HT Youth Newsletters

June 2018 HTYouth Newsletter

Happy June! With June comes graduations, year-end parties, and the beginning of summer! HTYouth will be wrapping up our main youth programs for the year in June. Don’t worry, we’ve got some great stuff to keep youth involved this summer!

LAST MONTH
May was such a busy month, we didn’t even get a newsletter out! We had two of our parish youth programs wrap up for the summer, and ran some big and fun activities with the remaining groups.

The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys both wrapped up in May, but not before they completed their final apostolic service projects of the year. The Challenge Girls spent time in their meetings for the past while making rosaries. For their project, they prayed with those rosaries together with their dads.

The Conquest Boys supported the seminarians at St Joseph’s Seminary for their project, by bringing a pile of notes and prayers to them, from our parishioners. For their project day, the Boys visited the seminary and got a tour from our parish’s very own Jake Mullin!

Both the Boys and Girls had a fun evening of goodies and games for their Year-End Wrap Up. We look forward to seeing them again in the fall! We had our last Junior High Mega Night of the year in May as well. A whole pile of grade 6,7&8 youth joined us from SJPII, STA, and the parish for a night of chicken wings, Nerf wars, and prayer.

As for Life Teen, the high-schoolers joined us for a campfire at Chickakoo Lake and started a life night series on Mary, which we’ve continued into June. This Immaculata series has been an opportunity to learn about Christ and His Church through the lens of Mary, His mother. We’ll be finishing that series this month of June.

THIS MONTH
So far this June, Life Teen has been trucking through its Immaculata life night series. We’ve learned about Mary the New Eve, Mary the New Ark, and Mary the Tabernacle of the Lord. Our final night in the series is on Mary the Queen of Heaven. We’ll be talking about Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, and the choices we make toward them. We’ve got a night all about choices for the teens, starting right at the beginning of the night!

As all things must come to an end, Life Teen will be wrapping up this month as well. After our series on Mary, we’ll have a Stress-Buster night for the exam stressed teens. We’ll end at 8:30pm, rather than 9pm, so that the teens can get some sleep. Life Teen has a classic messy games night prepared, with a slew of great messy contests. The hot pepper eating contest is making a come-back, along with some new games to challenge our teens’ courage and taste-buds. There will be baby food, paint, and too many t-shirts for one person to wear (even though we’ll try our best to fit them on one person).

After messy games comes the final life night of the year. We’re bringing back some Life Teen favourites, including the popular obstacle course tournament! Plus, there will be hotdogs! What more can we say? Grade 8 youth are invited to attend Life Teen for the remainder of the year, to get a preview for themselves in the fall!

In other news, HT Young Adults will be completing their Hot Topics study this month. They have two more meetings before they “break” for summer. And by “break” we mean start a Lord of the Rings movie study. This and more activities are planned for our youth this summer. Check out the announcements below for all of that info!

JUNE YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
June 3 – Life Teen: Dwelling Place
June 7 – HT Young Adults: Hot Topics
June 10 – Life Teen: Eternal Crown
June 17 – Life Teen: Messy Games!
June 24 – Life Teen: Year-End Wrap Up
June 28 – HT Young Adults: Hot Topics

JUNE ANNOUNCEMENTS
HTYouth’s Summer Ministry Activities! Join us for fun and fellowship this summer!
Sunday Fundays:
Who? Youth going into grades 7-12 and recently graduated youth. too.
When? July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th from 3:30-5:30pm
Where? Holy Trinity Parish
What? Afternoons of fun for all! We’ll have a water fight, movie afternoon, and more!

Ultimate Frisbee:
Who? Anyone
When? Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm
Where? Jubilee Park
What? Drop in Ultimate Frisbee games for youth of all ages! There will be Frisbee and slushes. what more could you ask for?

