This email is a snapshot of the month of April - print it out and hang it on the fridge!
Youth Ministry News - April 2017
It's the Fifth Sunday of Lent!

Today we heard about the resurrection of Lazarus. As I reflected on the Gospel and Father's homily, I was thinking about the Lenten practices and sacrifices that we have been observing. Hopefully we are keeping faithful to our goals, casting aside the "dead flesh" of the world and seeking the life of the Sprite of God living inside of us. Jesus Christ calls each of us out of the slavery and death of our own worldly habits into a new life and a continual conversion in Him. May we all be able to successfully complete this penitential season and bring its fruits into the rest of our year!

Below you'll find all of the things that are in store for our middle school and high school students in the month of March, and I hope that you will be able to join us for some of these offerings. May God richly bless you!

In Christ,
Bradley Barnes, Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Camp GAudeo 2017
T-Shirt Design Contest Ends Palm Sunday!

There is only one week left for campers to submit designs for this year's Camp GAudeo T-Shirt Design (use the provided link for form). Don't forget: this year's camp will be held on June 26th-30th and will include a Field Day, Run Jump-N-Play, Movie Day, Coney Island, Service and many more excursions and activities! Please take the time to share this information with other families of children in grades 5-8 (public or private school, Catholic or non-Catholic - all are welcome), and register today! Those registering before March 17th will be put in a raffle for a total camp scholarship ($105 value), and there is a t-shirt design contest open until April 9th (also for a total scholarship, see Event Page for t-shirt form).


Friday Night Live! (All Grades)

There will be an April FNL on Friday, April 7th. We will begin at the parish fish fry (enjoying fellowship and festivities), head up to Stations of the Cross, and play some large group games closing with a time of reflection. Youth will need to bring money for food if they plan on eating.

Middle School Retreat

3-10pm on Saturday, April 8th will be our "Behold!" retreat.  We'll enter the mysteries of Holy Week through testimonies, games, praise and worship, and an interactive Stations of the Cross. There will also be a chance to play the EXTREMELY popular game "Find the Light!"

Holy Week at GA

There is so much to do during Holy Week, including the beautiful liturgy of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) and other great opportunities (praying the steps, final Fish Fry, Adoration, and more). Contact the Youth Ministry Office and let us know if you have questions about how to connect your family into our celebration!
 
High School Spring Retreat

On April 29-30th we will be having an overnight High School Spring Retreat. This retreat will focus on encountering Jesus through talks, Sacraments, music and more and will equip young people to share their faith. For more information, use the links below.

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Youth Ministry Notes
  • Don't forget to stop by any Thursday afternoon for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, starting with Family Rosary at 3:00 pm. This is a great habit to get into during the season of Lent!
  • There are tons of free resources for the season of Lent and beyond on Formed.org! Just go to their website and make a free account with our parish code 4EVXRB
Thank You, Volunteers!

A huge thank-you goes out to those that have been able to volunteer for youth ministry in the month of March, including:

Chris & Jean Carville
 
Volunteers are crucial to the success of this ministry, and I greatly appreciate the help of parishioners in all events. Please take time to view our  volunteer schedule and consider joining us for an evening! 
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