December 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

December has arrived, and with it has some the season of Advent! As the Church prepares for Christmas, the Church’s youth also have activities to help them prepare! Check out this month’s December HTYouth Newsletter for info on what we’ve been up to and what we’re preparing to do!

THIS PAST MONTH

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys both had successful apostolic service projects in November. The Boys had Mass and prayed a Rosary for all of the families who had signed up for the Travelling Shrine. The Girls had an absolutely lovely tea party for their moms and special guests, including entertainment by some of the Girls on the piano, and a song of blessing from all of the Girls. Thank you Boys and Girls for your work on these projects!

The high-school youth had a busy month as well! We had our Clue Night, and many teens attended the SEARCH retreat in St Albert. Life Teen also started a new four-part life night series titled Alive and Dangerous. The series focuses on God’s call for us to live a life of love – leading to a life fully alive. In Alive, the first night in the series, the we talked about the Mystery of the Trinity, and that we are made from love, by love, to love. The series continues off of this theme in the three life nights in December.

In other November news, the Juniour High Mega Nights have been continuing to gather steam. For their meeting in November, the grade 7&8 youth learned about Adam and Eve through an interactive skit and a video from the late, great Fr Mike “Catfish” Mireau!

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO

As for December, there are only a few plans for the month, with Christmas coming around the corner!

Life Teen will be continuing it’s previously mentioned Alive and Dangerous series. Overfed Yet Starving, the life night that just passed this weekend, was on the substitutes for God’s love that we accept in our lives. It drove home the point that only Jesus can truly fulfill us. To start, the teens had a time of true community and recreation playing a game of “dodge-sock”. We ended the night with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, giving teens the opportunity to be with the God that truly satisfies them.

The next two life nights in December are titled Counterfeit, and Dangerous. Counterfeit is a life night about the counterfeits to love, specifically to romantic love. As introduced in the first night of the series, we’ll discuss how the image of the Holy Trinity gives a real meaning and direction to our human sexuality. The last life night in the series, Dangerous, takes all of the lessons of the series and directs them to the final point. To live a life that doesn’t accept the substitutes or counterfeits to real love, is to live a life that is fully alive, and very dangerous to the status quo. We’ll talk about the persecution that the early Christians experienced, and the necessity of being ready to give your testimony for why you act the way you do.

Other than Life Teen’s three nights of the month, there are only a few more activities for December. The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys have only one meeting this month! Since the parish Advent Penitential Service is on Wednesday December 13th, we would like to encourage the Boys and Girls to attend it with their families. Our meeting on Wednesday December 20th will be a Christmas Party! More details will be out later this week with info on this super fun event.

For its two meetings of the month, HT Young Adults is going to be starting a book study. As a group that is designed to be variable, with discussion nights, movie nights, and more, book studies are a great way that our young adult group can grow in faith and community. Our last book study was of CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce. This time around, the young adults have yet to final decide on a book, but Mere Christianity by CS Lewis and A Man Called Thursday by GK Chesterton are both in the running for the groups read!

Speaking of young adults, the World Youth Day Pilgrims are planning a “Parents Night Out” Fundraiser on December 9th. The idea, which is brilliantly simple, is to have an evening of pizza, games, and a movie at the parish for children. For a small donation, families will be able to let there kids have a fun night at the church, and give parents a free night out! There are registration forms at Holy Trinity on the youth board, and more information available there!

Finally, grade 7&8 youth are invited to this month’s Juniour High Mega Night on Thursday December 21st. As we’ve been going through the Old Testament covenants, this month’s meeting will be on Noah. Naturally, there will be animal crackers and an animal themed game.  More importantly, there will be an opportunity to learn about God and His promises to His people!

That’s what we’re up to in December! Holy Trinity’s youth ministry will be taking a break for Christmas at the end of the month. We’ll be back with more fun and faith-filled events for youth and young adults in January! Until then, check out our calendar of activities for the month. We hope to see you there!

DECEMBER YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
December 3 – Life Teen
December 7 – HT Young Adults
December 9 – WYD Parents’ Night Out Fundraiser
December 10 – Life Teen
December 17 – Life Teen
December 20 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Christmas Social
December 21 – Juniour High Mega Night
December 21 – HT Young Adults

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you want to support Holy Trinity’s youth ministry, please pray about how you can be involved. It may be in prayer, or in volunteering, or in any other ways you can think of. Our ministry is so well supported at our parish, and we can only be grateful for the support we’re given.

