Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,
 
What a great summer it has been! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement with our various evangelization opportunities, moments of discipleship, events, and fundraisers. There was so much beauty in the witness of our families and youth with our annual Steubenville Conference Trip, the 2nd Annual July Vacation Bible School, open gym nights, service opportunities, and moments of fellowship and community. It is so humbling and empowering to see how the Holy Spirit is working to revitalize our community through the New Evangelization and discipleship. It will be even more amazing to see all that God has in store for us this year!

There are so many things happening for you, your children, and our parish families to get involved in throughout this upcoming month. The World Meeting of Families of course will be a fabulous opportunity to encounter the Lord with our brothers and sisters from all over the world, and we truly hope that you are preparing to get involved in this amazing experience in some way. A really affordable and practical way of getting involved in the festivities is by attending the 2nd annual Abbey Fest on September 19th. There is more information about this below!

Our regular weekly youth group meetings will not pick up again until after the World Meeting of Families; with our special family events for September, we are really praying that you take time to consciously be together with one another and bring your family to the Lord through the sacraments and the fellowship offered. We would love to talk with you about all of the things happening at our September 6th Bakery Basket where you can get information and meet some of our youth involved in the program. There’s more about this below. Please reach out via email or phone for more information about our various programs happening. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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 magdamanetas@comcast.net. 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

Youth Ministry Bakery Basket September 6th
Youth Ministry is sponsoring the September 6th Bakery Basket after the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses in the Deacon James Hartman Meeting Room. The monthly Bakery Basket is a time for parishioners to come together for community and conversation after the celebration of Mass. We are in need of delicious baked goods, fruit, orange juice, apple juice, milk, butter, cream cheese, etc. If you would like to bring it items for the morning, please contact Maria Parker to be placed on our sign-up sheet. We look forward to seeing you and sharing in fellowship with you at the Bakery Basket!

Protecting God’s Children Safe Environment Class September 10th
There will be a Protecting God’s Children class at St. John’s on Thursday, September 10th from 6:30-9:00 in the Parish Center. This class is being offered to all of our parishioners and those from other local parishes who will be working with our youth in various ministries. If you are interested in getting involved in any of our youth programs, and you have never attended this class, you will need to attend this session or another session at a local parish before getting involved. You can register for this class here: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list2.cfm?theme=0. Prior registration is required to attend. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Bob Schenck, at safe.environment@stjohnpa.org.

Youth Ministry Family Bowling Party at Morrisville Lanes September 12th
All of our youth and their families are invited to join us for a family bowling day at Morrisville Lanes on Saturday, September 12th from 1-3pm. The cost is $10 per person or $40 for a family. Included in this afternoon is two hours of bowling, pizza, snacks, and drinks. Come join us to kick-off the school year and prepare for the World Meeting of Families this September by bringing your family to share in fellowship with other families from St. John’s and the surrounding community. All are welcome, but the group number is limited so please send in your RSVP! The flyer can be seen below.

ENDOW Group for our Jr. High Girls (All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls) October 2015
Attention all parents of Jr. High girls! We will be having an ENDOW Group for all of our young women in grades 6, 7, and 8 to join us for this empowering and exciting group opportunity! In the spirit of John Paul II, Endow is a group that focuses on building up women and encouraging their beauty and dignity as daughters of God. This will be a fabulous group program for any young woman you know. We will begin meeting on Saturday mornings from October 3rd-November 7th for our first program together. All registering is done through Endow by going to this link: https://store.endowonline.org/maria-parker-p2577.aspx. We would love to see your girls and their friends join us for this group! The group size is limited to 10 girls to keep it a small group experience, but if more interest is expressed, we will have additional groups meet as well. Please call or email with any questions at youthministries@stjohnpa.org.

Jr. CYO Retreat Team Meeting Schedule
The Jr. CYO Retreat Team is an dynamic leadership experience for our high school youth to work together on a team of peers meeting bi-weekly from September-November in order to put on a full day retreat for our middle school youth on Saturday, November 21st. We invite our high school youth to join us as we begin preparing for the retreat on Sunday, September 6th from 1-3pm in the large meeting room of the Convent where the Parish Offices currently are. All retreat team members must be able to make the entirety of the retreat on November 21st from 8am-7pm. Please join us for this first meeting to learn what the Jr. CYO retreat is all about! Full list of meeting dates:

September 6th 1-3pm (Convent)
September 20th 1-3pm (Convent)
October 4th 1-3pm (Convent)
October 18th 1-3pm (Parish Center)
November 1st 1-3pm (Parish Center)
November 14th 2:30pm-6:30pm (Convent and Church)
November 19th 6-8pm (Convent/if needed)
Retreat Day: November 21st 8am-7pm (team members must be able to make entire day)

Abbey Faith and Music Fest at Daylesford Abbey September 19th
Have you thought about how your family is going to get in the spirit of the World Meeting of Families this September? The 2nd Annual Abbey Faith and Music Fest being held in Paoli is an awesome way to engage in family fun and faith while preparing for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. Information about Abbey Fest can be found by visiting this site: http://www.theabbeyfest.com. St. John’s is planning to bring a group to Abbey Fest and tickets with the group are only $25 per person. If there’s enough interest, we will also book a bus to travel out there. Please contact Maria Parker at youthministries@stjohnpa.org by September 6th if you want to be part of the group for this great event!

Maria Parker
Director of Youth Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Parish
752 Big Oak Rd.
Morrisville, Pa 19067
youthministries@stjohnpa.org

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