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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.

Sunday Youth Nites – Parents Asked! We Listened!

Throughout the summer the Sunday Nite Youth Team Adults have met to create learning plans based on the needs of students. Parents have often told us about their children’s learning needs – they need a quiet environment or that they really love the videos or that they need more physical activity to keep them engaged.So we’ve listened! This year we’ve taken the Diocesan Curriculum and instead of dividing up by age or grade we will be dividing our teens by LEARNING STYLES. This first couple of weeks will be an opportunity for teens to identify their own personality and learning styles and then we will divide into these learning groups: visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic.

We are keeping close adherence to the Diocesan Curriculum, just adding or augmenting to the way that we involve teens in learning. Our Sunday Nite Adult Leaders the learning topic, consult the chapters in either Catholic Connections and The Catholic Faith Handbook and focus their lesson on the exercises, activities and discussions in their learning style.

Here’s who will be leading each session:

Visual: Kristen Manwaring and Colleen Tantello

Auditory: Aimee O’Connell and Lisa Carozzi

Reading/Writing: Joe Gambino and Barb Legere

Kinesthetic: Jack Reifsteck and Jacob Black.

In the next two weeks our teens will identify and choose their preferences but we want them to explore all the ways that they learn and encourage them to pray in different ways as well. Each teen will set their preferences and then they will be in a Learning Style for FOUR REGULAR MEETINGS. Then they’ll switch to their 2nd preference and so on throughout the year.

One special note is that the Auditory Style will have a special emphasis on prayer. The topic will be the same as for all the sessions but it will be through the lens of prayer so that our teens begin to develop their own and preferred ways of communicating with God.

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