Life Teen Unleashed:
Who? Teens in grade 9-12
When? Wednesday afternoons from 12-1:30pm
Where? Holy Trinity Parish
What? Life Teen’s Unleashed Discipleship Groups are for mature teens searching for a way to become better disciples of Christ, and learn how to evangelize better. We’ll spend time talking and growing together.

HT Young Adults Lord of the Rings Movie Study:
Who? Adults aged 18-35
When? Friday evenings from 5:30-9:30pm (six sessions, starting July 6th)
Where? Holy Trinity Parish
What? HT Young Adults will be having some movie nights, alternating between watching The Lord of the Rings (extended editions, of course) and discussing the religious lessons to be learned in them. We’ll eat and watch/talk!

April 2018 HTYouth Newsletter

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

‘Nuff said.

LAST MONTH
Coming out of Lent in March and into Easter was a build up of so much activity turning into peace. It’s like driving up a big hill and reaching the top to see the horizon; or hiking a mountain to reach the top and see the beautiful landscape. Lent has been building, and Easter is the top of the mountain.

This was certainly true for March’s youth activities. Life Teen‘s Vigil Retreat and the Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Stations of the Cross project had a lot of build up throughout Lent, and both of them were beautiful successes.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Stations of the Cross was a project they’d been preparing for a while. The youth were joined by their families as they lead prayer for each of the stations. This project was a “living” Stations of the Cross, and for each station the Challenge and Conquest kids presented a still silhouette tableau behind a sheet. They worked hard planning and preparing their scenes, and used them in a beautiful way to lead prayer.

Life Teen’s Vigil Retreat also had a lot of build up, and not just from the planning perspective. The teens shared in our excitement as we continually invited them to join us for the big night. There was a lot of joy and relief when fifteen teenagers successfully stayed awake for a whole night of games, prayer, and reflection. We began with Exposition at 6:15pm, and ended with Benediction at 8:15am. Ask the teens, and they’ll tell you they had loads of fun! Fr Joselito was able to bookend our retreat, and gave his congratulations to our youth for the challenge they accomplished.

THIS MONTH
From the top of the mountain, you can see the road ahead! April marks the beginning of the end, as we have just a few more months in the ministry year. Don’t worry, there’s a lot more excitement ahead of us!

Challenge and Conquest will be starting the last series of their year this month. For this last series the Boys and Girls will be asking: What Does it Mean to be Catholic? In the Club Meetings answering that question, the Boys and Girls will also each be preparing for another project! There will be more information on those two projects coming out soon.

In our other groups, there will be another Junior High Mega Night in April as well, meaning there will be another fun opportunity for youth in grades 7&8 to come to the parish hall and learn about God’s covenant’s throughout history! HT Young Adults will be having a variety of activities for their next few meetings. Their April 5th meeting is a time to share Easter joy over cookies and milk. The future of HT Young Adults will be decided shortly, but it will always mean lots of time for fellowship and formation.

With Lent complete, Life Teen is continuing its semester on the Person of Christ, beginning with [Censored] a life night series on the “controversial Jesus”. Our culture has a perception of Jesus, which many times decides to cut or censor aspects of His identity. Since Jesus is the full revelation of God, we need to fully understand who Jesus us – even the parts that make us uncomfortable! All of our life nights in April will be devoted to this series. We’ll look at Jesus’ relationship with the poor and outcast; as well as Jesus’ identity as the Divine Healer, persecuted Christ, and Christ the King.

Of important note, Life Teen on April 8th will be at 4:30pm, following the Divine Mercy Sunday Chaplet and Mass at 3pm. Come pray for Divine Mercy with the parish and join us for Life Teen afterward!

Finally, the World Youth Day Pilgrims are going to be having a BBQ Lunch and Auction fundraiser on Sunday April 22nd, from 12pm to 4pm. There will be food, entertainment, and an opportunity to support Holy Trinity Parish’s WYD Pilgrims (by getting cool stuff, no less!) Look out for more announcements about this exciting event!

