What’s going on for you?
High School Youth Nights!
All high school age teens are invited to join us on Wednesday nights during the school year from 7:00pm till 9:00pm. These two hour sessions focus on encountering Christ in our daily lives and are filled with food, games, fellowship, and prayer. Keep an eye out on the Youth Ministry Calendar page or sign up for our text messages via Remind. We hope to see you there!
Small Faith Groups
Everyone needs community, a place to feel welcome, connected with friends, and where you can share the things most important to you. In the life of faith this is even more important, because these communities are where the heart of discipleship occurs! We’ll be helping teens and their families form these communities soon to meet this need in all of our lives.
Open Gym and Lunches
Summer is a busy time, and regular schedules often break down. We’re still here though, having fun all summer long. This year, we’ll be hosting open lunches and gym times throughout the season to give our teens a place to blow off some steam, or just to get out of the house. Sign up via Remind to get up to date messages on when and where!
We are going bowling on July 1st at Big River. I encourage everyone to attend the 4:30 pm mass, and then head over to Big River, or to join us starting at 6pm. Please RSVP for permission slips and for a headcount to the youth ministry office!
We are going camping and canoeing to celebrate the end of summer! We’re heading out to Monticello, IA to canoe and camp the weekend of August 19th – 20th. As we build a more family-led and inter-generational ministry here, we are inviting families to join us for a weekend of classic summer fun! Permission slips found here!
Dingers for Dollars
Join us for the Diocesan Wiffle Ball tournament to benefit the diocesan youth ministry scholarship fund! Play with your friends and rivals in a diocesan spanning tournament held in Springville, IA, all day this coming July 7th! Teams are 7-12 players each, and cost for each team’s registration is $100.00. And for just a few dollars more you’ll be able to purchase a Smokin’ Butts BBQ lunch! Contact the youth ministry office for details, and sign up by 6/21!
Catholic Worker House
Join us every month on the second Tuesday in visiting the community of the Catholic Worker House. We work to remind the men who live here that they are part of a greater community, providing them with good food, companionship, and most importantly of all a renewed sense of their human dignity. We’re cooking up something special, come be a part of it! Sign up for summer months now!
We are currently developing our Summer Mission program in conjunction with our local Catholic Worker house from July 21st – 23rd. We’re building teams and assessing our projects, so now’s the time to join us! We want to invite not just our teens, but our whole parish community to join in an effort to help this group, and build a relationship that will change lives. Informational packets and permission slips can be found here!
I want to be involved!
The Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee is a group of 18 teens who help organize and run large youth ministry events for the Diocese of Davenport. But more importantly, it advises the Diocese about issues relevant to teens today, and how to address them. If you’ve ever felt like the Church doesn’t listen then this may be the ministry for you!
Youth Ministry is about you. It’s not just for you, it’s by you, with you, through you. Our goal is to help you become a disciple of Jesus Christ if you aren’t one yet, and to help you grow as one if you are. We want you to engage in and enjoy the life of a disciple at every level, including of the parish. We want committed teen disciples to help us plan and pull off events, and engage in peer ministry with other teens. Do you have what it takes? Then fill out an application to join our leadership team!
How To Discern
Learn to hear God’s will in your life to better choose your way – whether that’s your college, your significant other, your spiritual gifts, or your vocation. God has a purpose for you, find out what it is!
We get it; you’re crazy busy, you’re stressed out, you’ve got exams, SATs, ACTs, and college looming on the horizon. You need to get good grades to score scholarships, or even admission to your dream school, and keep the parents happy! We want to help! We’ll be setting up study group sessions for 2017-18, hopefully with tutors to come in and give you the leg up you need!
Let’s face it, adulting is hard, and it’s fast approaching! We want to help you navigate this transition by cultivating useful, real-world skills for during and after college. What are we talking about? Well, it might be nice to be able to cook more than ramen noodles when you go to school, right?
A lot of us come from homes and families that have experienced pain and separation. Including me. We want to build a community to support our teens who are processing the powerful emotions that come from these situation. And we want you to know that you’re not alone.