High School Happenings
My name is Scott Link and I’m the new coordinator of Youth Ministry here at St. Joe’s! I’ve been working in Youth ministry for over 10 years now. I graduated from Calvert Hall in ’99 and Lynchburg College in ’03. I was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for lacrosse at Lynchburg and still play weekly with Severn River Lacrosse Club in Annapolis! I attribute my love for the Church to my awesome family (my four brothers and my amazing parents). I learned about faith from watch my mom praying for us constantly as we traveled back and forth from the hospital for stitches and casts (she should be canonized someday since it’s a miracle that we are all still alive, proof that prayer does work). I love all sports, mountain biking, being Catholic, traveling, movies, hiking, Italy (and all its food), the Pope, music, my gorgeous holy wife, my hilarious 3 daughters and doing youth ministry. My favorite saying is “In coelo quies est” (Latin) or “In Heaven there is rest.” I still can’t believe that I get paid to talk to teens about Jesus and the Church – sure beats tents making (like St. Paul). Be Holy, and I’ll see you in Heaven!
Join us for High School Youth Group, known as 611 YM. 611 YM typically meets on the first and third Sundays of the months following the 5 pm Mass, from 6:11 pm – 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Here’s what’s happening in 2018:
March 16 – Youth Stations of the Cross, 6:30-8:00 pm. Sign up to help here.
March 18 – 611 YM “Intro to Shop Class 101”
Palm Sunday and Triduum – Sign up to help with these liturgies here.
April 8 – 611 YM “Running of the Bulls”
April 15 – Talk for Teens on “The Mass” by Mike Tenney, 1:30 pm in the Church
April 22 – NO 611 YM due to Confirmation Retreat
May 6 – 611 YM “All are Welcome”
May 19 – Confirmation Liturgies at 10 am and 1 pm
May 20 – 611 Mission Trip Cook-Out
June 3 – TBD
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Gear up for these high-energy, home-repair mission trips each summer during which youth work hard to improve the living situations of people in need, while also building strong relationships with friends and youth leaders. Our previous mission trips have served the people of Scranton, PA, China Grove, NC, York, PA, Keansburg, NJ, Burlington, NJ and Lexington, NC.
Our 2018 Mission Trip will be to an Indian Reservation in New Mexico from June 24-30. At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for the trip. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, email Scott Link at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are looking for young people who sing and/or play a musical instrument (any instrument is great!) We rehearse on Sundays before the 5:00 pm Mass, then play at Mass. Contact the YM Office for more information. You may earn Confirmation service hours for your participation.
Teens are also invited to participate in the SJCC Hand Bell Choir. Interested? Contact Carole Gauthier at email@example.com
Interested in being considered as a Summer Madness 2018 High School Volunteer? We will try to accommodate as many applicants as possible, but space is limited. We will let all applicants know either way if they have been selected by April 30. Apply here.
Service Opportunities are listed on our Confirmation Page.
Resources for Parents
- Beyond the Pew is a video resource that is specifically geared towards engaging parents. There are short, quick videos with practical ways for parents to bring the faith home. You can find the video blog here: http://beyondthepew.org/ or on their youtube channel
- SJCC offers families a free membership to the website FORMED.org which offers a huge selection of videos for all ages to grow in their faith. Enter parish code HR7RK7.
For more information about these ministries, please contact:
Youth Group Coordinator
Administrative Assistant for Youth Ministry