APRIL YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
April 5 – HT Young Adults
April 8 – Life Teen: Beggar (at 4:30pm)
April 11 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
April 15 – Life Teen: Exorcist
April 18 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
April 19 – Junior High Mega Night
April 19 – HT Young Adults
April 22 – WYD BBQ Lunch & Auction Fundraiser
April 22 – Life Teen: Criminal
April 25 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
April 29 – Life Teen: King

APRIL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Life Teen’s Spring Retreat is on May 11th-13th at OLVC. Forms and information will be posted on the youth bulletin board very soon!

Check out HTYouth’s Remind to receive messages and reminders straight to your mobile device! It’s easy to get connected. Text the code corresponding to the group you want to (289)270-0882. Life Teen:@bbcckh; Challenge/Conquest:@c94e38; HT Young Adults:@24ee6

March 2018 HTYouth Newsletter

A little late to the punch, here is March 2018’s HTYouth Newsletter! As we continue the season of Lent this March, we will be working to draw our parish’s youth closer to God, and to the beautiful gift that He’s given us in His Son.

LAST MONTH
As February has now completed, it is with much excitement that we share what our youth did last month, and what we have to look forward to in March!

The beginning for February seems so long ago! Life Teen kicked off its  semester  with a gigantic game of Quelf. We turned part of the parish hall into a big game board for it, and watched the teens doing silly games and tasks all the way through it! Life Teen began its new theme on The Person of Christ by focusing first one how we know that God exists, and that Jesus was a real figure in history. After that, they enjoyed the snow as they went sledding and skating at Spruce Grove Central Park.

Challenge and Conquest had two Club Meetings in February, beginning their nights for this season of Lent. The boys and girls learned about Confession, God’s mercy, and the difference between justice and mercy. Our Junior High Mega Night in February also focused on Lent, with it being the day after Ash Wednesday. Our small group reflected on Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, and the Church’s call to fasting, prayer, and alms-giving.

Finally, Holy Trinity’s 16th Annual Parish Youth Rally was a huge success! We were joined by youth from around the Edmonton area, with a total of 104 youth at the event. Fr Mario led us in reflection, calling the youth to do something beautiful for God and “Go and do likewise,” (Luke 10:37).We spent our day playing games, eating great food, and participating in Confession and the Mass. We finally ended our day with those 100+ youth and young adults adoring our God in the Holy Eucharist. Mission accomplished.

THIS MONTH
As for March, there are more opportunities for our youth and young adults to pray and grow this Lent. (Even with the events we’ve already done in this first week!) As we continue the season of Lent in March, many of our youth activities will be focused on the “reason for the season” – prayer, fasting, and alms giving.

HT Young Adults enjoyed some fellowship for their first meeting of the month. They will be having another meeting on Thursday March 22nd, with an opportunity for service and prayer as a young adult community. We’ll be doing our last meeting for Lent as it should be done! Holy Trinity’s Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Clubs will also be doing special service for Lent, as the Boys and Girls are preparing for their Lenten apostolic project on March 28th. This project is a “living” Stations of the Cross presentation for our families and parishioners. We will pray through the Stations of the Cross together at St John Paul II School, with the Boys and Girls presenting a silhouette tableau for each station.

There is another Junior High Mega Night this March. There will be games and fun, with the added bonus of learning more about God and His covenants! Youth in grades 7&8 are welcome to join us!

Life Teen has two life nights in March, with one past already. We are continuing our semester on the Person of Christ with Puzzled, a night on the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity and Emmanuel, a night on Jesus’ Incarnation and Hypostatic Union. With Puzzled already complete, the teens are looking forward to “Christmas in March”! We’ll have a Christmas tree with lights and presents, and delicious Christmas cookies. Since Emmanuel is our night on the incarnation, celebrated at Christmas, it just made sense. And who can say no to Christmas cookies! (Unless you gave up sweets for Lent…)

Life Teen will be doing something very special for Lent, as well. For this Palm Sunday, Holy Trinity’s Life Teens will be having their second ever Palm Sunday Vigil Retreat. We will be staying up all night praying and playing, and focusing on Jesus’ passion and death. The idea is for our youth to begin their Holy Week with intention! The teens will be living up to Jesus’ challenge to “Stay awake and pray…” (Mt 26:41), as the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout the night.

