This email is a snapshot of the month of December: print it out and hang it on the fridge!
Youth Ministry News for December 2017
"Watch, therefore;  you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming... M ay he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"
 

And with that, another liturgical year is coming to a close. This next Sunday will be the first of Advent and a new year of pondering the mysteries of God's salvation extended to mankind through His Son. The readings for this upcoming Mass speak of the longing of God's people for Him to return and the watchful expectancy that Jesus exhorts His followers to practice. With this first Sunday of Advent, may we exemplify that which we will pray in the Holy Mass - that we can "await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ."

Below you'll find a listing of the things that are in store for our middle school and high school students this month of December. 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
First Fridays (All Grades)

This month's First Friday Youth Night will be held on December 1st from 6:30-8:30 pm. These events happen monthly and begin with a communal meal (homemade Cincinnati Chili this month!) that leads into games, fellowship, and prayer. 

"GAudeo: Advent" (Middle School)

The Advent event for Grades 6-8 is the "GAudeo: Advent" Retreat hosted at Guardian Angels from 2:00 - 10:00 pm on December 2nd. This day retreat will have talks, activities games, and more. Highlights include laser tag & Find the Light! All students in the appropriate grades are welcome.

"Encounter" (High School)

This month there is a dynamic, high-energy event for high school youth called "Encounter Cincinnati" on Saturday, December 9th. This free event will be held at the Underground (Tri County) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm.


Middle School Ministry

The December event for Grades 6-8 is a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe with games, contests, music, and craziness. It will be held in the Undercroft on Friday, December 15th from 7-9 pm.


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High School Ministry

The December event for Grades 9-12 is a Winter Retreat hosted at Guardian Angels on December 16-17. We will be focusing on a life of daily prayer through games, discussion, talks, and activities.


Upcoming Events
  • Friday, Dec. 8th - Immaculate Conception (Obligation)
  • Dec. 23rd or 24th - 4th Sunday of Advent
  • Dec. 24th or 25th - Christmas Masses
  • Friday, Jan. 5th - First Friday Youth Night (All)
  • Jan. 18-20 - March for Life (HS, Offsite)
  • Friday, Jan. 19th - Movie Night (Middle School)
  • Sunday, Jan. 21st - High School Gathering (High School)
     
Volunteers NEEDED!

Youth Ministry will only be able to continue offering events for students with many helping hands - especially as we enter retreat season!

The link below will receive updates throughout the year with opportunities to assist us. Please consider giving your time to help grow these ministries to our youth!

GA Fathers Team

If you are a father at Guardian Angels, then there is a community designed to support you in building up the "domestic church" which is your family! Join the men of GA for an hour of prayer, scripture, catechism, song, and large and small discussion groups.  All fathers are welcome! You may join at any point throughout the year.

This Month's Topics:

Dec. 1st - The Relevancy of the Catholic Faith in Today's World
Dec. 8th - How to Introduce the Faith to Young Children
Dec. 15th - Materialism, and How to Parent Effectively Against It
Dec. 22nd - Living God's Will in Everyday Life

Youth Ministry Notes
  • The parish is looking for students in grades 6-12 (as well as family members) to assist the parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society in running their Christmas Food Pantry on Saturday, December 16th from 9:30 - 11:30 am in the Undercroft. Contact Bradley if you or your family would like to help.
  • Youth Ministry has begun using a texting service designed for educators called "Remind." If you would like to have a number added in to this optional line of communication, please contact the Youth Ministry Office or click on this link to add a number or email address.
  • There are limited spots currently being filled for a trip to the 2018 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The trip will last from January 18th (evening) - 20th (morning), and the cost is $150 per student in grades 8-12. Contact the Youth Ministry Office to reserve a spot today!
  • Don't forget to stop by any Thursday afternoon for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, starting with Family Rosary at 3:00 pm. Volunteers from from different grades and families will assist in leading throughout the months ahead!
Other Parish Announcements
  • Parish Advent/Christmas Mass Times can be found through the most recent parish email communication or at this link.
  • There are tons of free resources on Formed.org! Just go to their website and make a free account with our parish code 4EVXRB
STAY CONNECTED:
Bradley Barnes | Guardian Angels | (513) 624-3148 | bbarnes@gaparish.org