Youth Ministry

STEUBENVILLE EAST 2019
“BELONG”

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us,
that we may be called children of God.” – 1 John 3:1

The Steubenville East 2019 Conference will be held from July 12th-14th at the UMASS Lowell Campus (300 Arcand Drive, Lowell, MA). Housing will be on-campus dorms provided by the university. This year’s theme is “BELONG.” Three thousand teens from all over New England will gather to hear top speakers, to grow in their relationship with Jesus and to praise and worship Him. There is a little something for every teen (no matter where they are on their faith journey) to have an encounter with God. The conference cost is $255 (early bird price is $240) A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due in the Youth Ministry Office by April 15th. For additional information, contact Diane in the office of Youth Ministry.

Fun Fridays

Are you in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade?

Are you looking for a fun place to spend your Friday nights?

If you answered YES to both of the above, we have an answer for you!  Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00PM – 9:00PM on the following dates:

March 1st & 15th, April 5th, May 3rd & 17th,and June 7th

for fun (all kinds of games, including video), food, friendship and faith.

SATURDAYS ARE FOR TEENS!!!

Saturdays are for the Teens is new way for teens in grades 8-12 to stay connected for FREE. Starting in March, it will take place once a month on Saturday nights. We will be kicking off with a night filled with games, everything from Dodgeball to Catch- Phrase, board games, cards and more. Refreshments too!

Make sure to stop by on

Saturday, March 9th

6:00-9:00PM

In the Parish Hall.

Invite your friends!

See you there!!!

For more info: dswinarski@stjudenh.com or 603-425-1795

Youth Awards

Please join us in congratulating four of our parishioners who received the following awards from Bishop Peter A. Libasci on World Youth Day, Sunday, October 28th, at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Sabelle Mecklenborg and Robert Cariello are the recipients of the St. Timothy Award. This award is the highest recognition from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) for a diocese to confer on a high school student who lives as a disciple of Christ, setting a positive example for other youth; witnesses to their faith by exhibiting Catholic Morals and integrity; and demonstrates Gospel values through service to others.

Bonnie Brathwaite and Robert Simpson are the recipients of the Companions on the Journey Award. This award is the highest recognition from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) for a diocese to confer on adults who demonstrate excellence in Youth Ministry; commitment to ongoing education and formation; longevity in ministry; commitment to young people; and outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level.

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) provides the following awards as a service to dioceses to help promote and advocate for youth ministry leadership. The purpose of these awards is to recognize adults and youth who have contributed consistently and creatively on the parish/school and diocesan levels. The hope is that we will encourage young people and adults to serve the church in the area of youth ministry.

Photos from World Youth Day 2018. Photography by Matthew Lomanno.

Thank You for participating in Boxes of Joy

Thank you to all who participated by helping to fill one or more of the Boxes of Joy for children who would not otherwise receive gifts for Christmas. Our goal was set at 150 boxes and I am happy to report that we were able to deliver 178 boxes  to the collection site.

This is a parish with a generous heart! When we took on this project I was thinking about the joy of all those children who will receive the boxes and the joy the missionaries experience in sharing them with families. What I hadn’t even thought about was the joy I saw in all of you as you were bringing back your boxes! It filled my heart with joy and gratitude to see how much all of you were enjoying  the project. Many came back for extra boxes because you had so much fun shopping, you purchased more than the box could hold! Thank you again for your love and generosity.  It is why I love being a part of this parish family!  -Diane Swinarski

Thank you for hosting NET

Thank you to all the families who said yes to hosting NET team members for the 5 days that they were in Londonderry. Your hospitality was such a blessing to the team members who they travel the country sharing the love of God with teens. Our teens loved having them here for the weekend.

Our students had an awesome day with the NET Team on Saturday, Nov. 10th. Games, fun, skits, discussion times,  fellowship, a time of prayer and reflection, attending  Mass together and then   meeting in the Parish Hall for a great dinner with the NET team members. Most of the students shared that they really liked having the team members pray with them.

The NET team was amazed that we invited the parents in for the last 45 minutes to experience some of what the students did during the day. Parents loved the opportunity to do this and to meet the team members, and the NET supervisors talked about suggesting this to other parishes!

Congratulations

Congratulations to the following students who were confirmed by Bishop Peter A. Libasci at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, NH on December 1st.

Timothy Alley Damien Fabiano Ashley Martin Christopher Setterlund
Sarah Bergeron Sarah Frazier Brooke Mawn Jonathan Setterlund
Rhiannon Black Sarah Gerardi Nathan Meeker Caitlin Shapleigh
Britaney Blair Ryan Griffin Alanna Myron Matthew Solomons
Abigail Buxton Alexandria Hodson Joseph O’Neil Jack Sprague
Cameron Campbell McKenzie Hoyt Michael O’Neil Luke St. Cyr
Maxwell Coughlin Andrew Johnson Hannah Paradis Nathan St. Cyr
Audrey DeAngelis Alexandra Kelly Lauren Rauseo Jeffrey Stanley
Sarah DeFilippi Jack Kester Shannon Rauseo Ryan Stultz
Robert Derhak Madison LeClair Nicholas Rioux Joshua Traynham
Hunter El-Azem Lydia Lekas Thomas Rioux Logan Wyman

We are proud of these young men and women and we ask for your continued prayers for them.

Check these sites out:

https://dynamiccatholic.com -free item- great books- mass journals- Decision Point Confirmation videos – gifts

carpeverbum@flocknotemail.com – sign up for daily readings and reflections for teens sent to your phone.