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

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!

February 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Message from James:
February is here! As January ends, our high-school students finish their first semester of the school year, and our parish’s youth ministry finishes off it’s first semester as well. Now, the busy and exciting second half of our ministry year begins, full of new themes and huge events!

Life Teen endeavored to help our high-schools students through their exam week with our Stressbuster nights, which were quite successful in the de-stressing department. During the first night, we had board games and video games to let the teens have a night of fun and Mario Kart racing! The second night was equally effective, but in a far messier way. Our Messy Games night gave our teens the opportunity to finger paint with condiments, bob for chocolate coins in whipped cream, and more. The winning team (the Valkyries) were awarded a special honor that included shaving cream and a youth minister’s face.

This month, Life Teen will be starting it’s new semester on Vocations! February will include the first half of another Life Night series titled Unsettled. This series will focus on four vocations: consecrated religious life, priesthood, holy matrimony, and the Universal Call to Holiness. Guest speakers living out these vocations present to our teens on their vocation. Brothers Donald and Michael OFM will be joining us for a night on consecrated religious life, and Fr Marc Cramer will join us to speak on the priesthood!

EDGE will be having a Valentine’s Day themed meeting this February 14th, along with continuing its theme on creation and the existence of God. This month, we’ll be talking about the Final Creation – Humankind. The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys are also partway through their series on “Why the World is the Way it is”. February’s Club Meetings will pose questions about suffering and the purpose of the Church! Both the boys’ and girls’ series’ will end with an apostolic project, right before the beginning of Lent.

Challenge and Conquest will also enter February on a sad note. Our Challenge Girls Coordinator, Desiree, will be leaving this month to study at the Catholic Discipleship College in Auckland, New Zealand. We all wish her well in her travels and thank her for leading the Challenge Girls Club here.

As said last month, HT Young Adults will be having a book study! In January, we preluded our book study with a discussion on Heaven and Hell, since we will be reading and discussing The Great Divorce by CS Lewis this February.

Finally, February marks the time to start SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS about the HT EPIC Youth Rally on March 18th! February 24th is the date to register if participants want one of the gorgeous t-shirts that will be given out that day. Otherwise, registrations are open up to and including the day of the rally. The cost to go is $45, which covers all the food and fun. These lovely people will be presenting!Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join us for this epic day (yea, that was a pun). Check out the HT EPIC Youth Rally page for all the details and the registration form!

Please continue to pray for our parish’s youth and youth ministry.

February’s Youth Ministry Activities
February 2 – HT Young Adults
February 5 – Life Teen Semester Two KICKOFF
February 8 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys
February 12 – Life Teen: “Grateful Beggar” (with Brs Michael and Donald)
February 14 – EDGE Valentine’s Day Social
February 15 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys
February 16 – HT Young Adults
February 19 – Life Teen Social Night
February 22* – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys Apostolic Project
February 26 – Life Teen: “Abundant Sacrifice” (with Fr Marc Cramer)
February 28 – EDGE: “The Final Creation”

*The date of Challenge and Conquests Apostolic Projects may change within the week of February 22.

January 2017 HTYouth Newsletter

Message from James:
Happy New Year! I hope that this year’s Christmas break has been a joyful and restful for all of our parish’s youth and their families. As the New Year begins, so does Holy Trinity’s youth activities, which I am here to share with you!

This past December was filled with Christmas busyness, with the Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys Christmas Party and the Christmas Carol Singalong, in which the Youth Choir played “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” à la Barenaked Ladies and Sara McLachlan!

As for this month, Life Teen will be starting up again by finishing its semester on Social Justice. We’ve discussed human dignity, mercy, materialism, and much more this year so far. We’ll be finishing it all off with “Brother’s Keeper”, a Life Night on the Common Good. After that, our high-school students will be moving into exam time (I’m sorry I said the “E word”), so we’ll be doing our best to relieve their stress and give them a break from studying. These “stressbuster” nights are a bit of a tradition, and are only one hour long.

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys will be beginning their next series, that will take them all the way until Lent, and ending in another Apostolic Project. EDGE will also be continuing its theme on “Existence”, exploring who God is and the Creed. We’ll be at SJPII on Tuesday Jan 10, and STA on Tuesday Jan 24!

At the start of our first HT Young Adults meetings, the myself and the  young adults attending wanted a group that can have many different activities, including discussions on topics relevant to them, videos, and speakers for other specific topics. With that in mind, the HT Young Adults will be having a book study for a few weeks starting this January. I am very excited to have a group for our parish’s young adults that can be variable for them. Please keep praying for the success of this group and all of Holy Trinity’s youth ministry efforts.

