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REAL Youth Ministry: Respect ~ Engage ~ Accept ~ Lead

St. Francis High School Youth Ministry (grades 9 - 12)

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We don’t always have to figure everything out on our own. We have role models or people we look up to in most areas of our lives, so why not consciously identify those who exemplify the Gospel message? With that in mind, here’s your REAL Conversation for the week:

Who is someone you believe is truly living the Gospel and how can you follow their example?

Scripture Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

Denying oneself does not mean that we must go through life without joy or pleasure. But it does mean that we must be mindful of how and why we get that joy or pleasure. If we achieve feelings of joy and pleasure by putting the needs of others before our own, then we are probably well on our way to living a truly Christian life.

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Leadership Team Online Meetings

REAL Faith Online for High School Students

All high school students are invited to join us for REAL Faith Online – a web-based faith formation program consisting of short weekly lessons that you complete on your own, plus optional facilitated discussions once or twice a month via Zoom.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about the program, please check out our REAL Faith promo page:

REAL Faith Online: Respect, Engage, Accept, Lead

This year we’re learning about Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and social justice, Laudato Si’, with a program called “Caring for Our Common Home: Living Laudato Si’.”

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Empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today!

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NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all REAL Activities are now held online via Zoom! For info on how to join, please register to receive text messages: GET TEXTS
All in-person REAL Activities have been suspended until further notice.

Beginning in September of 2021, REAL Time Meetings will be moved back to Sunday nights, whether online or in-person.

REAL Time Online
Youth Group Meeting
Who: All teens grades 9 – 12
Date: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: Zoom info sent via text*

No REAL Events
Date: Sunday, September 19th

REAL Time Online
Youth Group Meeting
Who: All teens grades 9 – 12
Date: Sunday, September 26th
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: Zoom info sent via text*

REAL Leadership Meeting
Who: Leadership Team members
Date: Sunday, October 3rd
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: Zoom info sent via text*

REAL Faith Online
Who: All teens grades 9 – 12
Date: Wednesday, October 6th
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Register Online

No REAL Events
Date: Sunday, October 10th

REAL Time Online
Youth Group Meeting
Who: All teens grades 9 – 12
Date: Sunday, October 17th
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: Zoom info sent via text*

REAL Time Online
Halloween Party!
Who: All teens grades 9 – 12
Date: Sunday, October 24th
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: Zoom info sent via text*

No REAL Events
Date: Sunday, October 31st

REAL Leadership
Who: Leadership Team members
Date: Sunday, November 7th
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Place: Zoom info sent via text*

No REAL Events
Date: Sunday, November 14th

*For REAL Youth Ministry reminders, messages and Zoom meeting info:
Text @sfacym to 81010 or click here to join.

Stay tuned for more events, coming soon!
Or keep an eye on our full calendar @ KeepingItREAL.club!

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REAL Peer Ministry Team Online Planning:

Who: Teens & Adults on the REAL Leadership Team
Day: Generally the first Sunday of the month at 8:00 PM
Time: 60 to 90 minutes
Place: Zoom Meeting (invitation required)

Please contact Brandon Jubar if you’re interested in joining the team or if you have any questions about the REAL Leadership Team.

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We Are the Body of Christ

Youth Ministry is more than simply having fun meetings for teens. It is about integrating teens into the life, mission, and work of the community by building an environment of love, support, and appreciation for diversity.

It empowers youth to work for justice in real ways that exemplify peace and human dignity. It fosters leadership by affirming the diverse gifts, talents, and abilities of young people.

It celebrates and deepens young people’s relationship with Jesus Christ, awakening their awareness of the Spirit at work in their lives.


Keeping It REAL

The overall theme for our high school youth ministry program at St. Francis is “keeping it real.” We do this by respecting, engaging, accepting and living. These are the core values that create the framework we use to learn about and understand what it truly means to be disciples of Christ.

RESPECT is the foundation for everything that we do. We start by respecting each other. We respect our friends, our peers, our parents, all life, and all of God’s creation. If we can’t meet the challenge of showing respect, then we’ll fail the other three challenges!

ENGAGE is what we do in order to move ahead. We don’t disengage from life… we fully participate! We engage with each other and with the activities that are presented to us. We understand that the more of ourselves we put into something, the more we’ll get out!

ACCEPT is a word that’s easy to say but hard to live! We strive to accept each other as we are. We want to accept each other because of our differences, not in spite of them. We believe that God made us all unique and loves us all, so the least we can do is accept one another!

LEAD is the final challenge we give ourselves. The best way to share the Good News is to make it part of our everyday lives and lead others in doing the same. It has little to do with your position or title, and everything to do with how you model the other three values to others and use your influence to promote and achieve better outcomes for everyone.

When we start from a place of RESPECT, ENGAGE with the world around us, ACCEPT others as children of God, and then LEAD others in doing the same, we end up Keeping It REAL!


Here are some things we do:

REAL Time (currently REAL Time Online)

REAL Time meeting are the regular youth group gatherings. They are generally fun, with lots of community building, and center on a theme for the night. The themes are selected by the Leadership Team and the REAL Time gatherings are planned and led by the teen members of the Team. REAL Time meetings are usually scheduled twice a month.

REAL Fun (currently online “game nights”)

REAL Fun events are even more focused on building friendships and community, and they include things like all night lock-ins, potlucks & dances, movie nights, game nights and even bon fires!  All of these events are a fun way for teens to make new friends and get connected with our community here at St. Francis. And quite often, the friends they make will end up being friends for life!

REAL Faith Online

REAL Faith Online is a web-based faith formation program consisting of short weekly lessons that teens complete on their own, plus optional facilitated discussions once a month via Zoom. For the 2020-2021 school year, we’re celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, with a program called “Caring for Our Common Home: Living Laudato Si’.”

REAL Life

REAL Life events are those things that we do to help our program, our parish, and the communities in which we live.  These events include service projects, fund-raisers, and anything else that can have a real impact on the world around us.

REAL Leadership Team

The REAL Leadership Team is a group of teens and adults who have made a commitment to plan and lead the regular meetings and special events throughout the year. Team members are selected to serve for a year, beginning in September. Teens interested in participating on the Team can apply in August.

Membership on the REAL Leadership Team is for teens who feel called to take ownership for the life of their parish, school, or organization, but need help developing their skills. The team members learn foundational skills such as balancing leadership roles, understanding group dynamics, facilitating small and large groups, and how to exemplify the servant leadership that Christ calls us to. Members of the REAL Leadership Team plan and run the REAL Time gatherings and help with other special events and parties. When not running events, the team members help with ensuring that everyone who attends feels welcome and included as part of the community.

REAL Leadership Team planning meetings are generally held once each month and may include short training sessions. The Team completes the year with a one-day retreat and bonfire in the late Spring. All teens who successfully complete the program will be Certified by St. Francis of Assisi parish as a Peer Minister!

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“Dear young people, please, don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.”

~ Pope Francis, July 27, 2013 Youth Prayer Vigil at Rio

For more information on Youth Ministry, please contact Brandon Jubar below or call 540-273-0777

 

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