Youth Group Memories 2019 part 1

Sundays Theme: Our Lady of Fatima and the Rosary

We connected the theme of this week's Gospel to the Rosary and Our Lady of Fatima’s messages. We also discussed the letter from the Vatican on the messages of Fatima by Tarcisio Bertone, SDB Archbishop Emeritus of Vercelli, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In St Louis de Montfort's book the Secret of the Rosary, there have been many people who give their testimonies of miraculous events occurring with the rosary (the only building left standing after the Hiroshima bombings was the monks praying the rosary). It is a beautiful gift from Mary as she holds us by the hand, taking us through the life of her Son. Through this meditative Christ-centered prayer, we are able to enter into deeper contemplation of the heart of Jesus and strengthened to be a better disciple of him. Many of the greatest Saints throughout history prayed the rosary often and had a strong devotion to Mary. Our Lady asks us to pray the rosary every day for peace and the conversion of sinners.  We will be having a youth bon-fire and corn maze October 19th after the 4pm Mass. A car pool will be leaving from Sacred Heart Church at 5:30pm

Sundays Theme: Life-Teen

Thank you Karen Kokjohn and everyone in the Right to Life ministry at Holy Family Parish for coming and discussing the right to life and donating lifeteen resources!!! We discussed concrete ways we can spread the pro-life message is by promoting our March for life here in Fort Madison, praying the rosary, speaking with people we encounter at work and school about the dignity of each person and the primacy of love. We connected this with the scripture passages related to the dignity of each person and catechism of the Church: "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law" (No. 2271).Given the scientific fact that a human life begins at conception, the only moral norm needed to understand the Church's opposition to abortion is the principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with the respect due to a human person. We will be having a youth bon-fire and corn maze October 19th after the 4pm Mass. 

 for Harvestville.

A car pool will be leaving from Sacred Heart Church at 5:30pm for Harvestville. We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday and Wednesday nights at 6pm for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ, fun games, and pizza... come and join us!

 Sundays Theme: Archangels

We had a great time last Sunday talking about the choirs of angels and thank you Mrs Arnold for sharing with us about sanctifying grace!!! We will be having a free-will donation Pancake Breakfast after the 8:30am Mass at Roling  Hall November 3rd to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November.  Thank you, Youth Group, for all your hard work at 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... come and join us!  

Sundays Theme: Consoling Our Lady of Sorrows

We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday ... come and join us! We had a great time last Sunday consoling Our Lady of Sorrows with our prayers!!! We also connected the Lord of the Rings to passages in the bible and how the author put many symbols of Catholicism in his books. In this spiritual battle, we must persevere and fight against temptations, choosing to follow the way that Jesus shows us to heaven.  

 

 Sundays Theme: Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

  We celebrated our Blessed Mother Mary's birthday, crowning her with roses with a decade of the rosary and saw Overcomer in the fox Theater. There are "The Word Among Us" booklets in the back of Church that are being sold for $2 to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November.  We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ!

We had a great time together last Satrday watching the movie Overcomer in the fo theater in Fort Madison! Stay tuned for more upcoming movie nights!

  Sundays Theme: Humility

 We connected the theme of this week's Gospel to the virtue of humility. As Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them "when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place... For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” 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!

  Sundays Theme: Queenship of Mary

 We connected the theme of this week's Gospel to the Queenship of Mary that we celebrated on Thursday. The Gospel today was emphasizing that people from every nation can enter in by the “narrow door.” God shows no partiality or favoritism, he provides graces for all to come to heaven and opened the doors for all of us, we are all called to be his beloved children, rejoicing in heaven. He loves each of us uniquely, the question is will we love Him back or reject Him and His love?  We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday,  come and join us!

 Sundays Theme: All Glory to God

We had a great time at our NCYC Car Wash last Sunday and enjoying fellowship, pizza and the Chronicles of Narnia afterward!! Thank you to all our parishioners for all your support in helping our youth attend the National Catholic Youth Conference. Our next fundraiser is Tuesday, September 24th at Pizza hut in Fort Madison, come have dinner between 5-8pm and say your there to support Holy Family Parish Youth Group! We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday for a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ,  come and join us!

 Sundays Theme: Our Father

We had a great time last Sunday!!! We discussed the Our father prayer and went deeper into how we can follow Gods will for our lives. This upcoming Sunday August 4th is our Parish picnic at the Lions Shelter House at Rodeo Park for the 10:30 Mass and all the youth are invited to come and enjoy a water balloon fight, bags, tug of war and other fun games! 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!

