Hello Friends,

Wow! What an amazing week it was last week with the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the visit of Pope Francis. We were out there for the Festival of Families and Papal Mass, were you?! We would love to hear from you about it! Feel free to send an email or post to our Facebook page, St. John the Evangelist Youth.

Now that we have encountered the Holy Father here in Philadelphia, we are left asking ourselves, “What does this mean?” and “Where do we go from here?” Well, this is what we are going to be talking about with one another over these next few weeks and months! If you missed any of the Holy Father’s talks this past week, you can go here and check them out: Remember that Pope Francis spent a lot of time speaking with various people in Washington DC, NYC, and Philadelphia last week and some may try to quote him as they wish, but it is always in our best interest to go directly to the source of anything and read firsthand what a person says. You can find all of Pope Francis’ talks online there and read them at your leisure.

There is a lot going on here at St. John’s, and we invite you to join us for everything you’re able to. See you soon!

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

World Youth Day Information Meeting We have an awesome group preparing for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland for next summer. This past weekend hosting the Holy Father in Philadelphia gave us a dose of what this experience in Poland will be like. If you have any interest in this pilgrimage experience, please join us on Monday, October 5th from 7-8pm in the Parish Center Meeting Room A to hear all about what is involved with this experience and submit your first payment. This trip is open to anyone who is interested from ages 16-35. Join us on Monday to learn more! Our itinerary is attached to this email.

Family Movie Night We will be kicking off the year with a family movie night on Friday from 7-9pm in the Parish Center Gym. All parishioners are welcome to join us for this evening! If your entire family is unable to join us for the evening, feel free to drop off your children in grades 6-12 to watch the movie with us. Any children in grades 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. The flyer is attached to this email with more information!

Jr. High and Sr. High Youth Group Meetings

Our Jr. High and Sr. High Youth Group Meetings are back! The Jr. High will meet most Fridays from 7-9pm and Sr. High will meet most Sundays from 6-8pm. We will meet in the Convent Meeting Room to start unless otherwise indicated.

Here’s our schedule for the next couple of weeks:

Jr. High Youth Group (all youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 this school year 2015-2016 are welcome to join us)
Friday, October 2nd (Movie Night in Parish Center)
Friday, October 9th (40 Hours- Meet in church @7pm)
Friday, October 16th (Youth Group @ St. John’s)
Friday, October 23rd (NO YOUTH GROUP MEETING)
Saturday, October 24th (Loaves and Fishes Service Project in Deacon James Room)
Friday, October 30th (Youth Group @St. John’s)
Sr. High Youth Group (all youth in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 this school year 2015-2016 are welcome to join us)

Sunday, October 4th (6pm Parent and Youth Meeting from 6-6:30, followed by youth group Papal After Party from 6:30-8pm)
Sunday, October 11th (40 Hours in Church with families)
Sunday, October 18th (Hayride and Bonfire at Sleepy Hollow for 6th-12th grades)
Sunday, October 25th (Youth Group @ St. John’s)
Sunday, November 1st (Youth Group @ St. John’s)

Jr. CYO Retreat Team Meetings Our Jr. CYO Retreat Team is made up of 9th-12th grade youth who plan and execute a retreat day for all of our 6th-8th grade youth and their friends. If you are a high school student who is interested in participating in this retreat experience, please join us for our meetings:

Sunday, October 4th 1-3pm (Convent Meeting Room)
Sunday, October 18th 1-3pm (Parish Center Meeting Room)
Sunday, November 1st 1-3pm (Parish Center Meeting Room)
Saturday, November 14th 2:30-6:30pm (Convent Meeting Room)
Saturday, November 21st 8am-7pm (Retreat Day in Convent and Parish Center)

Save the Date! Pasta Dinner Fundraiser On Saturday, October 24th, St. John’s Youth Ministry and the Knights of Columbus will co-host a parish Pasta Dinner for everyone to attend! This event serves as a fundraiser for our youth who will be attending the Steubenville Youth Conference, World Youth Day, and our El Salvador Mission Trips next summer. We would love it if you could mark your calendar now to be able to attend this fun evening with us! Adult tickets are $15 each, youth ages 6-15 are $8 each, children under 6 are free, and the family maximum is $40. Tickets will be sold after the Masses in October. You can reserve tables of 8-10 people for this event. It helps us a lot if you purchase your tickets in advance so we can plan for you!

Save the Date! Trunk or Treat for Halloween St. John’s Youth Ministry will be hosting a Trunk or Treat here at St. John’s on Saturday, October 31st from 11am-1pm. We invite all of you to join us! This Trunk or Treat event is open to all families and all children ages newborn-12 years old are invited to participate in the trunk or treating. Those youth 13 and older are welcome to help us with he event! You can go to to register to attend. Please invite your friends as well!