This Week: December Update


Dear Parents, Youth, and Friends of Youth Ministry,

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement of our youth during this season of Advent. As we prepare for the birth of Christ, we are remembering you in our prayers and we are so grateful for your prayers and support. We have had a beautiful past couple weeks with the Lunch with Santa and Jesse Tree sort and truly enjoyed sharing in these events with you! This will be the last update for this year and you will not be hearing from us again until mid-January. May you and your families have a glorious and blessed Christmas together!


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 expected 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. 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

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, December 19th, 2014 (Christmas Party)
Winter Break until next meeting on Friday, January 16th, 2015!
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.

Winter Break- Have a Very Merry Christmas with your families! See you again on Sunday, January 18th, 2015!

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.

 Altar Serving

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. 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 is open 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!

Christmas Caroling at Arden Courts

Join us for an hour of Christmas Caroling at Arden Courts on Tuesday, December 23rd from 1:30-2:30pm. All are welcome to join us as we are accompanied by Msgr. Ricci on the piano. It is a fun afternoon and brings great joy to the residents. Email youth to RSVP.

Christmas Gift Delivery at Manor Care

Join us on Christmas Eve Day for gift delivery with the residents of Manor Care. We will meet at Manor Care at 10am to deliver gifts around to the residents of Manor Care. All are welcome to join us for this annual tradition. We deliver the gifts and visit with the residents. Email to RSVP.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast to support the March for Life Bus

Mark your calendars now for the annual parish Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast which will be held on Sunday, January 11th, in the morning from 7am-12pm. The cost is $5 per person. This breakfast helps to benefit the March for Life bus which anyone is welcome to join us on for the March for Life on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. Ed Barry, our Respect Life coordinator, can be contacted in order to sign-up for the March for Life. We look forward to seeing you for these events!
Youth Ministry Volleyball interest Meeting
Youth Ministry will participate in the volleyball league again this year. All youth in grades 9-12 and their friends are invited to play with us in this league. We will have an interest meeting on Sunday, January 11th from 1-2pm in the Parish Center Meeting Room A for any teens who are interested in playing. At this meeting, you will receive information, sign-up forms, plan out teams, and talk about anything else related to the league. The cost to participate is $55 per youth. We are in need of coaches for our teams! We are anticipating 2 or 3 teams this season, so we will need a coach for each team. A team cannot be submitted without a coach. If you are interested in learning more about the volleyball league or volunteering your time as a coach, please join us! RSVP to youth for this meeting and to ask any questions. Registration will run until March 1st for this league. 

World Youth Day 2016

St. John’s Youth Ministry will be attending World Youth Day in Poland in 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.


Maria Parker

Maria Parker
Director of Youth Ministry

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