Our youth program strives to respond to the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to young people of our age in saying at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow:
“Dear young people, we didn’t come into this work to “vegetate”, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark. It is very sad to pass through life without leaving a mark.”
“The times we live in do not call for young “couch potatoes”, but for young people with shoes, or better, boots laced. The times we live in require only active players on the field, and there is no room for those who sit on the bench.”
World Youth Day, Prayer Vigil, 30 July 2016
Indeed, our world needs people who come in contact with life, with people’s lives and respond by getting involved and taking the hands of others in brotherhood, instead of allowing the paralysis of fear to take hold, a fear that confuses happiness with a sofa. The mission of our youth program is to respond to this challenge of Pope Francis and the invitation of Jesus to leave a mark on life, and history with our hands and feet – a mark that builds bridges and brings life.
Teens 7th – 12th grade – Are you up to the challenge? To abandon rejection, division, emptiness, and embrace dialogue, compassion, and fraternity? Come check out our varied activities for teens here at St. Paul the Apostle. Come join our family – You Belong Here!
Typical monthly activities:
Main Church, Parishioners welcome 6pm-8pm
We gather in the main church (St. Paul the Apostle or off-campus location) for an evening of musical worship, Eucharistic Adoration, and prayer, including Sacrament of reconciliation.
Traditional Sunday Meeting
Parish Youth Room Gathering, Jr High 5pm-6:30pm | High School 6:30pm-8pm
We gather to socialize, eat, discuss our faith, and grow closer in our relationship with God on our main campus location.
Host Family Nights
Host Family Gathering, Families welcome 6pm-8pm
We gather off-campus at the home of a parish family to play games, socialize, eat, and fellowship with one another as we grow closer in our relationship with God. Parents are invited to come with their teens and stay for fellowship with other parents.
Movie Nights or Girls/Guys Nights
Movie Night, Parish Youth Room, 5pm-8pm | Girls Night and/or Guys Night, 5pm-8pm
Come out for an evening of fellowship and learning as we watch a film of interest or nights of girls/guys small groups with games, fun, and fellowship.
**Additional activities coming throughout the year: March for life pilgrimage, Steubenville youth conference, other fun outings, and service events.
You will notice our approach to youth ministry incorporates parent involvement. This is done to:
- build community and integrate the family in the formation of teens, and
- model for our youth the truth that meaningful involvement in faith formation and being an active disciple of Christ does not take a break, but rather continues through adulthood and into family life.
I encourage parents to take another look at our youth ministry program and engage their junior high and high school teens in faith and fellowship with their peers.
To support the spiritual growth of your youth and facilitate their integration in parish life, I encourage parents to involve their youth in various roles of stewardship, such as hospitality ministry, singing in the choir, or being Extraordinary Ministers for those who have reached the proper age.
Parents or adult individuals seeking to volunteer with the youth program or with any questions may contact Emmanuela Chukwuezi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.949.4170 x247 and find out more HERE.