January’s Youth Ministry Activities:
January 10 – EDGE at St John Paul II School
January 15 – Life Teen: “Brother’s Keeper”
January 18 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys
January 19 – HT Young Adults
January 22 – Life Teen: Stressbuster!
January 24 – EDGE at St Thomas Aquinas School
January 25 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys
January 29 – Life Teen: Stressbuster!

Special Announcements:
The Holy Trinity EPIC Youth Rally is on Saturday March 18! Youth in grades 7-12 from our parish and parishes in the Archdiocese of Edmonton are invited to join us for an awesome day! Pure Witness Ministries will be leading the rally, including our very own Elijah Jodoin who is on their retreat team this year. Check out the poster and registration form on the youth board at the back of the church!


December 2016 HTYouth Newsletter

Message from James:
November has quickly come and gone! After a full month of youth activities this past month, including mini-golfing and board games, this upcoming December has more fun promised for our parish’s youth.

This past November, Life Teen finished its series on mercy. For those Life Nights in November, we talked about divine-mercythe works of mercy and the Divine Mercy Message. As the Jubilee Year of Mercy ended, our “Misericordia” series ended (fittingly) with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I’m very thankful to Fr Joselito for joining us for that night!
In December, we will be continuing our semester on Social Justice as we approach Christmas break, with Life Nights on creating a culture of life globally and being stewards of creation.

So far this fall, EDGE has focused on the Creed, discussing God and Faith. Our last EDGE meeting before Christmas break will be a gingerbread house making party at St Thomas Aquinas School! The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys will also be having a Christmas party this month at St John Paul II School, with snacks, sledding, and skating! Before that however, they will be having their first Apostolic Project of the year. The Girls and Boys have been preparing for a trip to the George Hennig Senior’s Home, where they’ll have the opportunity to visit with the residents there, present skits, and play games.

Finally, our newest youth ministry effort, HT Young Adults, went to the West Edmonton Mall for mini-golfing and appies this November. I look forward to continuingimg_2228 to build community among our parish’s young adults, doing many more activities like this.

Holy Trinity’s youth ministry activities will continue until our Christmas break. There are less youth specific activities this month; but please check out Holy Trinity’s other advent activities, like the Advent Penitential Service on Wednesday Dec 14 and the Christmas Carol Sing-Along on Sunday Dec 18.

December’s Youth Ministry Activities:
December 1 – HT Young Adults
December 4 – Life Teen: “Global Village”
December 7 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys Apostolic Project
December 11 – Life Teen: “On Loan”
December 13 – EDGE at St Thomas Aquinas School
December 15 – HT Young Adults
December 21- Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys Christmas Social

Other Important Stuff to Know:
1. SAVE THE DATE! The Holy Trinity Parish Youth Rally will be on Saturday March 18th from 10am to 9pm. The cost to attend is $45. It is a day of talks, skits, food, games, Mass, Reconciliation, and Adoration. I’ll be shouting about this event a lot more in the months to come.
2. If you or your child hasn’t submitted a permission form for Life Teen, please do so before the next Life Night.
3. There is an awesome speaker, named Chris Stefanick, coming to Good Shepherd Parish in Edmonton on Thursday December 8th at 7pm. While it isn’t a youth specific event, I encourage any youth and other parishioners from our parish to check it out. Tickets are $25.

If you have any questions, suggestions, stories, or jokes, you can contact James at the parish office or by email at

November 2016 HTYouth Newsletter

Message from James:
Hello Holy Trinity Parishioners, welcome to November!challenge-girls-cornmaze This past month has included many fun adventures for our parish’s young people. The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Clubs had a fun (albeit muddy) trip to the Edmonton Corn Maze, (seen here —->)
and on October 14-16, Life Teen held its Fall Retreat “Timeless”, at Camp Encounter, (see the group photo of the teens that went on retreat <—–here!)img_2177-good-one

The Life Teens have been focusing on Mercy this past month with a four part series titled “Merciful”, which will be completed this month.

As for activities this month, Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys will be finishing off their series asking “What is God like?”, HT Young Adults will be going bowling together, and Life Teen will be finishing their series on Mercy. Check out all of the dates for this month’s events below!

November’s Youth Activities:
November 2 – Challenge/Conquest Leaders Meeting
November 3 – HT Young Adults
November 6 – Life Teen: “Filled First”
November 8 – EDGE at St Thomas Aquinas
November 9 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys: Was Christ Real?
November 13 – Life Teen: “Trust”
November 16 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys: Is the Bible true?
November 17 – HT Young Adults
November 20 – Life Teen: Social Night
November 22 – EDGE at St John Paul II
November 23 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys: What’s Mary’s role?
November 24 – HT Young Adults Bowling at Ed’s Rec Room
November 27 – Life Teen: “So Much More”
November 30 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys: How do I talk to God?