Holy Trinity’s parishioners can join us in our prayer,too, since we’ll be starting our retreat with an Adoration holy hour directly after the 5 o’clock Mass. Youth, if you are interested, check out the registration form here: http://htyouth.ws/life-teen/life-teen-retreats/vigil-retreat-2018-registration-form/

All of our youth activities will be taking a break at the end of Lent. There is nothing we could do with our young people that would be better than what our Church celebrates at Holy Week and in the Triduum. We encourage all of our youth and young adults to attend these beautiful Masses. Check out the youth events calendar to make sure you don’t miss the events we are planning for this month!

MARCH YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
March 1 – HT Young Adults
March 4 – Life Teen: Puzzled
March 15 – Junior High Mega Night
March 18 – Life Teen: Emmanuel
March 21 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
March 22 – HT Young Adults
March 24-25 – Life Teen’s Palm Sunday Vigil Retreat
March 28 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Apostolic Project

ANNOUNCEMENTS
There will be no youth events during Holy Trinity’s Parish Mission from March 11th-14th. Check out the presentations by Fr Mario Fernandes OCD at the church!

Check out HTYouth’s Remind to receive messages and reminders straight to your mobile device! It’s easy to get connected. Text the code corresponding to the group you want to (289)270-0882. Life Teen:@bbcckh; Challenge/Conquest:@c94e38; HT Young Adults:@24ee6

February 2018 HTYouth Newsletter

One month of 2018 is complete! If the months go by this quick, we’ll be finished 2018 in no time. Don’t worry, there are a lot of youth activities in store this month and ahead. We always make the time count!

LAST MONTH
Take last month for example: It may have seemed to go by quickly, but there were many fun youth events that were enjoyed!

Our parish’s young adults had two meetings in January, covering the first half of their book study. HT Young Adults has been reading GK Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, and will continue to do so for this month as well. The book turned out to be an interesting one, with fantastical chase scenes, interesting characters, and much to think about! We have certainly found that its sub-title ,”A Nightmare”, certainly makes sense!

Challenge and Conquest have also had a full month, as Club Meetings started the week students were back to classes. Our month was spent focusing on the question: “How do I have a relationship with God?” We were especially asked how we can know God when we can’t “see” Him. The answer to answer that question: the Sacraments! The kids talked about Reconciliation, Mass, and Adoration last month, and even had time to talk about Mary and the Rosary too!

Life Teen finished off its first semester in January, with The Feast, a life night on the Book of Revelation and the Mass. The night gave a great opportunity to focus on the importance of the Mass in our faith, and of reverence while in church.

The teens had “Stressbusters”  for the other two life nights in January, helping them relax during their exam weeks. The teens had loads of fun playing Minute to Win It games on January 21st! They moved cotton balls with their noses, blew ping-pong balls up tables, and kicked their shoes onto tables. In the photo example here, teens transported skittles by sucking them up with a straw: 

The teens enjoyed their “prize” even more, when they all had the opportunity to put whipped cream in their poor youth minister’s face. And hair. And nose. Yes, I do have video evidence.  Between Minute to Win It and the board game night the following week, the teens had loads of fun, there’s no doubt about that.

THIS MONTH
Onto February, our promise of a full month looks to be able to come true! As mentioned already, HT Young Adults will be finishing their book study this February. We’ll have one of our super fun Junior High Mega Nights this month, as well.

