Youth Group Memories 2018

Sundays Theme: Life giving Sacrifice

We contemplated 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. Our Youth Group T-Shirts came in! They are $15, if you would like to buy one contact [email protected] 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).  

 
 
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. 
 
 
Sundays 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.” 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). 
 
 
 Sundays Theme: Almsgiving
 
 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)

 

 
 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. "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)

  
 
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!! 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."

 
  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. 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. 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! 
 
 

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 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!
 
 
 
Thank you everyone who came to Eucharistic Adoration, Stations of the Cross and our movie night!
 
 
 
  “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 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 gave out prizes to the winners of the Catholic Trivia game Kahoot! 
 

 

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.  

 "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 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! 

 "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

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

Consider attending NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference November 21st-24th!

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 afraidOpen wide the doors for Christ." (St John Paul II)

Top of Page