YOUTH MINISTRY

We are disciples of Jesus Christ making faith matter and sharing God’s love to make more disciples.

Grow with God

“So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk with him, rooted in faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Colossians 2:6-7

 

Love your Neighbor

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Mt. 5:14,16

 

Share your Faith

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…”

1 Peter 3:15

 

Find your community

“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”

Acts 2:42

About Us

“Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

Meet the team!

Evan Brankin

Mickey Prosise

Hollie Matthys

Kathy Peterson

Evan Brankin

Hello! I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, and your coordinator of youth ministry. I moved to Davenport from Williamsburg, VA, where I lived for eight years. I worked as a volunteer with middle school and high school students at St. Bede Catholic Church for much of that...

Mickey Prosise

My name is Mickey (Michelle) Prosise and I’ve been a member of OLV parish for  33 years. I’m a “cradle catholic” being raised in Joliet, IL and attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School for years. I’m married to Chuck and have 3...

Hollie Matthys

Hello, my name is Hollie Mathys, and I’ve been a member of OLV parish for 25 years. I have been involved in Youth Ministry for 9 years (between OLV and St. Ann’s). I love to hike, read, but most of all spend time with my family. My family includes my...

Kathy Peterson

I am a “cradle Catholic” and have been a member of OLV for 25 years.  My husband Randy and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage and have three children – Joe (graduated from college), Erica (currently in college) and Carrie (will be entering college).  I have lived...

It’s your ministry…make a difference!

Mar

11

High School Youth Night

7:00 – 9:00pm

OLV Youth Room

 

Mar

25

High School Youth Night

7:00 – 9:00pm

OLV Youth Room

Apr

1

High School Youth Night

7:00 – 9:00pm

OLV Youth Room

 

Evangelization

Where do you see yourself?

Do you trust Jesus, the Church, or a Christian person or group?

Are you curious about Jesus, the one called Christ?

 

What do you think about God?

Are you open to whatever God may have in store for you?

 

Who do you want to be?

Are you actively seeking a relationship with God in His Son, Jesus?

Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ, ready to lower your nets?

Discipleship

Stages of Discipleship

Beginning Disciples – Desire to grow spiritually

Growing Disciples – Make sacrifices to grow spiritually

Commissioned Disciples – Building others in their faith

Disciple Makers – Leading others to Christ

Spiritual Multipliers – Active in lifelong Catholic mission

Practices of Disciples

Prayer – Talking with God

Sacraments – Participating in the Sacramental life

Ministry – Seeing Jesus in serving others

Formation – Belong, behave, believe

Community – Walking together as disciples

Stewardship – Thanking God for all we have

Apologetics

Somethings About Mary

Last week we celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation, marking nine months until the Nativity. Catholics often receive a lot of questions about Mary from non-Catholics, especially non-Catholic Christians, so here are some FAQ talking points: Catholics don’t...

Laetare!

We didn’t get to have our usual scripture reflection for this past Sunday’s readings as we didn’t have our regular Wednesday youth night last week. So before we reach Wednesday this week, I want to take a moment to highlight some things from the...

The Silent Saint

Let’s talk for a moment about today. Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. A Solemnity is a special type of feast day, typically reserved to events revolving around Jesus’ life or for members of His family. They are holy days essentially equivalent in rank...

Lenten Penances

I want to take a moment to remind everyone that taking up a penitential practice for Lent isn’t the same as a New Year’s Resolution. The prevailing opinion seems to be for the latter that once you “broke it” you can’t regain it....

Cathedra

So two days ago we celebrated the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. I figure this is an odd enough sounding feast that we should probably talk about it a little. Why are we celebrating a chair? The chair of St. Peter, or “cathedra,” is the specific place...

St. Valentine

Tomorrow is the unofficial feast of St. Valentine. Why unofficial? Because in the most recent calendar created for celebrating the Saints’ feasts removed Valentine due to there being so little known about him. Instead, we celebrate Sts. Cyril and Methodius on...

