CALLING ALL TEENS! Do you need volunteer hours for Confirmation, SMHS, SPCS or NHS? Consider volunteering in our Sunday faith formation classes as a teen aide. The only time requirement is Sunday mornings from 9-10:15. For more information contact Evelyn Cedrun at 719-219-2704 or [email protected].
Especially within the context of our modern culture’s toxicity in its understanding of relationships, self-worth, and true femininity and masculinity, and the active hostility which we face in response to Church teaching on authentic love and the intrinsic dignity and integrality of the body, the gift of the Theology of the Body and teaching on authentic love is more important to understand and share than ever!
I truly cannot emphasize enough to you how critical it is that we understand what the Church shows us about our universal call to love, and that we enter the dialogue with our teens to discuss these issues openly…They are embattled, surrounded by a culture of misconceptions, brokenness, and use. Please, please join us in an event designed to help us combat that, come to a deeper knowledge of the truth of our human sexuality, and to draw together as the Body of Christ to pray for His grace and healing in our culture, our families, and our own hearts.
9th-12th graders: sign up now for Spoken, this year’s LifeTeen Fall Retreat! Join us for a weekend in the mountains of Bailey, CO to grow in community, explore prayer, and dive deeper into what it means to hear God’s voice in our lives…You won’t want to miss it! Oct. 11-13th, cost (including transport, meals, and softest T-Shirt of your life): $160. Email [email protected] for more info.
THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ALL YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS, 7-12TH HAS ALREADY PASSED! If you have not yet registered your child for Confirmation, LifeTeen, or the Dead Theologians’ Society, please turn your paperwork in ASAP, and note that there is now a $25 late fee.
We need registration forms for ALL programs, including the Confirmation Preparation program for 7th and 8th graders, as well as LifeTeen and the Dead Theologians’ Society for our 9-12th graders! The same form (available at stpaulcos.org/youth) can be used for ALL registrations; simply mark the appropriate program(s) and fill out BOTH sides—including the activity release. It helps us so much to have forms in ASAP, so please help us to get organized for the year to come by turning them in as soon as you can! The fee for either Confirmation or both high school groups (9th-12th don’t have to pay twice if they participate in both LifeTeen and DTS) is $75; the only exception is for students enrolled at St. Paul’s, who pay $40 for their Confirmation program. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions—AND REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A COPY OF THE BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE IF YOU ARE REGISTERING THEM FOR CONFIRMATION! Thank you.
Ministry Opportunity: Calling all adult volunteers! Is God inviting you to serve with the St. Paul Youth Ministry Program? Retreats, LifeTeen, Confirmation, and special events are all completely dependent on the response of faithful disciples like YOU who are willing to answer the call to witness to our teens and journey with them as they grow in faith! If you would be interested in getting involved with any of these ministries, please contact Miriam Pritschet at [email protected] to find out more. (FREE catechist training will be offered over the summer for anyone who’s interested!)
DEAD THEOLOGIANS SOCIETY - Open to any and all teens 9th-12th grade who are interested in digging deeper into their faith and prayer lives by learning from the model set forth for us by the Saints, this group will be meeting from 6:30pm - 8:00pm Tuesdays in the youth room during the school year. If you want to challenge yourself, grow in faith, and explore what it really means to live as a disciple of Christ, this is the group for you! Mortuum Mundo – Vivum in Christo!
Welcome back everyone!
We’re so excited to get started with this year’s youth ministry programs, and can’t wait to see all of you again soon! Confirmation for our 7th and 8th graders will start off with a mandatory Parent Information Session on Sunday, August 25th in the Julie Penrose Hall at 6:30pm, immediately following Mass. This meeting is for the parents (and Godparents/sponsors, if they are already known!) of ALL of our Confirmation candidates, both 7th and 8th graders, St. Paul Catholic School Students and Sunday Night families. Please join us to learn about the requirements, important dates, paperwork, and more that you’ll need in order to be prepared for the year ahead! There are some changes in this year’s requirements, so it’s very important that everyone is there! If you are unable to attend, please let me know ASAP. For our Sunday night group, Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, September 8th from 6:30-8pm…The location for that first class is dependent upon the progress in construction, and will be announced at the Parent Meeting.
We’ll also be jumping into our high school programing in September, with the LifeTeen Welcome Back Bash on Sunday, September 15th from 6:30-8pm, and the first meeting of the Dead Theologians’ Society on the following Tuesday, September 17th, from 6:30-8pm! All 9th-12th graders are welcome to join us for both events, and the year’s calendar for both programs are posted on the youth ministry page (stpaulcos.org/youth). The Welcome Back Bash will be an outdoor grill, followed by a watermelon relay and Sunday Sundae Bar—with the winning relay team earning the right to Human Sundae Fr. Fitz and I! :D Come one, come all—and feel free to bring a friend!
Our first retreat of the year will be the LifeTeen Fall Retreat, October 11-13th! We’ll spend a gorgeous weekend in the mountains growing closer to God and deeper in community…You won’t want to miss it! It’s open to all 9th-12th graders, and registrations will be sent out and posted on the website as soon as they are published.
We are currently in search of parents willing to feed our teens by signing up for a night to cook dinner for LifeTeen! We’ll have a sign-up available after Mass on August 24th and 25th, and you can also sign up by emailing me at [email protected]. There are 12 LifeNights in this coming year, and it would help us ENORMOUSLY if you would consider volunteering to provide a meal for even just one of them…Thank you so much for your support and prayerful consideration!
Finally, we’re very excited to have a group of teens this year who will be taking part in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (RCIT), which means that they will be welcomed into the Church and receive the Sacraments of Initiation this Easter! Please hold all of them in your prayers, and let me know if you or anyone you know may have a teen who is still in need of Sacraments and would be interested in participating.
Please remember that we need registration forms filled out for teens to participate in any of these programs! The emails you list on those forms are also how we build our email lists for youth ministry updates, opportunities, and reminders, so it’s very important that you get them in to us! A copy of the form is available at stpaulcos.org or upon email request at [email protected]. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and know that I am praying for you and your families! May God bless our teens, and lead them closer to His Sacred Heart every day.
*In consideration of the continuity between the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as well as the life-long nature of the support and prayer which the relationship entails, the Diocese has requested that all parishes speak not about “Sponsors” in reference to Confirmation, but rather “Godparents.” They also ask that we now use this new form for all Godparents who will be accompanying our Confirmandi on their journey towards the Sacrament—so we will not be able to accept any old versions of “Sponsor Forms” from past years, only this form!
I know that the terminology change might be confusing, so to try to clarify: Canon law states that the Godparents of a child (determined at Baptism) should be the sponsor for their Godchild at Confirmation “in so far as possible” (cf. Can. 875). If it is not possible that the Godparents accompany their Godchild in Confirmation, another Catholic adult in good standing with the Church can be designated (our classic understanding of a “Sponsor”).
So: whenever possible, it is strongly encouraged that a Godparent serve as the Confirmandi’s “Sponsor;” the forms (and language we use in the Confirmation program) will now reflect that. However, if it is NOT possible that a Godparent be there, another practicing Catholic, 16 or over, who has received all their Sacraments of Initiation and is not the parent of the child, can serve in the role. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please just let me know!