|Confirmation and High School Youth Group|
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Join the more than 20,000 teens from all over the United States for the National Catholic Youth Conference this fall!
Who? teens entering grades 9-12 this fall, and adult chaperones
What? NCYC is an exciting, biennial four-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes general sessions and workshops addressing a wide variety of topics including forgiveness, Catholic spirituality and prayer, global issues, and leadership. There are also opportunities for liturgy, reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and a thematic activity village.
Where? downtown Indianapolis - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Convention Center, and hotel accommodations at the JW Marriott
When? Wednesday, Nov. 20 (evening) – Saturday, Nov. 23
How much? $199 (The parish is covering the remaining $200.)
Registration form, Liability Waiver, and a $100 non-refundable deposit are due to Mrs. Justak no later than May 22.
2013 Summer Mission Trip
WANTED: Individuals who are willing to work long hours in rural counties in Appalachia. Must be open to learning new skills and adapting to new cultures. Must be ready for the unexpected and above all, must be open to receiving more than is given.
Who: youth of Blessed Sacrament who are at least 15 years old, have been confirmed and are currently in high school
What: summer mission trip to rural Appalachia
When: July 14-20, 2013
Where: The Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, Kentucky
Cost: only $140 The actual cost (including transportation) is about $280 per participant.
Additional contributions are always welcome to help offset costs for Youth Ministry activities.
This group mission trip is an awesome opportunity to put the gifts we are given to work! It is designed to give young Catholics a first-hand experience with mission service. The weeklong session is a retreat-like mission immersion blending the values of service, culture, prayer, community and reflection in an environment of simple living. More information about Glenmary Farm can be found on their website http://www.glenmary.org/farm and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenmary-Farm/6802923631#!/pages/Glenmary-Farm/6802923631. We can only take 12 youth. Please return the form below ASAP. We will take the first 12 who commit, with preference given to those who have not yet attended. No deposit is required at this time.
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*** Only Blessed Sacrament parishioners are eligible to attend our Religious Education programs. If your family is new to the parish, please complete a Parish Registration Form before registering your children for religious education. ***
Confirmation Class (9th grade and older) will meet on Sunday mornings from 9:05-10:25 a.m. downstairs in the St. Dominic Savio room. Confirmation preparation is offered to high school students in grades 9 and above who show a willingness to learn about the faith they will embrace in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation class meets between the Sunday morning Masses for lecture, small group discussions, and activities. Confirmation preparation also includes retreats and service projects. More information about Confirmation expectations will be discussed at the parent/student Faith Sharing retreat in the fall.
Sacramental Policy at Blessed Sacrament: Before a child receives any of the Sacraments (Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation), it is strongly recommended that he/she attend religious education class the year prior to the sacramental program. This is very important to ensure that children are well prepared and eligible to receive the Sacraments. If you have a question regarding this policy, please contact us.
High School Youth Group (9-12th grade) will meet on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. downstairs in the Holy Family Lounge. (Students enrolled in Confirmation are also part of the High School Youth Group and are welcome at all high school events.) Our High School Youth Group program has a variety of offerings including Bible study, Apologetics, and "The Truth" - a chance for students to have their questions about our Catholic faith answered by Fr. Buckles.
Integrated into each High School Youth Group meeting is a social time which includes snacks and a time for students to talk and build relationships with both their peers and adult leaders.
High School Faith Enrichment and Leadership Opportunities
Youth Council: Youth Council gives young people a voice in the decisions being made about Youth Ministry programming. We will meet once a month on Sunday evenings before High School Youth Group. Contact Mrs. Justak if you are interested in being part of the HS youth council.
Service Projects: Catholic social teaching is an essential part of our faith. As God reaches out to humanity in goodness, so we are called through Baptism to embrace and share God’s goodness with others. High School Youth Group Service projects will be planned throughout the year. Watch the bulletin for more information.
Dinner and a Movie: Dinner and a Movie meets on the first Saturday of the month after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. As a group we walk to a local restaurant for dinner and return to Blessed Sacrament for a movie. This offers a relaxed environment to build relationships with other youth and adult leaders. Movies will be about the life of a holy person, aspects of our faith, and challenges faced by today’s youth.
Holy Hour: A Holy Hour is offered to provide spiritual growth through prayer and an increased awareness of Jesus' real presence in the Eucharist.
Retreats: Retreats are important part of spiritual formation for teens. Various off-site Catholic youth retreats and conferences are available for our youth to attend throughout the year. More information will be available as they draw near. Please contact Mrs. Justak if you are interested in these or other retreat opportunities.