7th - 8th Grade: Discovery
Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 in the Youth Room (doors open at 6:30 for games and fun)
Discovery is a combination of teaching and active learning. All 7th - 8th grade youth are invited to come to the church and Discover something new. A team of high school students, college students, and adults will lead us on a Discovery of Fun, Friendship and Faith.
The goals of the Discovery Program are many: First, to help you take an honest look at your faith and to assist you in taking the next step closer to Jesus. Second, to develop a sense of community as you begin your time in St. Bart’s Youth Ministry. Finally, to begin your six years of instruction in the areas of faith, morality, worship, service, fun and sharing the Christian life.
9th - 12th Grade: YSN
Sundays from 7:00-9:00 in the Youth Room
High School Religious Education centers around Youth Sharing Night -YSN. The format is that of a faith sharing group. Each YSN begins with a time of worship, then some time to share about your life and faith. We end with food and fellowship. Pope John Paul II has said that “conversion happens when life and faith intersect”. YSN tries to help students connect the events of their lives with their growing belief in God. Each week has a different topic based on either the bible, a Church teaching, or a current event. Come see how big the youth group is and get energized in your faith. Jesus is doing some cool stuff with the youth in our parish. Come and see for yourself.
Youth Bible Study
Sunday Afternoon 4:00-6:00 April-August in the Youth Room.
This is a movie based bible study study for 7th-12th grade youth who want to understand more about the bible. Each week we watch part of a recent movie. We stopp the movie from time to time to discuss themes and see what the bible has to say about these themes.
Confirmation: We offer the Sacrament of Confirmation every year for students in 11th grade and above. The next class begins August 22nd.
Baptism, First Communion and First Reconciliation: We also offer classes for 7th-12th grade students who are not baptized or have missed First Communion and/or Reconciliation.
For more information about sacraments contact Eric Hernandez
Regular Events we do every year:
Canoe Trip to San Marcos. Each May we float the San Marcos river. We camp in tents and cook on an open fire. It is a fun trip for all high school students (and 7-8 graders if their folks come too)
National Catholic Youth Conference OR Region X Conference: This is a conference with thousands Catholic youth from all over the USA. These weekends will be filled with music, games, workshops, Mass, nights in a hotel and tons of fun.
Confirmation Ceremony for everyone in the parish: Come and pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon this year’s candidates. The Mass will be at 4:00 pm in the Church. Candidates and their Sponsors should arrive at 2:00 for rehearsal. A reception will follow the ceremony.
Summer Mystery trips for 7th-12th graders: Throughout the summer St. Bart’s youth group will go someplace “strangely fun.” Meaning the place will be strange and fun… duh! All you do is show up at church at the appointed time, the rest is a mystery. All trips will be $20.00 or less. Parents who want to know where we are going ahead of time can call Jeff or Philip. But please keep the secret!
Camp Ft. Worth: This is a week long service camp. Each day we will experience a different work site (examples are Salvation Army, Food Bank and others). We stay the week at a school or parish in the diocese and serve in the agencies that are in that community. Each evening we will have free time, small group time, and prayer time. There will be 100 other youth and adults from around the diocese there. Don’t miss this.
DCYC - The annual Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference: There are separate tracts for Jr. High and Sr. High youth. What to expect: 600 - 700 Catholic youth and workshops that help you grow in your Catholic faith. TWO night’s stay in a hotel, key note speaker, music by Catholic musicians, all meals except dinner Saturday night, dance, coffee house, swimming, and Mass.
Co-Ed Softball: All 7th - 12th graders. We practice at the church at 2:00 Sunday’s starting in June. We practice in preparation for a one day tournament August 2nd with the other Catholic churches in the diocese.
Discovery Retreat For 7th - 8th graders: This will be an over night retreat. Last year was the first one. It’s theme was I call you friends. The discovery team conducts the retreat. What to expect: Fun, Games, Prayer, Worship, Sharing, and Faith Growth.
Come & See Retreat For 9th - 12th Graders: This is the annual spring high school retreat. Each year has a theme. Past themes have been The Voice of God, Suffering, Pray All-Ways, The Meaning of Life. On these weekends away we take a look at the theme through games, small group sharing, prayer, song and spending time in nature. We have college students come back to staff small groups.
Paradox Café: This is something we do in the winter. We drink coffee and Hot Chocolate and ponder the paradox’s and the theology of our faith.
Lock-in’s for 7th-8th and 9th-12th Graders with other Catholic churches at parishes, sports clubs, and other fun places.