It’s hard to believe that we are already half of the way through this year! The youth group has had a jam-packed and grace-filled handful of months so far, and we are all very excited for the spring to come.
Early in the year, we took a hike up to Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Fr. Marcin, where he celebrated Mass. It was a great to explore nature together, pray together, and spend a day together after being apart for the summer.
In October, we put together a youth group fall festival at the Cathedral to raise money for the youth group. There were games, food, a photo booth, and raised money to throw a pie in Fr. Martin’s face. Overall a good time.
We have been meeting weekly throughout the year, discussing various different topics about faith and life, and learning how to live out life as a Catholic teenager. These meetings are full of joy, community, and many good questions. The ways that this group of teenagers loves and supports each other will always amaze me.
In December, 10 of our teens attended a Kairos retreat that we put on in collaboration with Judge Memorial and St. Joseph’s high schools. This retreat was three days long, and was filled with talks, activities, and small group discussions. This retreat created amazing community with each other, and was an opportunity for these teens to realize just how much they are loved by those around them.
These 10 teenagers are now working with me and Catherine to learn how to give talks and lead small groups, so that they can be on the main leadership team for our second Kairos retreat which will be held April 13-15 at Camp K. This retreat will be open to any 9-12 grade student, and registrations will be due March 1st.
Aside from Kairos, which we are incredibly excited for, our youth group is also looking forward to our trip to Anaheim in March for Catholic Youth Day! We are taking 40 people to California this year (which has more than doubled from the 15 we took last year!) This trip was an amazing experience for many teens last year, and we are looking forward to once again spending a few days with each other and with God on this trip!
Looking forward into the spring, we are also very excited for 5 of our youth group members to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in April- please keep them in your prayers!
If you are interested in joining the youth group, contact [email protected], or come on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 – we’d love to have you!