Youth & Young Adult Ministry




MISSION STATEMENT

St. George Youth Ministry is formed to serve the youth of this parish from Junior High through College.  We call young people to active participation in the life, mission and work of our faith community.  We accomplish this through offering a comprehensive program including the components recommended by the US Catholic Bishops in the 1997 document, Renewing the Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry.









Join us for the Life Teen
every Sunday, at 7:00 PM in
Teen Room in the Parish Life Center
All teens welcome!!



GET YOUR GOLDEN TICKET AND TRACK MARY ALL OVER THE WORLD!
WHERE: ST. GEORGE CHURCH, TINLEY PARK
WHEN: JUNE 19 -- 23; 9 AM -- 12 PM

This year’s program, entitled Tracking Mary: Mysteries & Messages, features the Queen of Heaven Express – a special holy train traveling to the faraway places around the globe visited by Our Blessed Mother: Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, England and Ireland. Children discover how Mary brings us closer to Jesus through the power of the Rosary. Mysteries and Messages are revealed at each stop. The program focuses on Catholic identity and teaches the Bible from the Catholic perspective. It introduces saints as faith heroes and heroines while encouraging family prayer through a daily Rosary. Children will enjoy skits, activities and games. Sensational, easy-to-make crafts reflect each day's theme. Songs from the Soul Tracks Music CD are lively and the lyrics enrich the overall program.

Fun and exciting lessons:

Lesson 1: Rosary: Immaculate Conception
Lesson 2: Rosary: Power of Prayer
Lesson 3: Rosary: Respect Life
Lesson 4: Rosary: Evangelize Your Faith
Lesson 5: Rosary: Sacramentals

Please join us for the closing ceremony!

The Closing Assembly is a celebration of the children's participation in the Tracking Mary: Mysteries & Messages Kidz Camp Program. It provide an opportunity for parents, friends and relatives to gain an appreciation for the role Catholic Kidz Camp plays in teaching the Catholic faith to children in a meaningful and enjoyable fashion.

SERVICE PROJECT
RESPECT LIFE

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I consecrated you; a prophet to the nations I appointed you."
Jeremiah 1:5

When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego she appeared pregnant with Jesus. Because of this, the Respect Life Service Project will involve the campers in a "Spare Your Change Drive". Each day throughout the week campers will donate their spare change to help pregnant women in need and their families through a group challenge. Donations will be collected in containers labeled with a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn. The funds will be used to support your Pro-Life Ministry or Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Catechism of the Catholic Church
2258: "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the creator who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstances claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being."

Please contact Maggie O'Connor at moconnor@stgeorge60477.org or (708) 532-8234 for more information.

Visit Growing with the Saints at www.growingwiththesaints.com for more Saint Series books for children.





St. George & Branches Youth Ministry Mission Trip
2017
Harlan, Kentucky


When: July 2nd– July 8th

Who: Incoming Freshman – Young Adults

We will be taking a group of 50 participants (20 from St. George 30 from St. Steven and St. Elizabeth Seton.) Spots are first come first serve, based on payment.

Cost: $270.00.

What will we be doing?
St. Stephen, St. Elizabeth Seton and St. George parishes are partnering with COAP (Christian Outreach to Appalachian People.) “COAP was conceived in 1977 as a grass roots inter-denominational relief effort in response to a devastating flood, which caused great destruction of homes in Harlan County. In 1980, a Mennonite volunteer, Marlin Yoder, helped to form Christian Family Housing Services to help actualize the dream of helping low-income families with their housing needs.”

The parishes will be driving 12 passenger vans to travel to Harlan, KY. We will be staying at a camp provided by COAP, CAMP SLEEPYHOLLOW. We will be responsible for cooking and cleaning up after ourselves.

Our group will also have sightseeing tours in the evenings, team-building activities, prayer and meditations, and travel around the local area. We will be working to improve life in a small area of theAppalachian Mountains by renovating homes, new construction, landscaping, and more. Students willreceive approximately 30 hours community service credit.

Deposit: $50 - Space Limited
Registration starting day: March 13th, 2017

The full payment should be completed by June 11, 2017 if not paying in full at registration.

*Registration is first come first serve basis.
Priority will be given to Youth Ministry Members and parish members.
The only way to hold your place is to turn in your deposit and completed registration forms.

Checks payable to – St. Stephen Deacon & Martyr Parish, Memo-Mission Trip Questions? Contact Maggie O'Connor at moconnor@stgeorge60477.org or (708) 532-8234.




MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!


IN A DISTINCTLY CATHOLIC SETTING, THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE INVITES PARTICIPANTS TO ENCOUNTER CHRIST, EXPERIENCE CHURCH, AND BE EMPOWERED FOR DISCIPLESHIP.



Every other year, Catholic young people and their chaperones - youth ministers, campus ministers, parents, catechists, priests, coaches and scout leaders - come together to pray, learn and grow in their faith. In addition to opportunities to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance, NCYC participants attend general and breakout sessions on topics relevant to living as a disciple of Christ in today's world, visit with organizations and provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, spend time in personal and communal prayer, and engage in service to others.






CONTACT

For questions or inquiries about Youth Ministry, please contact Maggie O'Connor at (708) 532-8234.

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