As mentioned, there will be no youth events after Christmas until early January. We wish everyone a blessed Advent, and a merry Christmas. Peace!

November 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Peace! This November Newsletter is a little late off the start, but it is here nonetheless! There are some big things planned for this month all around, so we hope you’ll be able to join us for them! First, however, check out the cool stuff we did in October.

THIS PAST MONTH
Some noteworthy youth activities to look back on from October include the completion of Life Teen’s Ex Tenebris Lux series, which was a four part series focusing on God’s self-revelation in Sacred Scripture. The last two parts of the series were on the progression of the Old Testament Covenants, and on the centrality of Jesus to our understanding of Scripture. We were happy to have Fr Jan join us for the last Life Night of the series, in which he spent some time talking to the teens and ended the night by blessing them with the Book of the Gospels!

We’ve been continuing the theme of Sacred Scripture, with last weeks Life Night focusing on the Psalms. Since we were talking about music, Life Teen had a little party, complete with a song lyric challenge (that the teens were very focused on, as you can see ->)

 

In other activities this month, the Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys were preparing for their apostolic service projects – which will come to fruition in this month! The Girls are working on a Chari-Tea Project, in which they will invite their mom’s for a night of tea and appreciation. The Boys are promoting Holy Trinity’s Traveling Shrine of Our Lady, and will be inviting parishioners to be involved and join them for Mass to start off the Traveling Shrine.

Holy Trinity also had its second Junior High Mega Night, which will be giving youth in grades 7&8 an opportunity to spend time together, and dive into Archbishop Richard Smith’s Pastoral Letter on the Word of God.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
As for November, our programs will be having some really big and exciting events this month! The Challenge Girls’ and Conquest Boys’ apostolic projects will be coming to a climax this month, with the Boys’ Mass for the Traveling Shrine and the Girls’ Chari-Tea Party with their honoured guests. Both of those events will be on November 22nd.

Life Teen will be starting and ending its month with some regular Life Nights, which both bring Scripture to the teens. In between those nights, however, are some pretty big Life Teen events.

First off, Sunday November 12 will be Life Teen’s third ever Clue Night. The Clue Nights have been evenings of food, fun, skits, and mystery! As in years past, the core leaders will be in character as the suspects of a murder investigation, which the teens are tasked with solving! In the last Clue Night, our talented writer, Angela, turned our game into a “Murder in the Middle Ages”, complete with kings and princes! It was a lot of fun (as you can see to the left!) This time around she has re-imagined the usual Clue characters – giving us Mr. and Mrs. Burgandi rather than Ms. Scarlet, and Mrs. Nightingale rather than Mrs. Peacock. Teens, make sure to check out this really awesome Life Night!

The other big event that Life Teen has this month isn’t a Life Teen event. It’s the Fall SEARCH Retreat in St Albert on November 17th-19th. SEARCH is a completely unique retreat experience for youth aged 15 and up. It is a “search for Christian maturity” and is perfect for any youth seeking to grow in their faith. Holy Trinity Parish will be sending a group of teens to retreat that weekend, so if you or your youth have never been to a SEARCH, we highly recommend it. You can check out the information on the youth bulletin board at the back of the church.

November has other fun youth stuff planned, including another HT Young Adults meeting, and our monthly Junior High Mega Night. There will be a few visits to the grade 7&8 students at St Thomas Aquinas and St John Paul II schools as well, so look for us there! Otherwise, check out the full calendar for this month’s activities below! God bless you and your family this November!

NOVEMBER YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
November 2 – HT Young Adults
November 5 – Life Teen: Tweeting #Jesus
November 8 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
November 12 – Life Teen: Clue Night
November 15 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
November 16 – Junior High Mega Night
November 16 – HT Young Adults
November 17-19 – St Albert SEARCH Retreat
November 22 – Challenge Girls Chari-Tea Project
November 22 – Conquest Boys Travelling Shrine of Our Lady Project
November 26 – Life Teen: Alive
November 29 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our parish’s youth ministry is desperately in need of volunteers, especially women. Our programs cannot run without volunteers of both genders and currently only three adult women have gifted their time to our youth ministry. Our female youth need women leaders and role models! It does not matter your age; all that matters is your desire to serve God’s youth. If you are interested, please contact the office.

