Catholic Connection Youth Group Update

It has been an exciting few months for the Catholic Connection youth group! In February, we teamed up with St. John the Baptist’s youth group, and took a full bus load of teenagers to Anaheim for the Religious Education Congress’s youth day! At this conference, we were able to attend Mass with thousands of Catholic youth, as well as listen to an afternoon of speakers. This trip was very powerful for many of our teens, and I was honestly very impressed and humbled by the conversations of faith that followed. The Intermountain Catholic also wrote about this trip, which you can read about here: http://www.icatholic.org/article/youth-groups-collaborate-for-anaheim-youth-day-7969780

I have to say, every Sunday afternoon after youth group I leave the youth room beaming with joy, and in astonishment of the passion, faith, and love that these teens have for God and for each other. They pour so much energy and passion into all that they do, and are always looking for new ways to support each other, while also diving deeper into their faith. It is honestly such a privilege to work with each and every one of these teens.

This past weekend, the youth group kicked off Holy Week with an overnight Lock-In retreat at St. Catherine’s, focusing on the theme, “Holy week, Holy You!” They had the opportunity to spend the night diving deeper into their faith through witness talks, small groups, adoration, and confession, as well as spending hours of quality time with each other! We had a blast!

Recently, the youth group elected five of their members to serve as a youth board over the next year. This small group of teens will work alongside myself and Catherine to help plan meetings and events, coordinate service projects, and work within the group to help welcome new members, and communicate among the group. These five youth leaders will be attending Notre Dame Vision, a week-long Catholic Summer program in Indiana this summer, and a few have even applied for and received scholarships for the program!

However, we still need to raise funds to assist with the cost of registration and transportation to the event! We will be in the gathering space after all of the Masses the weekend of April 22nd & 23rd for a “sponsor a student” campaign- please stop by to talk to the teens about their youth group experiences, and if you are able to donate to help them get to Vision this Summer, it would be greatly appreciated! If you will not be around St. Catherine’s that weekend, but are still interested in donating to the youth group, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Peace,
Michelle


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