Since Lent begins on Wednesday February 14th (yes, that is also Valentine’s Day), Challenge and Conquest will be starting their Lenten series’ this month. Beginning on Wednesday February 21st, the Boys and Girls will be asking what Lent is, why mercy is important, and why Jesus had to die for our sins. For this Lent Series, they’ll be building up to a special apostolic project in March (more on that later)!

Life Teen will be starting its new theme as well this month. We’ll be kicking off the new semester on the Person of Christ with a giant board game of “Quelf”, followed by an opportunity to submit questions about Jesus that will be addressed in the semester. Following that will be a life night all about the existence of God and the historicity of Jesus. It seemed apt to begin a semester on the Person of Christ with a night about how we know He is real! We’ll talk to the teens about arguments for the existence of God, and equip them for discussion in a secular world of atheism. The last life night of the month will be a winter fun night at Spruce Grove Central Park. The Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys had so much fun with it in December, that it seemed like a great idea to take the older teens out for some fun in the snow as well!

With all of those groups’ meetings, it looks to be such a full month. But there’s more!

The 16th Annual Holy Trinity Parish Youth Rally, Something Beautiful for God, is on Saturday February 24th! This day looks like it will equally as full as this entire month is set to be! There will be presentations by Rev Mario Fernandes OCD, from Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre. There will be Mass, Reconciliation, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. And if all of those beautiful things were not enough, there will also be food, music, games, skits, and so much fun to be enjoyed!

Our parish’s grade 7-12 youth will be joined by others from Edmonton and across central Alberta for this amazing day. Registration forms are still available, and the t-shirt deadline has just been extended, giving youth more time to submit their forms and receive a t-shirt! Otherwise, registration is open up to and including the day off the event.

So there, I think we proved it! February is set to be a huge month for our parish’s youth and young adults. As we prepare for and enter Lent this month, know that we are praying for our young people! I hope to see them join us this month. Check out the ministry dates below:

FEBRUARY YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
February 1 – HT Young Adults: The Man Who Was Thursday Chapters 9-12
February 4 – Life Teen: Semester 2 Kickoff!
February 11 – Life Teen: The Existence of God and Jesus
February 15 – Junior High Mega Night
February 15 – HT Young Adults: The Man Who Was Thursday Chapters 13-15
February 18 – Life Teen: Winter Fun Social Night
February 21 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
February 24 – Holy Trinity Parish Youth Rally: Something Beautiful for God
February 28 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting

ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you/your child is missing any registration forms for any youth ministry programs, please complete and return them as soon as possible.

Check out HTYouth’s Remind to receive messages and reminders straight to your mobile device! It’s easy to get connected. Text the code corresponding to the group you want to (289)270-0882. Life Teen:@bbcckh; Challenge/Conquest:@c94e38; HT Young Adults:@24ee6

January 2018 HTYouth Newsletter

Happy New Year! And, since we are still in its season, Merry Christmas!

As Holy Trinity Parish returns from the holiday break, the youth office as well begins preparing for the many youth activities set for this month. Check out our January Newsletter for info on what we’re up to this month… and beyond!

LAST MONTH
First, however, we’re going to take a retrospective look at last month (and now last year). Stores may have boxed up all of the Christmas items, but since the liturgical season of Christmas is not yet finished, there’s no harm in looking back for us.

Challenge and Conquest took their Christmas joy to the Spruce Grove Central Park this December. The beautiful lights, skating, and hot chocolate set a wonderful scene for their Christmas party. The Boys’ and Girls’ enjoyed skating, games in the park, hot dogs, and each other’s company in a fun evening before Christmas. The mayor of Spruce Grove stopped by on the way to the arena to say hi and take a photo!

The grade 7&8 youth at the December Juniour High Mega Night enjoyed some Christmas fun as well, making ginger-bread bible scenes. They enjoyed games and learned about the importance of Christmas!