 

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!

September 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

September has arrived, and with it begins the new school year. Our prayers are with all of the teachers and students who are heading back to school this week.

As the new school year begins, Holy Trinity’s youth ministry starts up again as well! Check out when the program you’re interested in starts this month.

PROGRAM START DATES
HT Young Adults (which met a few times over the summer) will have it’s first meeting of the school year on Thursday September 7th at 7:30pm it’s new time.

Life Teen will be starting on Sunday September 17th at 7:15pm. Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to join us.

Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys have their first club meetings of the year on Wednesday September 20th. Challenge and Conquest will continue to meet at St John Paul II School in Stony Plain. However, they will be meeting at a new time – starting at 6:15pm and ending at 8pm.

Evergreen Catholic and Holy Trinity Parish’s first Junior High Mega Night will be on Thursday September 21st at 6:30pm in the parish hall. Youth in grades 7&8 from St Thomas Aquinas, St John Paul II, and any other gr 7&8 students from Holy Trinity Parish are invited to these Mega Nights.

WANT TO STAY IN THE LOOP?
There are a couple avenues for parishioners to keep updated on youth activities this year. This website and monthly HTYouth Newsletter is one of them. There is also a youth bulletin board at the back of the church with information on the programs we run, registration forms for groups and events, and posters for upcoming youth events in the parish and Edmonton area. HTYouth is also present on social media. We have a Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter page for our youth ministry. You can find each of those pages by searching “@htyouth” on the corresponding website.

Finally, we’ve just begun using a useful tool called “Remind”. Remind is a tool designed for teachers, which allows parents and youth to receive announcements directly to their phones – without sharing their personal phone number. It is easy to opt in and out of the service. Simply text the code for the group you want to receive announcements and reply to them.
Text the code for the group you want to the number 289.270.0882.
Life Teen – @bbcckh
Challenge and Conquest – @c94e38
Young Adults – @24ee6

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Each of these programs could not possibly run without the effort of some spectacular volunteers. Our parishioners work in big ways and small ways to make youth ministry possible. If you are interested and available, I invite you to prayerfully consider how you could be involved in our ministry. Here are some of those vounteering ideas:

Life Teen Core: Our high school youth group wouldn’t be possible with the adults who commit time to be there. Core members work as a team with the youth minister to plan and execute Life Nights. They work directly with the teens by setting up, leading teachings, or just being there. While it is a commitment of time and effort, Core members reap the benefits of community, laughter, and the occasional pizza. More than that, they get the opportunity to watch God work in the lives of His teenagers.

Life Teen Core meet twice a week in total – on Mondays at 5:30pm for the weekly Core Meeting, and on Sundays at 4:30pm to begin preparing for Life Teen that evening. The first Core Meeting is on Monday, Sept 11th.

Challenge and Conquest Leaders: Similar to Life Teen, Challenge and Conquest are two youth groups that need strong, Catholic, female and male role models for the girls and boys in the clubs. The clubs have both adult and teen leaders, each filling different roles.

Adult leaders are there to lead the boys and girls, keep them safe, and keep things running smoothly. Whether they are a mom or dad that wants to stick around with their child, or any other adult who cares about God’s youth, they have the opportunity to lead by example and minister to the youth.

Teenage leaders who decide to give time to their younger peers are fantastic role models. The boys and girls, who are just a few years younger than them, need teenagers to look up to. The teen leaders are involved in the club meetings, having opportunities to lead discussions, present teachings, and play games with the boys and girls.

Challenge and Conquest Leaders meet once a week on Wednesdays. The first Wednesday of each month is their leaders meeting, which is at 6:30pm. Each other Wednesday is a club meeting, for which the leaders arrive at 6:00pm. The first leaders meeting is on Wednesday Sept 13th.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of these “big ways” contact the office. There are more ways to help than just these ways, though, and there are as many as you can think of. If you can think of a way to help Holy Trinity’s youth ministry, just contact the youth office. We have a parish full of talented, caring people.

Finally, one of the simplest and most important ways you can aid Holy Trinity youth ministry is to pray. Pray for the youth. Pray for the success of the meeting, or the retreat, or the youth rally. Pray for the leaders, the church, and the silly youth coordinator. Prayer is powerful, and so necessary for the success of our ministry.

