Comprehensive Youth Ministry Program Offerings at Church of the Holy Family
Baccalaureate: Held in June of each year at Twp. High School, Youth Ministry representatives and the Pastor attend the baccalaureate ceremony at Twp. High School and The Pastor offers a blessing or words of encouragement.
Back Pack Drive: Youth collect back to school supplies by parish donations and then sort and pack backpacks according to lists provided by Cathedral Kitchen, Ronald McDonald House and Robins Nest. Backpacks are delivered and distributed to youth in need thru the above organizations.
Bible Study: Held in the youth lounge 1 night a week for 6 week sessions in the fall and spring. A Youth Ministry Leader guides the group and youth follow a guide book and discuss.
Birthday Blessings: Youth in 5th-12th grades who are registered members of the Parish or participate in youth ministry events and activities receive a Birthday card around their birthday.
Cathedral Kitchen Meal Program: Held 1 Saturday of each month, 6 highs schoolers and Youth Ministry Leaders travel to and serve lunch to guests at the Cathedral Kitchen. A lunch stop on the way home provides the opportunity to discuss the service experience.
Coffee House: Held the 1st Sunday of each month from September thru April at the Aquin Center. Youth gather in age groups with designated leaders to participate in games, pray and discuss a topic based on the liturgical year timing. Coffee House drinks and snacks are served after.
Community Dinners: Held the 3rd Sunday of each month from September thru March at the Aquin Center. Youth come together for dinner and an activity. The activity is based on the time of the year and takes into consideration current events and latest interests. A parent volunteer team shops, prepares, serves and cleans up the meal.
Community Connection: Held the last week of June, a week long intensive service week modeled after the Diocesan Summer in the City Program. The week focuses on the principles of Catholic Social Justice. Youth gather from 8am-8pm to plan, discuss and learn thru workshops, pray, attend mass, prepare meals, perform community service within a 25-mile radius and spend time growing and bonding as a young church. Past volunteer sites have included The Cathedral Kitchen, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Farm,Cardinal Village, Voorhees Pediatric Center and Manna. A 15 passenger van is rented and driven by the Lead Team for Community Connection. 10 spaces are offered and participants pay a fee of $100.
Fundraising: Held through the year, Youth work together to help raise funds to offset program expenses. Bake sales, car washes and dine out nights have been the most successful.
Grief Support: Teens receive cards on the condolence of a parent or family member passing and a card on the anniversary of the passing. Invitations are sent to the yearly All Souls Mass on 11/1. A six week support group is available if the need arises which is led by specially trained Youth Leaders. Youth Ministry keeps abreast of current happenings and responds as needed in correlation with theschools and parents.
Hearts of Fire: A joint program between the Religious Education Office and Youth Ministry Office to offer a hands on approach to 7th and 8th grade religious education classes. Students gather for class 1 night per week and in place of books hands on activities, discussions and prayer/faith experiences comprise the class. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Held on MLK Day, Youth gather for breakfast, daily mass, a workshop on Dr. King and the connection to his beliefs and our faith beliefs and a service activity.
Monzo Madness: Youth Ministry adult volunteers and The Rock@Twp. host a 2am Grilled Cheese party at Twp. High School on MLK weekend as a way to connect with the student body during their annual all night dance-athon for ALS. Area parishes donate the supplies needed, coordinated by the Youth Ministry Offices of The Rock Youth Leaders.
PB and J Club: Youth gather from 10am-11am on alternating Saturday mornings at Holy Family to prepare peanut butter sandwiches for the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, NJ. The gatherings begin with prayer and information on Cathedral Kitchen’s Mission. The youth work at group tables and share supplies. The participants each bring 2 loaves of bread and smooth pb or squeeze jelly. YouthMinistry provides table covers, sandwich bags and spreaders. A group of parents lead these meetings and monitor supplies. Another group of parents alternate for delivery of the sandwiches to Camden, NJ. Deli Days are offered during the year for those with peanut allergies.
