Sundays Theme: Perseverance
We have some new basketballs for our games (bible ball) and had some great discussions! Thank you John Hellige and David Martinez for your donations for our faith filled youth activities so we can have fun together in Christian fellowship! We discussed the importance of faith and perseverance, connecting it with the Sunday Gospel and how to cultivating a culture of life in our schools, families, and workplaces. Jesus describes the end times in the Gospel today and even if we are betrayed by family and friends, we need to remain faithful to Jesus to enjoy heaven with God forever. Many saints gave their lives and now enjoy their eternal reward for their moments of suffering. It is good to keep this eternal perspective when we are going through hard times and persecution, knowing that it will not last long will help us to endure the trials we are given. Also remembering hardships during the good times will help keep us grounded and not left on Mt Tabor like Peter, James and John after the transfiguration. Keep us in your prayers for our pilgrimage to Indiana for our National Catholic Youth Conference and enjoy the Christmas Bazaar! If anyone is interested in signing up their children for the Christmas pageant, or if older youth are interested in helping the younger ones, contact [email protected].
Sundays Theme: Trust
The theme this week was trust, we should be accountable and trustworthy in small matters as well as in great ones. We should always put God first, work hard and trust in God’s divine providence like the 7 brothers who were martyred for their faith in the first reading: "It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law. One of the brothers, speaking for the others, said: "What do you expect to achieve by questioning us? We are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors." (2 Mc 7:1-2) Trust in God is one of the secrets of the Saints, St Paul was able to live this way as he writes to the Philippians: “I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.” (Phillippians 4:12) By depending on God for all we need and trusting in His Divine Providence, we can become the Saints God is calling us to be. Let us keep the NCYC youth in our prayers as we depart on our pilgrimage next week!
Sundays Theme: Vocation Week
We had a beautiful time last Sunday making bible verse plaques and spiritual journals for our parish mission!!! There are different vocations God can call us to and the importance of listening to God’s invitation because the path he calls us down will lead us to the fullness of joy. St Therese of Lisieux described the different vocations like various types of wildflowers, each one is unique and makes the Church beautiful. The different types of vocations that we discussed last week were Priesthood, Monk/Brother, Sister/Consecrated Virgin, Marriage). In Jeremiah 29:11 God told the prophet “for I know well the plans I have for you.” From all eternity God has loving plans for your life and we should not be afraid to open our hearts to Jesus as St John Paul II would say, so that we can become fully realized and live life more abundantly with the freedom of the children of God. We discussed other resources such as “And You Are Christ’s” by Thomas Dubay, explaining the vows that Religious take. We raised $204 at our pancake fundraiser to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana this November. Thank you Youth Group for all your hard work at our fundraisers 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!
Sundays Theme: Priesthood Sunday
We spoke on the different vocations God can call us to and the importance of listening to God’s invitation because the path he calls us down will lead us to the fullness of joy. God is our loving Father who made our hearts, he knows what will ultimately make us the most happy (Priesthood, Monk/Brother, Sister/Consecrated Virgin, Marriage) even if we think one path will make us happy because most people go down it, we may discover after a time of prayer, visiting different communities and discernment that we enjoy more another path that God is leading us down. Many people ask us what our plans are for the future, but we should be asking what God’s plans are for our lives. Jesus says “my sheep hear my voice” (Jn 10:27), Saint Mother Teresa said that Jesus speaks in the silence of our hearts, so coming to our youth group Holy Hour at 7pm every Friday is a great opportunity to silence ourselves and tell God “speak Lord, your servant is listening.” We enjoyed God's portion day at HTC and will be having a free-will donation pancake fundraiser after the 8:30 Mass at Roling Hall November 3rd to support our youth attending the NCYC in Indiana.
Great job HTC youth winning our last volleyball game! Thank you everyone who came as we support each other as a parish family. Congratulations Matt Hellige for making it to state for cross country, your in our prayers!
Sundays Theme: Go and Make Disciples
We connected the theme to our mission to go out and make disciples of all nations no matter what the cost. By relying on Gods grace and the Holy Spirit, we will be strengthened like the first apostles who went out after pentecost. Before the Holy Spirit came they locked themselves in the upper room because they were afraid of being crucified like Jesus, but after they opened their hearts and were filled with the Holy Spirit, they were strengthened and given gifts and graces to fulfill all that God asked of them through Jesus. We also connected the Lord of the Rings to the bible verse Ephesians 6:11! We had a great time at our flashlight corn maze and youth bonfire making hot dogs and s'mores last Saturday!
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!