SEPTEMBER YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
September 7 – HT Young Adults
September 11 – 1st LT Core Meeting of the year!
September 13 – 1st CHCQ Leaders Meeting of the year!
September 17 – Life Teen Kick Off
September 20 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Kick Off
September 21 – Junior High Mega Night
September 21 – HT Young Adults
September 24 – Life Teen
September 27 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
September 30 – WYD Bake Sale (after all Masses)

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! Register by Oct 18th to receive a t-shirt! Cost: $50 per person. Contact the office 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 Sept 30th/Oct 1st. Look for us in the Our Ladies’ 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!

2017/18 Ministry Info HTYouth Newsletter

Greetings! I hope your summer has be wonderful so far, with whatever camping and vacationing you and your family have had. The youth office has continued to work at summer ministry activities which I hope our youth enjoyed! Now, summer is half over, which leads us to a scary (albeit important) topic:

BACK TO SCHOOL
I’m sorry for saying it! It is still August, but for this month’s HTYouth Newsletter, we are looking ahead to the start of the upcoming ministry year in September! Holy Trinity Parish will be continuing to serve and minister to our youth through multiple programs and events throughout the year. Information on these ministry efforts can be found below.

Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Clubs
Holy Trinity will be continuing its Challenge and Conquest Clubs this fall. Challenge and Conquest are programs for girls and boys, respectively, in grades 5-8.

They both meet on Wednesdays at 6:15pm at St John Paul II Catholic School except the first Wednesday of each month, which is the leaders planning meeting.

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Clubs have their first club meeting on Wednesday September 20th at St JPII School!

Junior High Mega Nights
In the last school year, Holy Trinity Parish and Evergreen Catholic Schools worked together on a joint project to reach out to the grade 7&8 students at St Thomas Aquinas and St John Paul II Schools. The project took the form of an EDGE Youth Group.

This year, Holy Trinity and Evergreen will be continuing to collaborate with some weekly lunchtime visits to each school (similar to the youth group last year). Added on to this, however, will be monthly “Junior High Mega Nights” at the parish. These will be evenings for grade 7&8 students at STA and SJPII, as well as any other grade 7&8 students from the parish. These junior high events will begin at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of each month (except in January, it’s the fourth Thursday).

The first Junior High Mega Night will be on Thursday September 21st at 6:30pm in the parish hall!

Life Teen
Holy Trinity Parish will continue to run a Life Teen youth group for our high-school students! Life Teen is a group for youth in grades 9-12, which meets on Sunday evenings after the 6pm Mass. Life Teen focuses on leading teens closer to Christ, which we work to accomplish through teachings, videos, retreats, games, music, and community.

Life Teen kicks off on Sunday September 17th, after the 6pm Mass!

HT Young Adults
This past year, Holy Trinity started a new group for the young adults of our parish. The goal was to create an opportunity to build community among young adults: a group that is so vastly separated, and yet in so much need of ministry.

With the same goal in mind, we will be continuing our young adult meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month (except for January, its the second and fourth). Meetings this year will begin at 7:30pm, however. We will also continue to plan simple community-building social nights every month or two months.

Our first meeting of the fall is on Thursday September 7th at 7:30pm. (We will have one more meeting this summer on Thursday August 3rd.)

Registration forms for Life Teen, Challenge and Conquest are available for parents to fill out in preparation for these programs.

AN IMPORTANT REQUEST
We cannot talk about all of our parish’s youth programs without recognizing an important fact first. Without the help of volunteers from our parish, it would be impossible to continue ministering to our youth. These events wouldn’t be possible without volunteers helping in big and small ways, in the forefront and background.

Volunteering is a commitment of time and effort. There are many different ways that parishioners can help – whether it’s helping with making snacks for a youth night, or being involved on a leadership team. In whatever way they are able to help, volunteers have the amazing opportunity to serve God through His youth; and there is great joy and lots of fun in doing His work. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the parish office.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
We have one more Ultimate Frisbee game this summer on Wednesday August 2nd at 6:30pm at Jubilee Park, and one more HT Young Adults meeting on Thursday August 3rd at 7pm!

Young Adults are invited to attend the Archdiocese of Edmonton Camping Retreat on September 8-10 at Garner Lake Provincial Park. The cost to go is only $10. Contact James if you’re interested.