Special Announcements:

  1. If you or your child has not completed a registration form for Life Teen, Challenge Girls, or Conquest Boys, you must do so before the next meeting. These waivers are required for youth to participate.
  2. If you are interested in helping with Holy Trinity Parish’s youth ministry, please contact James at the parish office: 780.960.0135, or by email:


October 2016 HTYouth Newsletter

cropped-HT-Logo.jpgOctober is here! As the new year progresses into October, our youth ministry gets into the swing of things. All of our current youth ministry programs will have started after Thursday October 6, with the beginning of HT Young Adults.

This group for adults aged 18-35 will be a varied activity. Some weeks we could have a bible study, or a guest speaker on a specific topic relevant to our young adults. Whatever we are doing, the goal is to provide an opportunity for young adults to continue forming their faith and build community with their peers at our parish. There’ll be monthly social activities for the group as well.

Along with this group, all of our other ministry programs will be continuing through the fall. This past September, Challenge and Conquest kicked off their year with a giant game of “Human Hungry Hungry img_1900-2Hippos” (Seen here!————>)  As well, the first EDGE meeting started at JPII school, and Life Teen has starting its semester on Social Justice.

Upcoming this month are more activities for Holy Trinity’s youth, including Life Teen’s “Turkey Shoot!” (in which the teens chase leaders dressed as turkeys with Nerf guns), and trip to the Corn Maze with Challenge and Conquest, and the Life Teen Fall Retreat, titled “Timeless”.

October’s Youth Activities:
October 2 – Life Night: “Protect This House”
October 6 – HT Young Adults
October 9 – Life Night: “Turkey Shoot!”
October 11 – EDGE at STA (ECSRD students only)
October 12 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys Club Meeting
October 14, 15, 16 – “Timeless” Life Teen Retreat
October 19 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys: Edmonton Corn Maze Trip
October 20 – HT Young Adults
October 23 – Life Night: “Misericordia”
October 25 – EDGE at JPII (ECSRD students only)
October 26 – Challenge Girls/Conquest Boys Club Meeting
October 30 – Life Night: “Work the Work”

Special Announcements:
1. Holy Trinity’s youth ministry still needs some more volunteers! The Challenge Girls Club is in need of adult leaders, and the Conquest Boys need more high-school-aged Team Leaders. These two different roles in the Challenge/Conquest Clubs are different and important – with adults bringing a supervisory element, and Team Leaders working as role models for their younger peers.

2. If you haven’t submitted a registration form for Life Teen, Challenge, or Conquest, please do so ASAP. These forms are required for youth to participate in youth programs.

September 2016 HTYouth Newsletter

cropped-cropped-HT-Logo-e1465515087648.jpgMessage from James:
Hello! I hope that everyone had a fun and restful summer. As we begin this new school year, I wanted to post the first of Holy Trinity’s HT Youth Newsletters. Hopefully, this will be a great way for our parishioners to keep updated on what is going on with Holy Trinity’s youth ministry! Each monthly newsletter will have a little calendar with dates to know, and special announcements (like the one about the LifeTeen Fall Retreat!) I’d like to add more to these throughout the year.

For the beginning of the year, however, here is a little run-down on all of our youth groups starting up this fall:
Life TeenWho? Youth grades 9-12. When? Sunday nights from 7 to 9pm, after the 6pm Mass. Where? Holy Trinity Parish, in the youth room or parish hall.
EDGE – Who? Students grades 7&8 at St John Paul II and St Thomas Aquinas. When? Generally every other Tuesday from 3:30 to 5pm. Where? Alternating between St John Paul II and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.
Challenge and Conquest – Who? Girls and boys (respectively) in grades 5-8. When? Wednesdays (except the first Wednesday of each month) from 6:30 to 8pm. Where? Both groups are at St John Paul II School.
HT Young Adults – Who? Adults aged 18-35. When? The first and third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9pm. (We’ll be starting in October.) Where? Holy Trinity Parish, in the youth room.

Come check oimg_1835ut these groups! There’s going to be a lot of fun stuff going on (like last year >>>)As always, thank you so much for your support of Holy Trinity’s youth ministry, especially in prayer.

***If you want to volunteer in Holy Trinity’s youth ministry efforts, in any way, please contact James at the parish office. Effective youth ministry cannot happen in our parish without volunteers.***

September’s Youth Calendar:
Sept 18 – Life Teen Kickoff
Sept 21 – Challenge and Conquest Leaders Meeting
Sept 24 – Challenge and Conquest Leaders Day Retreat
Sept 25 – Life Night: “Social-Light”
Sept 27 – EDGE at St John Paul II
Sept 28 – Challenge/Conquest Kickoff

Special Announcements:
The Life Teen Fall Retreat is on Oct 14, 15, and 16 at Camp Encounter! Registration forms are due back to James by September 25. You can find a link to the registration form at the youth bulletin board,
and here: Life Teen Fall Retreat 2016 Permission Form.