Events that bring the youth and their families together to connect on faith life topics through activites that build bonds of communication and nourish the family as the domestic church. Often, guest speakers and other ministries of St. Francis are invited.
Youth who express a desire to share their musical gift will partner with one or several adults to provide praise and worship music for Sunday evening youth meetings, as well as special requests for music.
Post High School Outreach
Maintain and build upon the connections we have with our graduating/graduated high school youth.
Retreats are a combination of spiritual and social activities which offer youth an opportunity to have fun and be renewed in mind, body and spirit! A Lock In is an opportunity to gather as a Church community to have fun, pray, play games, watch movies, share discussion and eat in the midst of old and new friends.
Service calls our youth to work for justice, to serve those in need, to pursue peace, and to defend the life, dignity, and rights of others encompassing the Social Justice Teachings of the Church. Youth are offered several opportunities throughout the year to serve at area non-profits experiencing ways they can directly affect the lives of others.
Mercy Camp is a weeklong opportunity to provide our youth with an understanding and appreciation of the Corporal Works of Mercy. During the week the youth will have multiple opportunities to serve as Christ’s hands and feet to those in need in our community.
Mission trips offer the participants an opportunity to serve in a variety of positions including tutoring, sorting and organizing food donations, assisting at a thrift store, feeding the homeless, volunteering at day camps and general home maintenance and repairs as part of their mission trip experience. St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia is among these trips.
These planned events tie into the larger social and cultural events in the country and world. Themed happenings such as Halloween or Election night are a couple of examples. The events are scheduled throughout the year with fun, fellowship and food as the basis for coming together with peers within the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi. Other special opportunities for youth can consist of athletics and other activities hosted by the Assisi Community Center.
Catechetical Middle and High School youth nights follow a format of gathering, music, prayer and announcement followed by a Large Group presentation or skit and break outs to grade specific groups for engaging catechesis using object lessons that convey the message while avoiding a traditional classroom presentation. Everyday life topics/current event issue sessions are reflective of a traditional youth night with a format of gathering, music, prayer and announcements followed by structured interactive presentations on life topics of importance to the youth (such as peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse, etc). They also meet in small groups where youth have the opportunity for questions and growing in their faith.