World Youth Day Panama is approaching, and Holy Trinity Parish is beginning preparations. If you are interested in joining our WYD pilgrim group, contact the parish office. We will have our first pilgrim meeting on Monday August 28 at 6pm in the youth office.

Youth interested in getting a Fight The New Drug t-shirt can sign up and bring $25 to James!

July & August 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Happy summer to our parishioners! Our parish’s youth have made it to summer vacation, with all of its adventures and fun. Holy Trinity Parish will have summer ministry activities throughout July and the beginning of August for youth and young adults.

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Teens will have many things to look forward to this summer. We’ll be playing Ultimate Frisbee at Jubilee Park from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesdays. We will also have some social afternoons for teens on Sundays (with the totally snazzy and non-lame title of “Sunday Fundays”). These Sunday Fundays will be on July 9, 16, and 30, beginning at 3pm and ending at 5pm. We will have an afternoon of capture the flag , titled “Googa Mooga”, some community building games involving blindfolds, and a huge water fight with water guns and balloons! Youth who will be going into grades 9 to 12, along with recent graduates, are welcome to attend!

We will also be continuing our HT Young Adults group through the summer. There will be three meetings: Thursday July 6 and 20, and August 3 at 7pm. Young adults are invited to watch a video or teaching and discuss a topic each meeting. We are also currently planning a trip to Jasper for our young adults from July 21-23. We’ll be heading out on Friday afternoon or evening, and coming back in time for the 6pm Mass at Holy Trinity. The trip will be an opportunity for young adults to build community, pray together, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation! Interested young adults should contact the youth office!

This summer also marks the beginning of Holy Trinity Parish’s preparation for World Youth Day Panama in January 2019.

We will be having a preliminary information meeting for youth and young adults interested in joining our WYD group on Monday July 10 at 6:30pm in the youth office. Young adults and youth who will be 18 years old in time for WYD are welcome to attend!

Join us for any of these youth events! The youth office will be taking it’s own break in August, but will be back soon afterward for planning and conniving for the youth activities in the fall!

Holy Trinity’s Summer Youth Activities Calendar
July 5 – Ultimate Frisbee at Jubilee Park
July 6 – HT Young Adults
July 9 – Sunday Funday: “Googa Mooga”
July 10 – World Youth Day Panama 2019 Preliminary Info Meeting
July 12 – Ultimate Frisbee at Jubilee Park
July 16 – Sunday Funday, “Running Blind”
July 19 – Ultimate Frisbee at Jubilee Park
July 20 – HT Young Adults
July 21-23 – HT Young Adults Jasper Trip!
July 26 – Ultimate Frisbee at Jubilee Park
July 30 – Sunday Funday, “Water War!”
August 2 – Ultimate Frisbee at Jubilee Park
August 3 – HT Young Adults

Announcements

Any youth aged 14-19 interested in serving in youth ministry are encouraged to attend the Dive In Youth Ministry Camp at OLVC on August 21-25. Info is available at the office and on the youth bulletin board.

After our two-week series on pornography, our teens asked, and so we are making a t-shirt order from Fight The New Drug. There is a sign up sheet, and a cost of $25 per shirt. If you’re interested in getting a t-shirt with an anti-porn message, contact the office.

June 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Greetings from the Holy Trinity youth office! June has finally come, and summer vacation is soon to come for our parish’s youth. June will mark the end of our weekly youth ministry programs – but there’s more to come for youth ministry this summer!

Looking back to May, our Challenge and Conquest Clubs’ prayer service was quite successful. The youth brought forward prayer intentions and attached them to a beautiful cross (made by the wonderful Jodoin family). Challenge and Conquest ended their year with an evening of taquitos, sports, and dodgeball.

Life Teen also had some fun special events in May, with a successful campfire during the long weekend at Chickakoo Lake. Our teens joined us for a relaxed evening of hotdogs and games, followed by some praise and worship at Ephphatha House down the street.

As for June, HT Young Adults and Life Teen have some big nights ahead, covering some important topics (we save the best for last, as always).

HT Young Adults has had one of it’s two meetings this month already. In the Nicene Creed, we profess that we believe in God “maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible”. In this first discussion, the young adults talked about angels and demons. For our next meeting, we will be talking specifically about the occult, what the Church teaches about the Devil, and how to equip ourselves against evil as young Catholics.

