Youth Ministry

 

This Sunday’s Theme was: “I came that they might have life”

 We discussed the love of Jesus this good shepherd Sunday and how he sacrificed Himself on the cross for us so that we might have life and have it more abundantly here on earth and then for eternity in heaven! We discussed the importance of responding to Jesus invitation into heaven through prayer and taking up our crosses to follow him by living a life of good works, nourished by the Sacraments.

 We connected this to the scripture passage from John 10 “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold- through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers. Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came [before me] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to the. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.” We prayed with John 10:10 lectio devina style, and at the end coming up with a concrete way to "lay down our life" for others is to make a Mothers day card and show appreciation for all they have done today!   

We connected this with Scripture from the Old Testament:

 “See, I have today set before you life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I am giving you today, loving the LORD, your God, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and ordinances, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. If, however, your heart turns away and you do not obey, but are led astray and bow down to other gods and serve them, I tell you today that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.” (Deut. 30:15-20)

 A helpful analogy is considering the safety of our traffic laws that protect us from getting into car accidents. When we do not obey these laws, the consequences can be fatal. Similarly, God gives us the commandments and precepts of Holy Mother Church to protect our souls and nourish our spiritual life. By reading the lives of the Saints, those who embraced God’s will and were constantly striving to listen to Him and act upon His word, were filled with the joy and peace of the Kingdom of God, more profound than anything this world has to offer. There is a saying that “Saints come in bunches” because being together and serving in a Parish community and youth group, we grow in holiness more rapidly and advance in the spiritual life together by building each other up in the faith!

 

This Sunday's Theme was: "Divine Mercy" 

We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza... come and join us!

We discussed the fruits of last weeks Divine Mercy Sunday and how St John Paul instituted that feast in the Church from the revelations of Jesus to St Maria Faustina. Jesus shows us divine mercy in sacrificing Himself on the cross for us and giving us the opportunity to go to purgatory if our souls are not pure enough for heaven yet so that we can still make it to heaven for all eternity!

We connected this to the diary of St Maria Faustina and promises Jesus made: 

“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image (of Divine Mercy) will not perish. I also promise victory over (its) enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary, 48)

 “The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.” (Diary, 754)

 “When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one.” (Diary, 1541)

 “When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as a merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541)

 “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” (Diary, 687)

  “The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion for sinners. Know, my daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” (Diary, 1397)

 “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony…I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary, 1320; also, cf.Diary, 1572)

 “Souls who spread the honor of My mercy…at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1075)

We connected this theme with the Scripture passage from our bibles and how much we need to pray for mercy our world today because God is offended by the culture of death, hedonism, and utilitarianism in our society. Thank you Karen for speaking to us of how we can get involved with the Right to Life group in our Parish and how to build a culture of life. Through mercy and forgiveness we can change our culture through prayer and good works, by being generous with others and forgiving them just as we need to be forgiven:

“And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit [is] that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:33-36)

 

This Sunday's Theme was: "Christ has Risen!"
 
We discussed the different encounters Jesus had with his apostles after his Resurrection, reflecting on the scripture passage:
 
"Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:27-33) 
 
Thank you Donna for sharing your testimony on how Jesus touched your heart in your encounter with His love. Jesus meets us where we are at like he did 2000 years ago to the apostles and first disciples. May our hearts be open to this encounter so our hearts can be set on fire with the love of God! 
 
We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza...come and join us!  
 
 
We will be having a free-will donation Car Wash from 9am-12 before and after the 10:30 Mass at SSMJ Church Sunday May 19th to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November.  Thank you, Youth Group, for all your hard work at our Pancake fundraiser for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference). Thank you Knights of Columbus for your generous donations and Hy-Vee for donating Pancake mix and syrup!
 

This Sunday's Theme: Life giving Sacrifice

We watched a short clip of “The 13th Day,” and discussed different penances we could do to repair for all the ways that God is offended. We prayed the prayer of reparation that the Angel of Fatima taught the children: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You! Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”

 Faith formation: We meditated on Christ's Passion as we persevere in our Lenten Resolutions this Holy Week. "For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son."  (John 3:16) We entered deeper into our Lords Passion by meditating on the Stations of the Cross as we prepare our hearts to accompany Jesus during Holy Week. 

We connected this theme with Sacred Scripture passages from our bibles, reviewing the passages and discussing ways to live this out at home, in school and in our Parish community through getting involved at service projects and being present for Christ during the Liturgy of Holy Week:

 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.” (Joel 2:12014)

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)

 

Our Youth Group T-Shirts came in! They are $15, if you would like to buy one contact our Youth Coordinator Alicia Lundstrom at 224-634-5756 or fortmadholyfamilyym@diodav.org.