HT Young Adults also had a Christmas social night, with a potluck dinner and music. The young adults had lots of food, sang songs together, and enjoyed some community together. One of our regularly attending young adults, Jeremy, brought a surprise for everyone to try: a virtual reality game system! Young adults had an opportunity to strap on the goggles and “go to another world”. It was interesting to have your senses immersed in something completely different, though you could still hear the giggles of the others while you ran around the room.

Life Teen had a busy December, finishing up its Alive and Dangerous life night series. Three of the four nights in the series were in December; there were nights on the substitutes and counterfeits to love, and on the life of one living for love. In Counterfeit, our life night on the counterfeits to love, we had a romantic, candle-lit dinner. Teens had the opportunity to debate which is the best love song ever, and learned about the misconceptions the world has on romantic love.

In the next, and final life night of the series (and year!), we discussed the life that is lived for love. Dangerous, a night on holiness, encouraged the teens to live a life that is holy and therefore dangerous to the status quo. The teens had a lesson on St Stephen, who gave a testimony in the face of persecution, and wrote their own testimonies to be able to share when they found opportunities to.

THIS MONTH
Life Teen will complete its semester on Sacred Scripture this month in a fitting way. The life night, titled The Feast, is on the Book of Revelation and will cover some of the many points brought up in it. We’ll particularly discuss the importance that Revelation puts on the Mass. Ending with the Mass, one of our young people’s main sources of Sacred Scripture, seems like an excellent way to end a semester on the Bible!

For the rest of the month, Life Teen will be having its classic Stressbuster Nights! As with every exam time, (Sorry! I said the E-word…), Life Teen will make its goal to give teens a break from studying and relieve some exam stress. Both of those nights will end a half hour sooner than usual, to get the teens home in time for a proper sleep before any exams they may have. Join us for both of those strictly fun nights!

Between the Book of Revelation and exam prep, the teens will be doing lots of reading this month. They won’t be the only ones, though! HT Young Adults will also be doing some reading this month with their book study of GK Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday. Our meeting in December introduced the book, and the Christmas break has given our young adults time to read up. We’ll be starting discussion on the first four chapters in our upcoming meeting, so there’s definitely time for anyone to join us!

Challenge and Conquest will also have fun things to do in January! The Boys and Girls will be starting a new question and answer series for the three weeks of club meetings in January. The grade 7&8 youth also have another Juniour High Mega Night to look forward to this month, on the fourth Thursday of the month rather than the third Thursday. Youth are encouraged to check out both of those groups this month!

Finally, the time is now approaching to start SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS about our upcoming Holy Trinity Parish Youth Rally on Saturday February 24th, 2018. Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to Something Beautiful for God, a full day of faith, fun, food, and more at our parish. Our speaker for the day is Father Mario Fernandes from the nearby Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre. Our parish has had a youth rally now for 15 years already, inviting youth from around the Edmonton area to join us. This 16th year is no different and is shaping up to be a great event for our youth to check out.

As with this and all of our youth activities, check out the youth board for forms and information!

JANUARY YOUTH ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
January 11 – HT Young Adults: The Man Who Was Thursday Chapters 1-4
January 14 – Life Teen: The Feast
January 17 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
January 21 – Life Teen: Stressbuster
January 24 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting
January 25 – Juniour High Mega Night: God’s Covenant with Abraham
January 25 – HT Young Adults: The Man Who Was Thursday Chapters 5-8
January 28 – Life Teen: Stressbuster
January 31 – Challenge Girls and Conquest Boys Club Meeting

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Youth Rally! Check out the information above, and grab a form from the youth board at the back of the church!

If you/your child is missing any registration forms for any youth ministry programs, please complete and return them as soon as possible.

Check out HTYouth’s Remind to receive messages and reminders straight to your mobile device! Check out the information on the youth board on how to get connected. Text the code corresponding to the group you want to (289)270-0882. Life Teen:@bbcckh; Challenge/Conquest:@c94e38; HT Young Adults:@24ee6

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!