Life Teen has an important two-part series on pornography, titled Unspoken, this month. Our first night was successful, focusing on Theology of the Body and giving a “big-picture” to the Church’s teaching on sexuality. The second half, happening on Sunday June 11, will be focused on the issue of pornography specifically. An important feature of these Life Nights is the involvement of parents. While the teens are having their Life Night, the parents have their own session with our parish’s marriage and family ministers, on how to protect their families from pornography.

After Unspoken, Life Teen will close it’s year with a classic Stressbuster night, focused on relieving their exam stress and giving them a much needed break from studying. Following that will be a carnival-themed Life Teen wrap up, with games, popcorn, a dunk tank, and more!

June’s Youth Activities Calendar
June 1 – HT Young Adults on Angels and Demons
June 4 – Life Teen: Unspoken Pt 1
June 11 – Life Teen: Unspoken Pt 2
June 15 – HT Young Adults on the Occult
June 18 – Life Teen: Stressbuster!
June 25 – Life Teen Year End Wrap Up

Announcements

Stay tuned for youth events happening this summer!

There will be many young adults ministry activities for parishioners aged 18-35 this summer! HT Young Adults will be continuing it’s discussion meetings throughout the summer, as well as having a weekend in Jasper this July! The young adults will also be heading to the Family Life Conference as a group, and will be starting a group preparing to go to CCO’s Rise Up at New Years!

Our high school youth are invited to join us for weekly evenings of Frisbee this summer! We’ll also be having some activities on Sundays, so keep your eyes peeled for those announcements.

Finally, the second Dive In Youth Leadership Camp will be happening from August 21-25 at OLVC. Any youth who are involved as youth ministry leaders should definitely attend!

May 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Greetings! Happy May and happy Easter! The season of Easter that began in April continues into this month of May. April was a full month for Holy Trinity’s youth, with our THINKfast on Palm Sunday and Holy Week. I was blessed to see Holy Trinity’s youth reflecting on Jesus’ passion and death, and rejoicing at the Easter Vigil this year. Youth were serving as altar servers, baptism sponsors, and participating in the Mass. At our THINKfast, they went without food for more than 25 hours and raised $500 for Development and Peace. They slept with hungry stomachs, and some of the boys made themselves a fort with the tables in the hall!

As we enter into May the end of the school year is in sight, and  with it our students will start to get quite busy. St Peter the Apostle Catholic High-School’s Grad Retreat is in the end of May, which begins to signal the end of the year for those students. Just as the schools have many activities this month, our parish’s youth ministry will have many as well.

May marks the ending of two of our parish’s youth ministry years. EDGE will have it’s final meeting on Tuesday May 9. We’ll be ending our EDGE ministry year with a bang at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School. There will be games, food, and fun! Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys also have their final club meetings in May. The last regular club meeting will be on Wednesday May 10, followed by the Apostolic Project that the Boys and Girls have been leading up to. Challenge and Conquest’s focus question for the past few weeks has been “How Can I Make the World Better?” For their Apostolic Project, they’ve been bringing in articles on world events that need our prayer. This has been leading up to a prayer service that the Boys and Girls will take part in, praying for all of those needs throughout the world. Challenge and Conquest will then end with a big wrap up party on May 24.

As for the rest of Holy Trinity’s youth programs, they will continue into the end of June!

HT Young Adults will be joining with Paul and Carol Quist’s “Hot Topics in May” series. The Hot Topics in May will be on Thursdays in May from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the parish hall. Since our HT Young Adults group is on Thursdays at 7, we will be joining Paul and Carol’s presentations instead at 6:30. The topics for each Thursday are: May 4, Bioethics; May 11, Sexuality; May 18, Gender; and May 25, Marriage. Come join us then!

Life Teen has a full month of activities in May. We will be continuing our semester on Vocations, with more guest speakers coming in to speak to the teens on their vocations.

Two of the Life Nights can be described as “part two” of a vocation discussed earlier in the semester. “Playing House” and “Sister Act” will be an opportunity for our teens to revisit the topics of Marriage and Consecrated Religious Life. In “Playing House” Paul and Carol Quist will address cohabitation and chastity within the context of Christian marriage. A week later, Life Teen will be joined by Sister Mary, from the Sisters of Providence, to give a women’s perspective on Consecrated Religious Life. Our last Life Night in May, will be joined by multiple alumni of NET Ministries and Pure Witness Ministries, who will speak on their calling to be missionaries!

