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Sunday Youth Nites

Sunday Youth Nites

We offer a weekly gathering on Sunday nights, 6 -8 pm for youth in Grades 6 – 12.Our young people are broken up into age groups, grades 6 & 7, grades 8 & 9 and grades 10-11-12.Youth Nite is a place for young people to learn and grow in faith, meet new friends and old, talk, play games, find what makes people tick and discover and most of all strengthen their relationship with Jesus.

Every person works to make sure others are comfortable and welcome.  We have a lot of fun times, but we get into some pretty serious discussions too. We learn from God’s word and the Church’s teaching and from each other too.

 

Youth Nite Parent Schedule 2018-2019

New this year – The Parish of the Holy Family has heard about our All Saints event and has invited us to have the event at their Holy Ghost site on Coldwater Rd. Since their cemetery is right across the road from the Church &  meeting space this will be MUCH easier than trying to manage logistics at our cemetery which is a mile away from the Church.  Meeting times will stay the same tho, 6-8 pm.

 

CURRICULUM
Grade 6 – 7
The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers by St. Mary’s Press which provides a comprehensive program to foster the faith of young adolescents and help them make the connections between the Catholic faith, their everyday life, and their faith community, which will strengthen their Catholic identity and inspire them to participate more fully in the Church’s mission.

Grades 8 – 9  and Grades 10- 12
The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth by St. Mary’s Press which is an easy-to-understand and practical guide to all things Catholic. The handbook helps the young person gain the foundational catechesis to present him or herself as a Candidate for Confirmation at the end of 9th grade.

 

The primary focus of our curriculum is the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Four Pillars of Creed, Prayer, Sacraments and Morality.  This year (2017-2018), we will be focusing on the regular Diocesan curriculum and AND we’ll be adding in some special lessons that focus on discipleship skills needed to be a follower of Christ in this day & age. Skills like making friends, how to deal with anxiety, courage, trusting God, and finding your purpose in life. All of these of course, are also great resiliency skills so that our young people develop a the skills to bounce back against adversity and have a group of trusted peers that they know have the same values.

Many of our 8th and 9th graders are getting ready to request the sacrament of confirmation so we have incorporated their learning modules into our regular Youth Nite curriculum. This year you’ll see us out stepping outside the box—and the classroom for special events. We will also be adding in some nights that have a great solid Catholic foundations but do it ways that are a little unconventional. All the age groups start with the same topic each night but the experienced and enthusiastic catechists guide their age group to more detail and deeper discussion for older groups.  All of our groups use active learning styles and help our young people learn, grow and create new friendships.

Each session will be include these components:

  • Gathering Activities
  • Learning experiences for each grade level for 6th & 7th and 8th & 9th grades and 10-12.
  • We will conclude evening with Community Prayer and time for games and hanging out together.

 

2018-2019 Special Events

October 7 VerHulst Haunted Hayride

October 28 All Saints Meeting at Holy Ghost Church & Cemetery

January 6 Guest Speaker for Parents & Teens about Overcoming Anxiety & Depression

January 20 MLKJr Wknd 1st Retreat at Camp Stella Maris

February 2-3 Souper-Bowl Donations at all Masses

February 19-22 Service Week

February 10 & 24 Dating & Love with Battle of the Sexes games

March 24 – Speed Faithing Event

April 14 Palm Sunday – 2nd Retreat at Camp Stella Maris

April 15-19 Holy Week

April 21 Easter

May 19 End of Year Party