 We will be having a free-will donation Pancake Breakfast after the 8:30 Mass at Roling Hall this Easter Sunday the 21st  to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November. Bring your family after Mass and don't worry about cooking this Easter, we will do that for you! Thank you, Youth Group for all your hard work in preparing this fundraiser for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference). 
 
We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Come and join us!
 
 
On the back we have the quote from John 10:10 to remind us that to become fully realized and live life to the fullest, it is important to receive the Sacraments and build Christ-centered relationships (found in youth group!). This will sustain and nourish our prayer life and personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that we may live as he showed us int he path of love and service for the good of others. 
 
 
This Sunday's theme: Penance

We watched a short clip of “The 13th Day,” and discussed different penances we could do to repair for all the ways that God is offended. We prayed the prayer of reparation that the Angel of Fatima taught the children: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You! Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”

We connected this theme with Sacred Scripture passages from our bibles, reviewing the passages and discussing ways to live this out at home, in school and in our Parish community through getting involved at service projects and being present for Christ during the Liturgy of Holy Week:

 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.” (Joel 2:12014)

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.  John 19:25-27

 
 
We will be having a free-will donation Pancake Breakfast after the 8:30 Mass at Roling Hall this Easter Sunday the 21st  to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November. Bring your family after Mass and don't worry about cooking this Easter, we will do that for you! Thank you, Youth Group for all your hard work in preparing this fundraiser for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference). 
 
 
 This Sundays Theme: Almsgiving
 
We watched a short clip of “The 13th Day,” and discussed different ways we could practice almsgiving to repair for the greed of others and grow in generosity. The children in Fatima Portugal 100 years ago were very poor, they only had a bread and cheese sandwich to eat for lunch and even that they would give away to those who had nothing to eat and they would go hungry, offering their sacrifice (uniting it to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross) to save poor sinners like Our Lady asked.
 
We discussed different ways to give alms (physical donations, and spiritual ‘donations’ of prayer for others. We connected this theme with the Scripture passage from our bibles and how we can live this out in our daily lives:

“[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Mt 6:1-4)

 

 
This Sundays Theme: Prayer

We watched a short clip of “The 13th Day” and discussed the power of prayer. Queen Esters prayer and intercession saved her race. When Jesus prayed and interceded to God on our behalf, he opened the gates of heaven for us by His sacrifice on the cross, offering salvation to the human race! We discussed on in our lives God has given us the gift and task of uniting our sacrifices and difficulties with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the conversion of sinners and salvation of souls.

 Joe Pietz shared his testimony of a deep encounter with Christ through prayer and we made resolutions that during this time of Lent, may we work for a more profound relationship with Jesus through prayer and share this gift with others!  We connected this with the 13th Day, a movie about Our Lady of Fatima and the shepherd children Jacinta, Francesco, and Lucia. She implored the children to pray because “many souls go to hell because they have nobody to pray and offer sacrifices for them.” May we respond to her petition of daily praying the rosary for the conversion of sinners and peace! We then connected it to Sacred Scripture and pondered how to concretely enflesh this in our daily lives.  

 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.6But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.7* In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Mt 6:5-15)

 "Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners?" (Words of the Blessed Mother to shepherd children in Fatima Portugal, 1917)

  
 
 This Sundays Theme: Charitable Service
 
We brainstormed future fun service projects to spread Christian charity to others such as feeding the hungry at the End of the Month meals at our local food pantry and visiting the elderly in Kensington Nursing home.
 
To grow in our faith and knowledge of Jesus, we played Lent Kahoot and listened to a conversion story from someone here in Fort Madison! By seeing the fruits of evangelization efforts to go out with Christian charity and share the love of Christ, it enflames our hearts with greater zeal!! Thank you Austin for giving your testimony of your conversion to the Catholic Church and encounter with the love of Christ.
 
To enflame the fire in your heart for charitable service and reaching out to others with the love of Christ, check out these conversion stories in the Coming Home Network: https://chnetwork.org/ and testimonies page: https://chnetwork.org/signposts-home/
 
There are billions of people who have encountered Christ throughout Church history and all have a story to tell of His personal love for them and how much better life is because of it!!
 
 We pondered these scripture passages with our theme so that we can concretely express them in our daily lives:
 
Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
 
Sometimes we become discouraged in our charitable services if we do not see fruits, sometimes it takes many years before someone will say "yes" to God and come to youth group activities such as our Sunday meetings or a TEC retreat, but if we rely on God for strength, he will prevent us from falling into hopelessness and discouragement:

Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

It is important to discern and ask God what His plans are for our lives, what ways he would like us to serve and give ourselves for the good of others (married vocation, priestly vocation or deacon, religious or consecrated life).

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 
This Sundays theme: Fasting.
 
