Registration is now open for the 4th annual Diocese of Hamilton Youth Rally! Many of us from St. Francis have attended over the last 3 years and had great experiences. The day includes fun and interactive “encounter experience” workshops, an awesome keynote speaker, live praise and worship music, lunch and dinner, Mass with the bishop, vendors, and more! Visit the rally website at www.hamiltondioceseyouthrally.com/ for much more info and check out the video below!
Date: Saturday, May 25 (all day)
Location: Bingeman’s Conference Centre in Kitchener
Age Group: Grades 7 – 12 (We are also looking for chaperones who are 18 or older)
Cost: $30 (Includes busing and meals)
Registration: To sign up, please return the forms in the link below to Wes at the parish office by April 30. Please note that workshops may fill up, so the earlier you sign up the better chance you have of getting into your first choices. For those who register before March 25, there will be the chance to win a great early-bird prize pack!
As we enter the season of Lent, here are a couple of resources if you’re looking for tips on how to make your Lent more meaningful or would like a little refresher on what Lent is all about!
You can also visit the Narthex to pick up a copy of “Together With Jesus” (a book of family activities for Lent) or “Lent One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens” (a Lenten devotional)!
Each year on one of the Friday evenings of Lent, youth from the parish lead our parishioners in the Stations of the Cross. The Youth Stations is presented in the form of a tableau, with actors playing the roles of Jesus, Mary, the disciples, soldiers, and others that Jesus encountered along his journey to Calvary. Readers also have an important role and lead reflections on Jesus’ experiences and how they relate to our own lives as we move from Station to Station.
THINKfast is a sleepover where participants learn about a particular social justice issue and spend 24 hours fasting from solid food as a reminder of those who are in need around the world. This year’s focus is forced migration and the refugee crisis. Lots of fun and interactive activities are included. Come out for a fun and faith-filled experience and learn more about this important issue and how you can help!
Our three youth groups are fun and interactive programs that strive to guide and support students in:
Each meeting night will include time for worship music and personal prayer in the church, sharing time in small groups, and a variety of other activities such as videos, games, crafts, drama, guest speakers, interactive prayer experiences, and opportunities for community service.
You can download flyer for each group, which includes meeting, locations, and more information, as well as registration forms, below.
For more information on Youth Ministry, please contact:
Wes Moga (SFX Youth Minister)