I hope that all of our parish’s youth and young adults have a blessed May! We’ll see you at these youth events and in the parish!

May’s Youth Activities Calendar:
May 4 – HT Young Adults joining the Quists for “Hot Topics in May”
May 7 – Life Teen: “Playing House” with Paul and Carol Quist
May 9 – EDGE Wrap-Up Party at STA
May 10 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys
May 14 – Life Teen: “Sister Act” with Sister Mary
May 17 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Apostolic Project
May 18 – HT Young Adults joining the Quists for “Hot Topics in May”
May 21 – Life Teen: Social Night
May 24 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Year End Wrap-Up
May 28 – Life Teen: “Missionary Academy” with NET and PW Alumni
May 31 – Challenge and Conquest Leaders Wrap-Up

Special Announcements:
1. Interested in joining the youth choir that sings at 6pm Masses? Contact Dylan or James at the parish office!

2. Holy Trinity’s youth ministry has a Facebook page! Check out Holy Trinity Parish Youth Ministry on Facebook for info and to keep in contact.

3. Youth and young adults interested in volunteering to help at the Confirmation retreat on Saturday May 13 from 11:30-5pm are invited to contact Pam Steil at 780.960.0135 or psteil@trinitycatholic.net.

April 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Hello! Blessings to all of our youth and young adults this April! I hope all of the students enjoyed their Spring Break, and that all of our parish’s youth and young adults are well. There are many good things to come for our youth in April (hopefully Spring will be among them)!

March was a very full month for our parish: the beginning of Lent, our Parish Mission, and our 15th annual parish youth rally! We are very blessed to have a parish that is so supportive of youth ministry. Approximately 95 teens joined us for the HT EPIC Youth Rally. They listened to talks about the Saints, sang loud songs, and played really fun games. Finally, those same 95 teenagers joined our parish for 5pm Mass and later closed their day with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Afterward, we had a final praise and worship song in front of the altar:

As for this month, there is lots going on:

EDGE has two meetings this month – one at St John Paul II School and one at St Thomas Aquinas School. Our year of EDGE is almost over, as these two meetings begin to close our semester. EDGE has focused on the Creed this term, first talking about who God is, the creation of the world, and finally the creation of mankind. This month, we will be talking about suffering and evil, and after Easter we will talk about how God is victorious over sin and suffering!

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Clubs have three meetings this month, continuing their new series on making the world better. To that end, the Boys and Girls are working on a new project! For the rest of their club meetings, they will be bringing in articles on current events in the world that need prayer. We’ll be closing it all off with a prayer service!

Our parish’s young adult ministry group has been busy reading for the past two months! For the past few meetings we have been reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. We had great discussion on the book’s characters and their choices leading them to or away from Heaven. This month, we’ll be having a break from reading. HT Young Adults will be watching Hacksaw Ridge, a WWII biopic on Desmond Doss, who was awarded the Medal of Honour for his rescue efforts on the battlefields of Okinawa despite being a conscientious objector to the war and refusing to bear a weapon. In the following meeting we’ll discuss the themes brought up in the movie!

Life Teen returned from a two week break yesterday with a Life Night on discernment and the deaconate. Our very own Deacon Pat joined us to share his story of discernment and what the deaconate is all about. Life Teen will be taking a break from it’s semester on Vocations for the last two Sundays of April for a Life Night on a specific issue and a just-for-fun social night.

On April 8-9 Palm Sunday weekend, Life Teen will be having a THINKfast! The teens will fast from food for 25 hours, after raising money for Development and Peace! This retreat-like event will focus on both social justice and Jesus’ suffering as the teens enter Holy Week. If you’d like to help us reach our fundraising goal of $1000 visit www.devp.org/thinkfast/2009. Youth registration forms are available at the back of the church on the youth bulletin board.

