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.
During the summer we offer open lunch options for teens – time to come hang out in the youth center with friends, have some lunch, and relax on a summer day. Times are typically from 11am to 1pm, no reservation necessary!
We all love to get out and play outside during the summer! We play wiffle ball and compete against other parishes. We host a volleyball tournament, and we go camping. Dates for some of these still TBD, but we’ll be keeping the fun going all summer long!
Steubenville Summer Conference
We’re taking a small group of teens to attend our first ever Steubenville Summer Conference, at Steubenville OTL in Kenosha, WI! These events are like mini-NCYC’s held each summer at regional sites all over the country to give high school teens an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ, grow in their faith, and make incredible friendships.
Catholic Worker House
Join us every month on the second Tuesday in visiting the community of the Catholic Worker House from 4:45-7pm. 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 are now inviting families to participate in this ministry with their teens! We’re cooking up something special, come be a part of it!
Last year’s parish wide summer mission was a big success and made a huge improvement in the lives of the guys at the Catholic Worker. This year we’re partnering with Rebuilding Together, a nationwide non-profit to help locate folks in need in the QCA. We’ve currently assessing projects and dates! We want to invite our whole parish community to join in an effort to help! Informational packets and permission slips for youth coming soon!
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 join us on the first Wednesday of each month!
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.