2pm for all of our teams and players. This will be the final opportunity to register.
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!
76ers Game to support Catholic Charities
Are you interested in checking out a 76ers game and helping to support Catholic Charities? Catholic Charities is sponsoring a night at the 76ers on Friday, March 6th and all are welcome and encouraged to attend! If you are interested in going with a group from St. John’s, please contact Maria Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org today to reserve your seat. There are various levels and prices available for the evening!
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 8thgrades from any school.
Upcoming meeting dates:
Friday, February 27th, 2015 (TOB)
Friday, March 6th, 2015 (TOB)
Friday, March 13th, 2015 (Open Gym Night)
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.
Upcoming meeting dates:
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 (TOB)
Sunday, March 8th, 2015 (TOB)
Sunday, March 15th, 2015 (Open Gym Night)
All proper 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 (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.
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.
Live the Mission Youth Retreat
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, Deacon Joe, will be bringing a group to this retreat. Please email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending!
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 youth email@example.com with questions and comments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!