Pennies For PJ’s: Held on Ash Wednesday, 7th and 8th Grade Youth collect spare change and combine it to purchase pajamas for foster children in Gloucester County thru Robins Nest Agency in Glassboro, NJ. Teaming with Target, youth visit Target for a celebratory atmosphere, pizza party and shopping experience. Target donates $100, decorations and pizza and gives youth use of their break room and a dedicated check-out lane. Youth present the pajamas to a Robins Nest representative at the close of the night.
Play Books: Adds are placed in the 3 middle schools and 1 high school fall and spring musicals showing support and offering congratulations from Youth Ministry.
RCIAT: Right of Christian Initiation Adapted For Teens: Designed for high school students who have missed religious education classes and or converting to Catholicism. The classes meet on the same schedule as the adult RCIA program and cover the same nightly topics, but in a youth friendly way. Participants receive the Sacraments as deemed in each youth’s individualized faith formation plan.
Rock at Twp: The 3rd Chapter in the Diocese of the Camden, Catholic After-school Program, students meet at Twp. High School alternating Thursdays for prayer, topic discussion, community building and connections about parish life and opportunities. The Rock has student elected officers that help facilitate meetings and student participation. The Rock at Twp. is a 3 parish collaborative of the 3 Catholic Parishes in Washington Township which include Holy Family, St. Charles Borromeo and Sts. Peter and Paul. The 3 parish Youth Ministry leaders/representatives work together to plan topics and take turns hosting snack and supplies. A faculty member at Twp. High School acts as the liason between the school and the Youth Leaders.
Ronald McDonald House Family Meals: Youth Ministry Families choose an available date from a list provided to shop, prepare and serve a meal to the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ. Families receive an information folder and a gift card to purchase groceries. The grocery gift cards are provided by a grant thru the state of New Jersey for Youth serving organizations. A Youth Ministry Adult Volunteer coordinates the folders and schedules the families.
Rosary Group: Meets on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-7pm in the Youth Lounge. Youth gather to pray the rosary with a Youth Ministry Leader and then enjoy community time.
Social Media: Accounts are updated daily on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Remind101
Spring Retreat: Held from Friday thru Sunday evening, youth gather together to spend time in prayer, discussion and community building based around a theme that connects with the Diocesan Youth Congress held on Sunday. Youth provide their own transportation to the retreat. Participants pay a fee to help offset the weekend expenses.
Middle School Summer Service Day: Held 1 day during the summer, middle school youth in 6th-8th grades are invited for a day of faith sharing, hands on service at a nearby service site and community building.
Summer Sunday Nights: Held various Sundays from June through August, Youth gather in their age groups with designated leaders for summer fun activities, prayer and community time.
Teen Giving Tree: During November and December, youth purchase gifts for teenagers at Robins Nest programs in Glassboro, NJ.
Vacation Bible School: Held each July, a week long structured program offering activities for infants and moms through high schoolers focusing on a faith theme. A theme is chosen from Groups publishing and then volunteers are work in their programs to create the VBS program. An extensive leadership and volunteer program is offered for youth and adult volunteers. A nighttime program is held for all 6th-12th graders with the VBS theme and separate team of young adult volunteers. VBS has been lovingly deemed the Super Bowl of Youth Ministry.
Winter Snow Tubing: Held each February, youth spend a day together snow tubing at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA. Area Youth Ministry programs join together. A chartered motor coach is taken and attendees as well as parents pay the snow tubing fee.
Youth Rally: Held on the 3rd Sunday in May at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Youth enjoy a day of rides and fun with other Catholic Youth from the State of NJ. The day includes a lunch buffet and ends with Mass in the amphitheater. The Mass rotates thru each Diocese and the Mass is celebrated by the different Bishops. A chartered motor coach is taken and attendees as well as parents pay the ticket admission fee.
Julie and the Youth Team at Holy Family Youth Ministry
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