YM News updated October 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Youth Ministry Events
(See all events at the Youth Ministry Google Calendar: https://goo.gl/aX3fRN
Pairing up with Other Parishes for Events such as:
St. Luke Parish Youth Mass & High School Youth Group - Every 3rd Sunday of the Month - 10/21, 11/18 - 5pm-7:30pm
Other events/trips such as trips to Feed My Starving Children, trips to Our Lady of the Angels for their mobile food pantry (first Saturdays of the month in the morning), Vespers services at the Monastery of the Holy Cross (Friday/Saturday evenings generally about once a month) - all trip dates TBD
High School Boys Basketball Church League - Registration is due on Monday, October 29 at the Parish Center. Practices will start in early November and games will start in early December and run through the middle of March. Church League Registration: http://bit.ly/2018-2019-boys-hs-church-league-2IBomvS Permission slip: http://bit.ly/2019-Church-League-permission-2Oun24l Info Sheet: http://bit.ly/Church-League-Info-2QZ6hLh
The Confirmation Vigil, for Candidates and Sponsors, is on Friday, October 19 from 7pm-8:30pm in the Church. Parents are welcome but not required.
There are two Confirmation Masses in the church on Saturday, October 20 at 10am and 2pm. We ask that the Candidate and the Sponsor arrive in the Pine Room 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Families and parishioners are welcome to the Masses.
Holy Fire Regional Youth Event
The Holy Fire Regional Youth Event is on Friday and Saturday, October 26-27. This is an event that combines music, inspirational speakers, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass into an exciting and spiritually moving experience. It is open to all students in 6th-9th grades. Portions of the Confirmation class are going on both days. If you wish to attend and aren’t in the Confirmation class, please contact Matt Goto.
St. Mary’s Domestic Violence Awareness Committee and Riverside-Brookfield High School are partnering to offer a free screening of the documentary Screenagers on Tuesday, October 16 starting at 7pm at Riverside-Brookfield High School. From the Screenagers IMDB description: “Screenagers explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction and offers solutions to help kids find balance.” For more information or a trailer on Screenagers, check out its website: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/
High School Youth Group
Come have fun learning about God with High School teens from Ascension! This group meets 2-3 times a month on Sunday evenings following the 5pm Mass. We explore our faith in hands-on, enjoyable ways that helps us become better friends and disciples of Jesus. This is open for all high school aged teens. We are also looking for adult volunteers who enjoy spending time learning about our faith with high schoolers. Please contact Matt if you are interested in checking this out or would like to help in some way.
Looking for Chaperones and Volunteers
Please consider being a volunteer or chaperone with Youth Ministry. There are all kinds of ways that you can help with or without spending time with the youth. For example, we are looking for parishioners to be in a prayer group to help support the youth through prayers or to volunteer to send a care package to a starving college student. We are also looking for parishioners to help with a more of an active/hands-on role. If you feel a calling to support Ascension’s Youth Ministry in some way, please contact Matt and together we can figure out the best way for you to serve!
ASP Trip 2019 - July 20 - 27!!!!
Planning for this years ASP Trip is under way and we are looking forward to another fun filled service trip making homes warmer, safer and drier.
For those that don't know, each year we take a group of teens and adults and spend a week repairing family homes. This past July, 168 people spent a week in West Virginia and Kentucky. The week is a chance for us to serve those who have a real need for the help....what we get from them is a chance to live and experience our faith in a different way.
The application forms are all on the Youth Ministry site (http://ascensionoakpark.com/parish/mission-trips) Please be sure to turn in both the appropriate form (teen or adult) as well as the ASP Registration sheet as we need both of them filled out. The deadline is October 22. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Follow AYM on Facebook: Ascension Youth Ministry and Twitter: @ascension_op_ym. Contact Matt Goto to RSVP or get more info: 708-434-1555 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go here for a more complete calendar of events
Ascension Youth Ministry consists of teens and adult volunteers and provides opportunities for service, faith formation and social activities. Its signature events – among many – are the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and Youth Group meetings where we learn to bring our faith into our lives.
Ascension Youth Ministry’s (AYM) mission statement is: “a voyage of hope (from Confirmation forward) to anchor teens into a life-giving Eucharistic faith.” Why?
How is all this done? Through events offered monthly (or more!); Leadership opportunities (Peer ministry and ASP teen leaders); Retreats and lock-in’s; Social events; Service events & Mission trips; & prayer opportunities.
For more information, please contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Matt Goto.
On Saturday, April 21 the Austin community of St. Angela School welcomed an amazing crew of Ascension adults and teens to help build a beautiful green space where once stood only abandoned buildings. Thanks to the ASP leadership efforts of George Lyons and Paul Kraft, and a deeply embedded call to service that is the hallmark of Ascension Parish, this team helped us make great strides toward the transformation of our campus.
We prepared three large garden areas for planting; we built a retaining wall to prevent erosion; we moved four cubic yards of compost and twelve tons of cobblestone and probably another two of pebbles and sand; we constructed six Gabion benches and one thirty feet long Gabion wall. We moved slabs of marble, slabs of flagstone and kept nine wheelbarrows in constant motion.
It was wonderful for me personally to work with old friends—and the children they have raised to help others. I am proud to be part of a parish that rolls up its sleeves, and now to know that my connection to that parish was the impetus for their presence in a community that needs them so much.
On behalf of all of us at St. Angela – faculty, staff, boys and girls – thank you. We are profoundly grateful for your friendship.