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:
611 HSYM Fall Kick-off – September 16th – Imagine foam darts…HUNDREDS of foams darts. Mark your calendar for this incredible High School Kick-off! We will meet right after the 5pm Mass outside the church!
Peer Ministers Meeting – Are you a high school Junior or Senior? Do you want to join an awesome group to meet new people, grow in faith, and have a lot of fun in our growing Youth Ministry program?! Well, this is a great leadership opportunity for you! If you are interested in learning more, email Scott at email@example.com.
BYCC 2018 – If you enjoyed the overnight Confirmation Retreat last year, or if you are looking for a way to jump start your faith-life this year, please consider joining us for the Baltimore Youth Catholic Conference (BYCC) from Nov 16-18 at Turf Valley. This awesome event includes a huge group of Catholic teens from all over the Archdiocese. You can expect great speakers, amazing music, vibrant liturgies, and REALLY FUN times with other teens who are also trying to grow in their faith. The cost for the weekend is $240, which includes accommodations, registration, three meals Saturday, and Sunday breakfast. If you would like more information about how to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms and payment are due by September 7
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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.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER
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
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