Middle School Youth Group
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!
MSYG meetings typically take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm in the SJCC Youth Center. A highlight of our Middle School Program is the “Summer Madness” week of service in July.
Middle School Youth Group
Dec. 1st 6:30-8:00 pm “It’s a Boy!” – That’s right – we are going to kick off Advent the right way! Join us for an incredible night of fun and games as we kick-off the Christmas season! Meet at 6:30pm at the youth room!
Dec. 15th 6:30-8:00 pm “Cookie-Making Contest & Service Project” – Get into the holiday spirit with us with a cookie making contest. No baking skills required, but it helps if you’re good with sprinkles. Meet at the Hall Kitchen at 6:30pm.
Summer Madness is an awesome opportunity for middle school parishioners to do community service, make friends with other middle school parishioners, and have fun! Summer Madness is designed to give middle school young people a chance to put their faith into action. Middle School teens spend their mornings volunteering at various organizations, including soup kitchens, nursing homes, horse rescues, farms, and more. The afternoons are reserved for fun outings and team-building activities.
We are looking for young people in 8th grade or older 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.
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