We watched a short clip of the movie St Ignatius of Loyola  available for you to watch at home on formed.org (see the front of our Bulletin for our Parish access code)

 We discussed the life of St Ignatius of Loyola as a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian, who co-founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and became its first Superior General at Paris in 1541. The Jesuit order served the Pope as missionaries, and they were bound by a vow of special obedience to the sovereign pontiff in regard to the missions. They therefore emerged as an important force during the time of the Counter-Reformation. Ignatius is remembered as a talented spiritual director. He recorded his method in a celebrated treatise called the Spiritual Exercises, a simple set of meditations, prayers, and other mental exercises, first published in 1548. Ignatius was beatified in 1609, and then canonized, receiving the title of Saint on 12 March 1622. His feast day is celebrated on 31 July. He is the patron saint of the Basqueprovinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay as well as the Society of Jesus, and was declared patron saint of all spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Ignatius is also a foremost patron saint of soldiers. May his life inspire us to a deeper realization of the power of prayer and fasting in this Lenten season.

We went deep into the Sacred Scriptures, reflecting upon our Lords Passion:

 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (John 19:25-27)

Fasting from habits that offend God such as gossiping or disrespect so that we can be more like Jesus at the end of this Lenten Season and continue with the good habits we acquire, getting to the root of our vices and making a plan of how to overcome them unique to our tendencies:

Ephesians 4:29
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."

You are invited to join us for the Chrism Mass at 2:30pm April 15th at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport and see the blessing of the Sacred Oils! 

 
 

This Sundays Theme: Overcoming Temptations

We watched a short clip of “One Night with the King,” about Queen Ester to see the power of fasting and prayer in this Lenten season. Through Queen Ester's petition of fasting of prayer, God saved His chosen people from the hands of their persecutors. May we imitate her example and overcome temptations of complicity or fear of showing our Christian face and enter into a deeper ascetical life this Lenten season for spiritual protection.

We discussed the symbolic meaning of this story and how we can relate it to current persecutions we are facing as a Church and how to persevere. If we turn to God in our trials as Esther did, he will help us to face these challenges with love and grow in our faith. Even if you now remain silent, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another source, but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows—perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen?”Esther sent back to Mordecai the response:“Go and assemble all the Jews who are in Susa; fast on my behalf, all of you, not eating or drinking night or day for three days. I and my maids will also fast in the same way. Thus prepared, I will go to the king, contrary to the law. If I perish, I perish!”Mordecai went away and did exactly as Esther had commanded. The Greek text adds the following to Mordecai’s message to Esther: “Remember the days of your lowly estate, when you were brought up in my charge; for Haman, who is second to the king, has asked for our death. Invoke the Lord and speak to the king for us: save us from death.” (Ester 4:14-18)

 1 Peter 5:8

Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour.

 1 Corinthians 10:13

 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

 1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

 We have sign up sheets for fun trips, events and service projects (NCYC, fun-city laser tag, pilgrimage to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, rodeo, ski trip, trip to the zoo, Eucharistic Adoration for Fridays 7-8pm, Church Choir, alter server, end-of-the-month-meals, and many more)! We discussed promoting service projects such as serving at our Friday Parish Movie night at the concessions and popcorn machine!

 
 
We had a great time at our Blue and Silver Dinner Fundraiser for the National Catholic Youth Conference, thank you Alter and Rosary Society and everyone who helped set it up, it was beautiful!
 
 
Thank you youth group who helped with our Blue and Silver Dinner!
 

We raised $100 for our youth attending the National Catholic Youth Conference!
 
 
May the Lord bless you for all your service HTC and Holy Family Youth Group!
 
 
We had a great time last Sunday!!! In this time of Lent as we remember our Lord's Passion, we made wooden crucifixes so that we may be reminded of the path of love Jesus took to open wide the doors to heaven for us. 
We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Please come and join us!

"Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home." (John 19:25-27)
 
 
 
Thank you everyone who came to Eucharistic Adoration, Stations of the Cross and our movie night!
 
 
 
We had a great time last Sunday planning for NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference in November!!! We will be having a free-will donation Pancake Lunch April 21st after the 8:30am Mass at Roling Hall to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana. 
 
Thank you, Youth Group, for all your hard work in planning our fundraisers. 
We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Please come and join us!
 
Isaiah 55:1
"All you who are thirsty,
   come to the water!"
 
 
We had a great time last Sunday by practicing Lectio Divina with the Navarre Bible Series!!! Thank you Dominique Akpore for sharing your testimony with us about your encounter with Jesus Christ. We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Next week we will go over fundraising events for NCYC. Please come and join us!

“The apostles at that time first preached the Gospel but later by the will of God, they delivered it to us in the Scriptures, that it might be the foundation and pillar of our faith.” -Saint Irenaeus, Father of the Church
 
“Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” -Saint Jerome, Father and Doctor of the Church, In Is. Prologue
 
 
 
We had a great time last Sunday at our confirmation retreat!!! May the Holy Spirit continue to pour His gifts and blessings in your hearts to prepare you for the unique mission God has called you to fulfill each day. We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun faith formation, and pizza! Please come and join us!
 