 

August 14th is our trip to Adventure Land in Altoona Iowa, the cost is $50 including lunch and gas (we will provide snacks at water bottles but it is recommended to bring $10 for dinner or bring your own- we will have a cooler in the van, we are carpooling from SSMJ parking lot at 8:30am and arriving back around 8pm. For more information contact Allie at 224-634-5756!

 

 Sundays Theme: Your Reward Shall be Great in Heaven

 Thank you, Youth Group, for all your hard work at our Car Wash fundraiser for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference). We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday...  come and join us! 

 Sundays Theme: The Word of God

We had a great time last Sunday preparing for vacation bible school!!! We will be having a free-will donation Car Wash before and after all Mass's this weekend to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November. 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 had a great time on our Canoe Trip! We have youth group this Sunday in McAleer Hall after the 10:30am Mass in to prepare for Vacation Bible School props and our NCYC carwash coming up July 21st, hope to see you there!

 Sundays Theme: Give and You Shall Receive

Last Sunday we continued preparing props for vacation bible school! We will be having our youth group  canoe trip July 10th, meeting at the saint Mary and Joseph parking lot at 8:30am and a picnic at noon, families are invited to join us!  We are also having a free will donation car wash July 21st for our youth attending the 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, to prepare props and costumes for vacation bible school the 15th-19th, fun games, and pizza.. come and join us!  

 Sundays Theme: Multiplication of the Loaves

Thank you Youth Group for all your hard work at our Krispi Kreme fundraiser for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) and for the generosity of our parishioners! We connected this with the Gospel of the multiplication of the loaves and give thanks that Jesus has multiplied the possibility of more youth attending this event! We will continue having youth group after the 10:30 Mass at McAleer Hall next Sunday, come and join us!

Sundays Theme: The Most Holy Trinity

Jesus is true God and true man, one divine person with a human nature and divine nature. Jesus assumed a human nature in his incarnation and this was not absorbed from his Divine nature. This was necessary for the doors of heaven to be opened for us because we were all born with the mark of original sin in our souls and only Jesus, who is true God and true man, consubstantially united with the Father can make atonement for the act of original sin since it was an offense against God who is infinite. We as finite creatures are not capable of such an infinite act of reparation and are in need of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. He instituted the Sacrament of Baptism to wipe away the mark of original sin and the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help wipe away personal sins we commit with imperfect contrition.     

 Sundays Theme: Go Out and Make Disciples

We had a great time last Sunday!!! Thank you Youth Group for your participation at our vision 20/20 convocation, may we "see clearly the vision that you, O God, have for us" as the youth of Holy Family Parish, allowing our hearts to be renewed by the love of 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, come and join us! The Krispi Kreme donuts will arrive June 22nd and 23rd, you can pick up your box before and after all Mass's that weekend! It is $10 for a dozen donuts to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November. Contact [email protected] if you would like to order a box!    

 
  
 
 
 
 
 Sundays Theme: He has Remembered His Promise of Mercy

On this memorial day weekend we discussed St John Paul II writings on memory and identity and how remembering an event is making present something that has occurred in the past: "The Gospel (...) is a prophecy of man. Without the Gospel man remains a dramatic question with no adequate answer.” (“Memory and Identity”, 2005) We connected this to the scripture passage of our Blessed Mother’s Magnificat from Luke 1:46-56 “He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy.” We also connected this with other scripture passages related to memory and our Church History, discussing who founded the different branches of Christianity: “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19) “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isaiah 46:9) 

 

 Sundays Theme: The Son of Man did not Come to be Served but to Serve

Thank you everyone who participated in our service project of washing cars at our Parish! This is a fundraiser to help our youth attending our National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). We connected this service theme to the scripture passage from Matthew 20:28 “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We also connected this with other scripture passages related to service: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”   Hebrews 6:10  “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 “The greatest among you will be your servant.”   Matthew 23:11 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 

 
 

Our next fundraiser is selling Krispi Kreme donuts to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November. It is $10 a dozen donuts and they will arrive June 22nd and 23rd before and after all Mass's. Place your order today: [email protected]   

Sundays Theme: 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.” 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!    

 

 Sundays Theme: 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:   “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) 

 

 Sundays Theme: 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 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!