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Youth Ministry News - March 2020
Bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.
He saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works but according to his own design
 

Are we there yet? We might be channeling the voice of a young child in the backseat of a long car ride. We're a week into Lent, and those challenges that we've set forth for ourselves - prayer, fasting, and almsgiving - might be starting to take their toll. It's not always easy to follow Jesus! As we walk this path through the desert, striving for holiness, we might be tempted to lose sight of why we're doing this. We're walking a long, dusty road that will eventually lead us to the Cross. It is there that Jesus won the victory for us, and why we will one day - God willing - be welcomed into our heavenly home with quite a few people along for the ride. May we keep striving for that goal!

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

In Christ,
Bradley Barnes, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Monthly Spotlight:
Camp GAudeo T-Shirt Contest!
Don't forget to register for Camp GAudeo , a summer ministry ( June 22-26 at GA ) for students currently in grades 5-8. We are holding a t-shirt design contest through the month of March! Winner will receive a FULL camp scholarship ($110 value). Use this submission form to enter!

First Fridays
This month's  First Friday Youth Night will  be held on March 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm . These events happen monthly and focus on communal meals, activities, and prayer. This Youth Night will start at the Fish Fry (bring money for food) and will continue with Stations & Karaoke/Dodgeball. Parent/high school volunteers are always needed!
High School Event: "Encounter"
Students in grades 9-12: join us for this FREE event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati!  Encounter  takes place at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood on Sunday, March 8th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. It includes a provided dinner, live music, activities, Adoration, Confession, and even a special guest speaker! Register here!
High School Ministry
High School Youth Group  meets weekly on  Thursdays  from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Youth Room/Undercroft. We are currently running a series answering the question " Who is Mary, Mother of God? " Come on out and join us for this great Lenten series, snacks, games, fellowship, and all kinds of youth group fun!
Middle School Event: "Awake"
The March event for Middle School Youth Group (grades 6-8) is an opportunity to attend the " Awake " rally held at Roger Bacon High School on March 14th from 4:30-8:30 pm . This is a free event including dinner, music, Adoration & Confession specifically geared towards our younger students. Register here for this great event (volunteers needed).
Other Announcements:


Buy Tickets for Angels Follies: "Follie the Yellow Brick Road"

Never been to Angels Follies? This long-running (57 years), family-friendly variety show is a true gem of our community. Every year, performers from across parishes and the city join to stage an incredible night of song and dance. The show raises money for tuition assistance (over $180,000 raised over the years) and an un-budgeted parish project. This year, Angels Follies has adopted the Youth Ministry as the recipient of its assistance. I am calling on ALL youth ministry families to help us sell out these shows so that we can benefit the students of our community! Shows are the last two weekends in April, so go to www.gafollies.org to purchase tickets today!

Ladies Lenten Bible Study

The first annual Lenten book Club meets on Tuesdays in Room A. The book club will meet every Tuesday until April 7. We will discuss the book Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. The book is available on Amazon and at Inner Visions. Please contact Chris Cheevers at Christine.cheevers@zoomtown.com to sign up.

Lenten Soup & Speaker Series

Join our parish for evenings of fellowship, food, and faith. Dinner begins at 6pm, with a presentation at 7pm. Speakers will include Jessica Rinaudo of the Catholic Telegraph (Monday, March 16th) and seminarian Anthony Marcelli (Monday, March 30th). RSVP for this free family event today!

Family Rosary on Thursdays

During Lent, our Family Rosary begins parish Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 3pm.

Father's Team Meets on Friday Mornings

All men are invited and encouraged to attend GA Fathers Team meetings every Friday morning starting at 6:05 am. They provide coffee & fellowship, and discuss many important topics .

Students are required to keep at least two forms on file for the school year to participate in Youth Ministry. Download the forms here or email the Youth Office to see if they are on file.
Youth Ministry needs volunteers for all First Friday Youth Nights through the school year. Please visit this link and indicate where you can give the gift of your time!
Looking for a full list of dates for the school year? Make sure to visit our page on the parish website , or use this link to download a list of our offerings through June of 2020 !
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One way that Youth Ministry communicates is through a free text service called "Remind." If you'd like to join, you can use the following links for Middle School or High School
Bradley Barnes | Guardian Angels | 513-624-3148 | bbarnes@gaparish.org