Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,

The end of the school year is upon us! As if it wasn’t obvious enough on its own, the chatter in the air and the end of the school year festivities seem to have taken over our schedules without a second thought. Enjoy this time with family and friends as we look forward to the joy of summer and all that entails. We are preparing for our Steubenville Conference trip this June, Vacation Bible School in July, and our open gym nights which will take place throughout the summer. Thank you for all of your generosity and support and know of our prayers for you and our gratitude for your presence in our lives and parish community!

As always, 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 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

Registration is OPEN for St. John’s Vacation Bible School 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 go here to register online or come to St. John’s Parish Office to register in person. All are welcome to join us for camp! Our camp counselors also work the week before preparing for the week of VBS and can fill out the attached application. Contact Maria Parker at with questions and comments. There is a meeting on Sunday, May 31st from 10:30am-11:15 AM in the Parish Center for those youth interested in being camp counselors.

NEW! Meet a Natural Family Planning Doctor!
On June 18th at 7 PM, Dr. Monique Ruberu, a local ob/gyn trained in advanced Natural Family Planning techniques, will speak and share a short, powerful documentary film called NaPro, A Woman’s Alternative. NaPro is a new technology that can help couples with infertility problems, as well as couples looking for a Church-approved way to plan and space births. The evening begins at 7 PM at Olde St. Andrew Church meeting room, 135 South Sycamore Street, in Newtown, Bucks County. There will also be testimonials from local couples and a Q&A session afterward with Dr. Ruberu. To register for this event go to and click the EVENTS tab.

NEW! Graduate Celebration for High School and College Grads!
Please spread the word to all of your high school and college graduates and all those college age young adults to join us for a graduate celebration on Wednesday, April 27th from 7:30-9:30 in the Parish Center. They can RSVP to and invite any college age friends as well!

High School Volleyball 2015
Both of our teams are in the second round of the finals being played on Tuesday, May 26th. Congrats to all of you for your hard work! Please come join us at St. Bede’s at 6:45 or Our Lady of Grace at 7:30 to watch either of our matches! We appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

Jr. High Volleyball Clinic Saturdays
On Saturday, May 23rd, and Saturday, May 30th, we will continue with our series of Jr. High volleyball clinics and scrimmages with one another for all youth in grades 6-8. This will take place on Saturdays in May and early June from 9-11am. Join us if you’re interested in playing!

Weekly Youth Group Meetings for Jr. High and High School Youth

Jr. High Youth Group is open to all those currently in 6th-8th grades. We have opened up our final year end meetings to those also who are in 5th grade. Come join us!

Upcoming meeting dates:

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 (NO YOUTH GROUP FOR MEMORIAL DAY)
Friday, May 29th, 2015 FINAL Friday Youth Group Meeting for the school year from 7-9pm
Sunday, June 7th, 2015 Combined Jr. High and Sr. High Youth Group Meeting from 6-8pm

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. We have opened up these meetings to all those who are currently in 8th grade as well. Come join us!

Upcoming meeting dates:

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 (NO YOUTH GROUP FOR MEMORIAL DAY)
Sunday, May 31st, 2015 Youth Group 6-8pm
Sunday, June 7th, 2015 Combined Jr. High and Sr. High Youth Group Meeting from 6-8pm
Sunday, June 14th, 2015 Youth Group at St. Charles Borromeo from 6:30-8:00pm

Steubenville Conference June 26th-29th, 2015
Our group will be traveling to the Steubenville Conference June 26-29, 2015. Please keep our group in your prayers as we prepare for this retreat weekend. If you have any prayer intentions to share with us that we could pray for, please send them to me via email or drop them off at the Parish Office for Maria Parker. Thank you for all of your generosity and prayers for this retreat!

Altar Serving for 6th-12th grade youth
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. Our Altar Server group will be traveling to the Trenton Thunder game together on Saturday, May 30th. This is open to those also interested in serving with us next year!

World Youth Day Trip 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 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!

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