This Week: November 22nd- November 29th

Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,

There is so much to be thankful for in regards to our youth ministry program here at St. John’s as we approach Thanksgiving and call to mind all that we have been given by the Lord. We are grateful for all of your prayers and support for our youth and sharing with them the joy of the Lord. This week in youth group we will be engaging in service activities which enable us to give back to the community. Our Jr. High Youth will be making Thanksgiving cards for the elderly in our nursing homes and our high school teens will be making the tags for the Jess trees which will be up in a few short weeks in the back of church. In addition, next week is our annual Jr. CYO Retreat put on by our 23 High School Teens and 3 adult team members for the Jr. High Youth. We are looking forward to this big day! Please continue to keep our team and all youth attending the retreat in your prayers in a special way this coming weekend.

We are continuing to prepare for the World Meeting of Families which will be held in Philadelphia next September from the 22nd thru the 27th with the anticipated visit by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the conference and Mass on the Parkway that Sunday. We are asking everyone to share in this excitement by praying the prayer for the World Meeting of Families together in your daily lives as we pray it for all of our gatherings here at St. John’s. The World Meeting of Families is a worldwide gathering of families coming together to talk about, encourage, and cultivate family life. This gathering will involve people of many different faiths all converging in Philadelphia for a week of prayer, community, catechesis, and fellowship.

Instead of our regularly scheduled High School Youth Group meeting on Sunday, November 30th, we are encouraging families to travel to the Cathedral Basilica for a holy hour for the family from 5:30-6:30pm followed by 6:30pm Mass with Archbishop Chaput. Each household in attendance will receive a replica of the iconic painting for the World Meeting of Families. Check out the flyer for this special evening! You can find additional information about the World Meeting of Families here: 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

Jr. CYO Retreat
We are looking for YOU to join us on Saturday, November 22nd from 10am-7pm for the Jr. CYO Retreat!! (If you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade)

The retreat will be held all day from 10am-7pm on Saturday, November 22nd, for all youth in grades 6, 7, and 8, friends, and family members from any faith, parish, or school. The cost to attend the retreat is $5 per person and this includes everything for the day, lunch, snack, and dinner. Anyone is welcome to join us. If you would like to register ahead of time, please do so by emailing so we can prepare, and you can show up the day of the retreat. All are welcome to register on-site that day by submitting your $5 and having a parent sign your permission form. Our High School youth put on this retreat for the Jr. High and it is an amazing day!

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, November 21st, 2014 (Fun Night and Service Project)
Friday, November 28th, 2014 NO Weekly meeting – Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, December 5th, 2014 (Lunch with Santa set-up and Theology of the Body)

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.
Upcoming meeting dates:
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 (Service Project making the tags for the Jesse Tree)
Sunday, November 30th, 2014 NO Weekly Meeting- Holy Hour and Mass for the Family at the Cathedral Basilica 5:30 Holy Hour and 6:30 mass for anyone!
Sunday, December 7th, 2014 (Theology of the Body)

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 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.

Lunch with Santa
On Saturday, December 6th, the Youth Ministry will sponsor the annual Lunch with Santa from 11am-1pm in the St. John’s school cafeteria. We are looking for any 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to help volunteer and any families and friends to join us for this exciting event! The cost is $5 per child and $3 per adult for a maximum of $25 per family. Email Eileen Piznar at to volunteer and Maria Parker at to register or ask questions. We look forward to seeing you for this exciting event!

Altar Serving
We are in need of the Altar Servers to sign-up in advance for the Masses they are going to be serving so that we can plan accordingly for the liturgy. The new schedule will be opened up shortly and you can go online to sign-up for 2 or 3 Masses a month to help. For all those who are trained Altar Servers, you can sign-up at this link: 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!

Annual Poinsettia Sale
Youth Ministry will be hosting its annual December Poinsettia sale on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th at the Lunch with Santa event, all of our Masses and PREP. We have a limited number of poinsettias to sell. If you are interested in pre-ordering and reserving your poinsettias for pick-up either December 5th, 6th, or 7th, please contact Maria Parker with your order. We will have a number of red poinsettias, pink poinsettias, and even white poinsettias. They are beautiful and last the entire Christmas season. They will be sold for $15 each or 2 plants for $25. Thank you for your support and generosity. Contact to reserve your plants for pick-up today!

Jesse Tree Sort Volunteers
We will be organizing the gifts from the Jesse Trees for the various charities on Sunday, December 14th after the 11:30am Mass in the school cafeteria. We are in need of your help! All youth are invited to join us for this volunteer event. You can contact Maria Parker at to sign-up today!

Mount 2000
From February 6th-8th, we will travel to Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the Mount 2000 conference. This is open to all high school youth in grades 9-12. If you are interested in attending this retreat with us, contact our Youth Minister, Maria Parker. The estimated cost of the conference is $220.

World Youth Day 2016
We will be traveling to World Youth Day in Poland in 2016. We have a flyer on our website at with specific details about the trip. Registration is now open for the trip and a $400 deposit is due at time of registration. Please contact Maria Parker, our youth minister, at to register or find out information about the trip.


Maria Parker

Director of Youth Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
752 Big Oak Rd.
Morrisville, Pa 19067
215-295-4102 ext. 118