Second Hour Youth Group is open to anyone in grades 9 – 12 and also welcomes those in 8th grade on the weeks that they do not have Confirmation or after they have been confirmed. The Youth Group tackles a variety of topics from Faith, Social Media, World, and Fun. We meet on Wednesday’s in the St. John Youth Building (Old School) from 7:00-8:15pm.
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Check out the Second Hour Youth Facebook page for more info and to see upcoming events for this group! Second Hour Youth Facebook Page
For more information, contact:
Jessica West (Director of Religious Education & Youth Minister) at 419-782-7121 or 419-782-2776
NCYC 2021 – In a distinctly Catholic setting, the National Catholic Youth Conference invites participants to encounter Christ, experience church, and be empowered for discipleship. Occurring this November 18-20, 2021 in Indy, any Defiance Catholic youth in HS this Fall is welcome to register and attend this event. Contact Jessica West at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and more info will be available in May/June 2021.
Youth Elect Service (Y.E.S.) is a faith based service project for the high school youth of St. John and St. Mary Catholic Parishes. Fr. Eric once said, “The Y.E.S. project helps remind our youth that we are called to go out and share our faith in the community by making a gift of ourselves to those who are in need.”
This will be the 18th year for the Y.E.S. project! The dates this year are June 17-19, 2021. This weekend experience includes: attending Mass, receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation, traveling to area worksites, sharing their faith with other young Catholics, having fun, camping out, and putting their faith into action throughout our community.
At the worksites, the high school students complete various projects. In the past years, these projects have included: painting inside and outside, landscape work, various clean up jobs, built a carport and wheelchair ramp, tarring driveways, and even so much more.
This year, 40 youth from both parishes, including a few from St. Michaels Ridge/St Isadore participated in the Y.E.S. project along with the help of over 40 adult volunteers. Thirteen work sites were used with over 1,500 hours donated in service to the elderly, disabled, and needy of our parishes and the Defiance community. Fr. Randy says, “The bond which develops between the young people and the home owners who welcome them into their yards, their homes, and their lives is fantastic and really serves to strengthen both of our parishes. Crossing generational barriers is a powerful and practical step in teaching our kids the work of both justice and charity.”
SAVE THE DATE for YES 2021 – June 17-19!
For questions or more info, contact Jessica West at email@example.com