October 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Whew! September was a busy month! And… October looks kinda busy, too. I guess the business never stops when you’re doing ministry for God’s youth! Check out what we’ve been up to this past month, and what we’ll be doing in October!

THIS PAST MONTH
September was fun! All of our youth programs kicked off with a bang! Life Teen had a Glow-in-the-Dark Extravaganza with glowing snacks, glowing games, and glowing teens. The hall looked absolutely stellar, thanks to the hard work of a particularly pretty red-headed girl.

In our other Life Night this past month, we began Ex Tenebris Lux, a series on Sacred Scripture. The first night, titled Shattering Night, was all about God’s self-revelation, beginning in the Old Testament and climaxing in the New Testament.

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys began their Club Meetings in September. We started off our year with games and icebreakers on our first meeting, and continued the fun with a trip to the Edmonton Corn Maze for our second one. All in all, September was a fun month for them too!

Our new ECSRD/Holy Trinity Parish Junior High Mega Nights began with a crew of grade 7&8 students in late September. We played with nerf guns and had a pizza decorating competition! There will be more activities for Junior High students like this throughout this year, so if you missed our first Mega Night, look for us in the schools and at Holy Trinity next month!

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
The Challenge and Conquest Clubs will be beginning their regular Club Meetings in October. After having the opportunity to get to know each other as a large group, the boys and girls will be meeting in their separate-gendered Clubs this month. We’ll be starting our first series with the boys and girls, building up to apostolic service projects for each of them.

Life Teen will have five whole Life Nights in October. We’ve just finished our second night in our Ex Tenebris Lux series on Scripture. This month will have two more nights in that series: a night on God’s promises throughout scripture, and a night on how all of scripture points to Jesus.

Before we continue that series, however, we’ll be having our third annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot on October 8th! For two years already, we’ve spent our Thanksgiving weekend Life Night by arming teenagers with nerf guns and sending them after core team leaders dressed as turkeys. If you don’t have plans with family that night, bring some nerf guns and join us for our Turkey Shoot!

Life Teen will continue it’s theme of scripture afterward with a night on the Psalms – unless we end up sending a group from Holy Trinity to the Archdiocese of Edmonton’s Youth Rally on October 28th in Red Deer. Contact the office by October 15th if you’re interested in attending that youth rally!

Finally, our HT Young Adults have two nights to look forward to in October. We’ll be continuing our theme of apologetics by watching the movie “God’s Not Dead” for our first meeting. Then, we’ll re-gather for our second meeting to discuss and analyze the arguments in that movie.

WANT TO BE INVOLVED?
After talking about all of the fun and amazing things we’ve done and will be doing with our youth, perhaps you may be interested in helping make those things happen. Our parish’s youth ministry cannot happen without the work of some spectacular volunteers.

Our parish does not stop looking for volunteers after September, so if you were interested then, but didn’t know how to be involved, contact the office! If you were not able to be involved earlier, but find that you can now, contact the office! And if you pray about it, and discern that God may be calling you to be involved with youth ministry at our parish, contact the office.

OCTOBER YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
October 1 – Life Teen: Carry the Fire
October 5 – HT Young Adults: God’s Not Dead Movie Night
October 8 – Life Teen’s 3rd Annual Turkey Shoot!
October 11 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
October 15 – Life Teen: Illumination
October 18 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
October 19 – Junior High Mega Night
October 19 – HT Young Adults: God’s Not Dead Discussion
October 22 – Life Teen: Triumphant Light
October 25 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
October 28 – Edm Archdiocese Youth Rally in Red Deer
October 29 – Life Teen: Divine Music (MAY BE CANCELLED)

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Interested in the Archdiocese of Edmonton Youth Rally ’17 on Saturday October 28th in Red Deer? Face2Face Ministries of Saskatoon will be leading a day with food, fun, Mass, Adoration, and a dance! Cost: $50 per person. Contact the office by October 15th if you’re interested.

After the break for the summer, we are still planning on making a Fight the New Drug t-shirt order. If you are interested in getting a cool t-shirt with an even cooler message, contact the office. Shirts will be $25 each.

The World Youth Day Pilgrims are having a bake sale after all Masses on the weekend of Oct 28th & 29th. Look for us in the Our Lady’s Room.

Want to lead in worship and share your musical talents with the church? Check out the youth choir, which plays at the 6pm Mass!

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