April’s Youth Activities Calender:
April 2 – Life Teen: Discernment and Deaconate
April 6 – HT Young Adults on Hacksaw Ridge
April 8-9 – Life Teen THINKfast
April 11 – EDGE: “Bad News”
April 12 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys
April 16 – Easter!
April 19 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys
April 20 – HT Young Adults on Hacksaw Ridge
April 23 – Life Teen: Issue Night
April 25 – EDGE: “God Wins!”
April 26 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys
April 30 – Life Teen: Social Night

Special Announcements:
1. Interested in joining the youth choir that sings at 6pm Masses? Contact Dylan or James at the parish office!

2. THINKfast form and pledge collection sheets are available on the youth bulletin board at the back of the church. If you’d like to donate, check out www.devp.org/thinkfast/2009

3. I’m looking for an old youth rally shirt! If you have the t-shirt from Holy Trinity’s 2006 youth rally, Fire Factor, contact the parish office.

4. Holy Trinity’s youth ministry has a Facebook page! Check out Holy Trinity Parish Youth Ministry on Facebook for info and to keep in contact.

 

March 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Message from James:
As we begin March this year, we also begin the season of Lent! Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This month (which includes most of Lent), there will be opportunities for our parish’s youth pray and grow, including some fun youth ministry events!

First of all, the HT EPIC Youth Rally is on Saturday March 18th. It will be a Christ-centered day of music, games, Mass, Adoration, and Confession. Youth in grades 7-12 from Holy Trinity and other parishes from around the Edmonton area will be joining us for this huge event.

This year’s youth rally is actually the 15th annual Holy Trinity Parish Youth Rally. If you’ve every been in the youth office at Holy Trinity, you will have seen these:

These are the t-shirts from all of our parish’s previous youth rallies, all the way back to 2003 (except for one missing t-shirt, ironically from the first youth rally that I attended as a youth). Needless to say, there is a long history of youth rallies at our parish, and I am proud to be having EPIC on March 18th. So if you haven’t already, I encourage you to register! Forms are available on this website, on the youth bulletin board, and in the parish office.

As for the rest of our Holy Trinity’s youth ministry, our parish’s youth groups will be doing a lot this month. HT Young Adults will be finishing its study of The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis in its two regular meetings this month. As well, the young adults will be having a social meeting at the end of this month (date to be decided).

Due to Spring Break, there will only be one EDGE meeting in March. So far this year, EDGE has covered the Creed. In the previous EDGE meeting, we discussed the creation of humanity, male and female; March 14th’s EDGE Meeting is titled The Big Lie, and will deal with the fall of humanity.

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys will be starting a new series this month, their final one of the school year. The theme for their previous series was: Why is the World the Way it is? Challenge and Conquest’s next theme is a natural progression of the previous: How Can I Make the World Better? For the next five Club Meetings, the Boys and Girls will be tackling topics about their identity and value, and how they should treat other people.

This past month, Life Teen started a four-part series on Vocations. We were very blessed to be visited by some guest speakers for these nights – Brothers Michael and Donald OFM, and Fr Marc Cramer. This March will have the last two parts of the series. The first, Unexpected Gift, is a Life Night on marriage, in which we will be joined by Josh and Stef Gervais from our parish’s marriage prep team. Finally, we will close our series with Red Soldier, a night on our primary vocation, the Universal Call to Holiness. Life Teen will continue it’s semester on vocations with a few more Life Nights later in the year.

March ends with Spring Break, the parish mission, and penitential service, so there are less youth activities at the end of the month. Feel free to join us for these youth activities- and especially for the HT EPIC Youth Rally on March 18th!

March’s Youth Activities:
March 2 – HT Young Adults on The Great Divorce
March 5 – Life Teen: “Unexpected Gift” with Josh and Stef Gervais
March 12 – Life Teen: “Red Soldier”
March 14  – EDGE: “The Big Lie” at St John Paul II School
March 15 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys
March 16 – HT Young Adults on The Great Divorce
March 18 – HT EPIC Youth Rally
March 22 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys

Special Announcements:
1. If you want to volunteer at the HT EPIC Youth Rally, please email James at youth@trinitycatholic.net.

2. Interested in joining the youth choir that sings at 6pm Masses? Contact James at the parish office!

3. The Life Teen CORE Team is preparing for this year’s THINKfast on Palm Sunday. Stay tuned for this great youth event to start off your Holy Week!

4. The Lenten Soup and Study Evenings are on Friday’s in Lent. Youth too are welcome to join us for these parish events. Come on out!