 
We are accepting free-will donations at the Parish Office next to McAleer Hall for NCYC youth, please consider helping support them on this pilgrimage to have a deeper encounter with the love of God!
 
 
"Let no one disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all the believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity." (1 Tim. 4:12)
 
 
We had a great time last Sunday!!! We gave out prizes to the winners of the Catholic Trivia game Kahoot! We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Please come and join us!
 

Thank you everyone who came to youth group and made bible-verse wooden plaques!!! May the life-giving Word of God always have a place in our homes and hearts. We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Please come and join us!

 

We had a great time last Saturday at our March for life and Sunday watching St Paul Apostle of Christ!!! May we continue to build the culture of love and life to everyone we meet. 

We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Please come and join us! 

 

 "Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him." (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

 

We had a great time last Sunday making bible covers!!! The Bible is God's love letter to each of us and when we read it we come to know the love Jesus has for each one of us. "You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4) 

We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza! Please come and join us! 

 We also will be having our March for life this Saturday at 10:30am at 10th St and Avenue F, and we are having hot chocolate and cookies after! 

 We had a great time last Sunday!!! Thank you, Youth Group, for all your service in decorating our Church and the beautiful advent wreathes and Christmas ornaments you made in previous youth group activities! Thank you Karen for your beautiful speech promoting a pro-life culture among our youth. We will continue to meet on Sunday's in McAleer Hall after the 10:30am Mass with snacks, fun activities, National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) fundraising, and faith formation. As we gather together each week we open wide the doors of our hearts to Christ as we remember the words of Jesus: "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

 

Come and join us!

Thank you youth group for the beautiful advent wreathes you made!

Please consider attending NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference November 21st-24th. NCYC is a biennial celebration of the young Church sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. This event gathers together over 23,000 Catholic High School youth (grades 9-12) and their adult leaders from across the nation. We have an estimated 850 youth from our Diocese attending this year to Indianapolis, Indiana. The Office of Faith Formation at the Diocese of Davenport organizes and brings one of the largest groups to every NCYC, this year our pilgrimage is called "The Road to Indy." More information of fundraising will be released later. Have a Blessed Christmas!

Thank you everyone who signed up to come to NCYC! Please remember to bring your deposits to the office!

Thank you everyone who signed up to come to NCYC! Please remember to bring your deposits to the office!

Thank you for all your hard work in our Christmas Pageant!

Thank you, Youth Group members, for all your hard work in our Christmas Pageant!

Thank you youth group for helping to decorate our Parish!

Thank you, Youth Group members, for helping to decorate our Parish!

The Church looks so beautiful! May we like Our Blessed Mother Mary and St Joseph prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus so that he may have a place to rest.

We had a great time at our Christmas Bazaar!!  

Thank you youth for participating in our Christmas Bazaar!

Thank you to all of our youth for participating in our Christmas Bazaar!

We had so much fun with the cupcake walk, the bingo, the face-painting, the raffle and the prizes at our Christmas Bazaar!

We had a great time last Sunday with our advent activities, pizza and learning about the dignity of each human person!

Thank you Karen for speaking to our youth about the Right for Life and dignity of each human person!

Thank you Karen for speaking to our Youth Group about the Right for Life!

Thank you everyone who participated in our Youth launch!

Thank you everyone who participated in our youth launch!

You all did so well with the Catholic Jeopardy and the treasure hunt!!

Thank you for all your help at our Holy Trinity fundraiser!

Thank you for all who support our youth at Holy Trinity High School!

Thank you everyone who participated in our youth group fishing trip!

Thank you everyone who participated in our Youth Group fishing trip!

We had a great time in our fishing tournament, so many of you caught big fish!!

Thank you Fr Joseph for catching a big catfish!

Thank you Father Mark for cleaning out the pond!

Thank you Father Mark for cleaning out the pond!

Thank you members of our youth group that participated and danced in the Fiesta!

Thank you members of our Youth Group that participated and danced in the Fiesta!

Thank you everyone in our youth group that marched in the parade!

Thank you, Youth Group members that marched in the parade!

Our Right to Life float!

Our Knights of Columbus float!

Thank you members of our youth group that participated in the Holy Trinity play!

Thank you members of our Youth Group that participated in the Holy Trinity play!

Thank you members of our youth group that participated in our world-wide rosary!

Thank you members of our Youth Group that participated in our world-wide rosary!

Junior High Youth Group Rally!

Thank you youth group for all your service!

Thank you Youth Group for all your service!

Thank you for helping to serve and catechize our youth!

 "Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ." (St John Paul II)

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