Be Ananias

Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. There are lots of things going on in the readings for today from Acts, and in this story, but I want to focus on just one: Ananias. Ananias appears first in Acts 9:10-16, and without quoting the entire passage, I want...

Dante, Hell, and an Ice Storm

In Dante’s Inferno Satan is imprisoned in the lowest circle of Hell. This part of Hell is not conceived of as filled with fire and brimstone, but as a prison of darkness and cold. Satan’s sins according to Dante are pride and treachery – and he is...

The Name of Jesus

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Let’s think about this for a moment. Paul in Philippians says that because of His humility and obedience to God the Father, Jesus has been greatly exalted, that His name is above every other name, and that at...

Holy Family

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family. I know a lot of our families aren’t very holy. Mine certainly isn’t. It’s important to remember that for thirty years of His life, Jesus Christ lived as a regular boy, in a family with a foster father and...

Ordinary Time

This week is the first week of “Ordinary Time.” The first week after the season of Christmas is always the beginning of ordinary time in the liturgical calendar – but what do we mean by “ordinary?” Let’s start with what is NOT meant...

Mission

A family-based, parish-led, inter-generational way of doing ministry that helps teen build a sense that their church is their home, and gives them a sense of affiliative faith crucial to ongoing discipleship.

Catholic Worker 2017

In July of 2017, our parish partnered with the Davenport Catholic Worker “Green House” to benefit the homeless and poor who are served through the Catholic Worker ministry and use those facilities. 

Porch Before

Porch During

Porch After

Mailbox Before

Mailbox After

Stairs Before

Stairs During

Stairs During

Stairs After

Frontyard Before

Frontyard During

Frontyard After

Backyard Before

Backyard During

Backyard During

Backyard After

Shed Before

Shed During

Shed After

Blinds Before

Blinds During

Blinds After

Bathroom Before

Bathroom During

Bathroom After

Oven Before

Oven After

Porch Ceiling & Light Before

Porch Ceiling & Light During

Porch Ceiling & Light After

Inside Before

Inside During

Inside During

Inside After

Care Packages During

Care Packages After

Rebuilding Together 2018

In 2018, we partnered with Rebuilding Together QC to make handicap accessibility updates to a house in Davenport. The owner shared her faith story with us and joined us for mass.

Deck Repair

Stair Build

Bannister Work

Working Hard? Hardly Working?

Staining

Break time

Habitat for Humanity 2019

In 2019 we joined with Habitat for Humanity to help a local household with replacing an old deck. And we planted hostas for a disabled parishioner who needed help keeping his yard from washing away.

Deck Before

Deck Demolition

Deck Reinforcement

Deck Build

Deck Bannisters

Deck Bannisters

Deck Wrap Up

Yard Before

Yard Planting

Yard Planting

Yard Mulching

Yard Complete

The Catholic Worker House

Every month OLV youth ministry goes down to the Catholic Worker “Green” House to cook a meal with and for the guys who live there. Teens who participate learn practical cooking skills, and have the opportunity to work with the poor where they live. This gives them an opportunity to really meet and develop relationships with those on the margins of society.

In 2017, that relationship served as the foundation for our summer parish mission, which you can see above. But it continues every month with ongoing acts of service including meals, fellowship, and this past Spring break a “mini-mission” to do some Spring cleaning!

Every Month

2nd Tues

4:45-7:00pm

Food and Fellowship

Catholic Worker Green House

What can I do?

Solidarity

“The ‘evil mechanisms’ and ‘structures of sin’ of which we have spoken can be overcome only through the exercise of the human and Christian solidarity to which the Church calls us and which she tirelessly promotes.”

St. John Paul the Great

Solllicitudo Rei Socialis

Opportunity for Families

We are now inviting families to participate with their children in solidarity work at the Catholic Worker House. If you want to give your children an experience of solidarity with the poor, if you want to teach them to serve those in need together as a family, or if you just want an excuse to make everyone sit down together for dinner, sign up here! or contact us below!

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