Two upcoming Youth and family events you want to be part of!
Welcome to Youth Ministries. We serve hundreds of youth from grade 6 through High School with a wide variety of opportunities and programs available all year round. This vibrant and active ministry works with our young people by:
- Educating and forming in the Catholic faith, including scripture, sacraments, and morals.
- Cultivating spirituality, prayer, a sacramental life, and love of Our Lord.
- Providing a relaxed atmosphere including many planned activities for simple fun (and often crazy activities) with peers.
- Nurturing strong friendships and supportive relationships.
- Ministering to individual needs.
- Presenting opportunities for leadership and service.
- Supporting parents and families.
Adult Support for High School Ministries
With so many programs and activities offered for high school students, there are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for parents and other interested adults and young adults. Volunteers working with teens must be certified in the diocesan Safe & Sacred safe environment program. You must be re-certified every 3 years. Here is the link http://www.dol-in.org/online-safe-environment-training.
Assist with making sure teens stay safe and participate in the activities along with them if you’re willing. Chaperones are needed for IMPACT Nights, Social in youth area after Sunday RE classes, retreats and other various events throughout the year.
Service Project Coordinators
Organize a local service opportunity for teens.
Teach or help teach a Religious Education class on Sunday evenings. Should be a faith filled individual with knowledge of the faith and able to find answers to teens questions.
Religious Ed. Support Team
Sunday evenings help clean up after the Yak ‘N Snack, monitor the halls during class or sit in on the classes to provide assistance to the catechists.
Willing to assist at receptions, large meetings, special events with serving food, decorating, overseeing sign-ins, or cleanup afterward.
Organize and oversee Youth Ministry activities and/or trips small or large.
Assist in the youth ministry office during regular business hours. Make phone calls, make copies, file, create fliers, etc.
Willing to be available on a regular basis and visible to and willing to interact with teens at most high school activities. We need you if you like to have a good time with high energy youth and enjoy sharing your faith. (Expect to get back more than you give.)We hope to have a training program in place in the near future.
Core Volunteer Team Member
Meet monthly to discuss and help plan upcoming high school ministry activities. Must be willing to jump in and volunteer on a fairly regular basis.
Dead Theologians Society
“Through the Saints of Yesterday, the Dead Theologians Society inspires the youth of Today, to become the Saints of Tomorrow.”
St. Joan of Arc Youth Ministry formed a local chapter of DTS (www.deadtheologianssociety.com) a national Catholic apostolate early in 2008. Volunteers have transformed a room, now called “the crypt” in the Catacombs Youth Area .With paint, much creativity, old statues donated by parishioners, and many candles, the room is the setting for meetings. In this special atmosphere adult mentors present the life of a saint to students. Then quotes from writings of the saint are read and discussed by the teens and their mentors. The meetings also include intercessory prayer, a decade of the rosary, and prayer for the release of souls in purgatory.
DTS currently meets on the first Wednesday of every month during The IMPACT Night.
All high school students are invited to participate. After attending three consecutive or five non-consecutive DTS meetings, teens are inducted into the society and receive a black DTS hoodie embroidered with the motto, “Dead to the World, alive in Christ!” This is inspired by Romans 6:11 where St. Paul tells us to be dead to sin but alive in Christ Jesus.
High School Religious Education
The ministry staff and volunteer catechists take High School religious education very seriously. The program is open for all high school youth. Registration normally beings in July. High school classes meet weekly on Sunday evenings, September through May. Confirmation preparation is a 2 year program that normally begins with 9th grade and continues through the 10th grade. Those students, who have already been confirmed, are still encouraged to continue their education by attending classes appropriate to their school grade.
High School Juniors and Seniors, who have been confirmed, meet as one class. The advanced curriculum alternates each year. One year the overall focus is Catholic Apologetics (understanding and defending the faith) and the next year is “Navigating Life as a Faithful Catholic”.
Summer Religion classes are also offered for a combined high school and college students on Sunday evenings June through August.
High School Youth Council
A high school Youth Council was established in 2004. It is an extremely active group of high school teens interested in representing and serving their peers. They receive leadership training and many opportunities to practice it. The Youth Council’s primary functions include planning and leading IMPACT Nights, assisting with the primary planning and setup of The Call H.S. Retreat, and also evangelizing their peers.
Each spring, applications are taken for new members. Applicants must be in high school the following year and actively practicing their Catholic faith. New members are chosen through prayer and discernment and through information provided in their applications, an adult recommendation, and often a personal interview. Youth council members are expected to meet high exceptions including meeting every other week, participating in IMPACT Nights, RE classes year round, and as many retreat opportunities as possible. They agree to serve for at least one year but most reapply as long as they are eligible.
For more information, email Cindy at email@example.com or 765-457-9757.
IMPACT, the High School Youth Ministry Program, is extremely active and provides a variety of programs and activities including Religious Education and preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. While the entire High School Youth Ministry program is known as IMPACT, the gatherings held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Catacombs Youth Area are referred to as “IMPACT Nights”. Each week features a different theme or activity planned and led by members of the High School Youth Council for their peers. We’ve done some wild and crazy themes from “Gross Games Night” to “Hawaiian Luau” to “Summer Water Games” and our own “World Record Breaker Competitions”. On a more spiritual note, we have prayed in Eucharist Adoration together, learned about holy relics, and participated in Taize prayer.
IMPACT Nights are open to all high school students and their friends. No registration is necessary, just show up. Snacks are provided and there is no charge. The planned activities usually end about 8:30 p.m. and unstructured social time and the open game room continues until 9:30 p.m. Parents are always welcome to assist with chaperoning.
IMPACT Nights are not a substitute for the Sunday evening Religious Education program but are a supplement for High School students who want more involvement and fellowship.
For more information, contact Cindy McClure at 765-865-9967.
The Call Retreat
All high school teens and friends are encouraged to sign up now for The Call High School Retreat. At this fun and faith-filled weekend held right here at St. Joan of Arc, teens will hear inspiring and entertaining talks from a nationally known Catholic speaker; join in games; be entertained by skits; participate in Eucharistic Adoration, the Mass and Reconciliation; and be challenged to take a step deeper in their faith. This has been a life changing event for many teens over the past twelve years. This year’s keynote speaker is Doug Barry, a.k.a. RADIX. He uses humor, stories, Scripture, and the treasury of the Church, to teach, challenge, and motivate both teens and adult chaperones attending. Watch for a registration form/flyer mailing coming to your home soon!
We Need Adult Volunteers: Whether you can give an hour or two or the entire weekend, volunteers are needed for: chaperones, Saturday morning registrations, kitchen/food, first aid/nurse’s station, soliciting local businesses for donations, retreat set up, security and runners; tear down after the retreat, and more.
“The Call” is a dynamic annual two-day weekend retreat, open to high school teens of the Lafayette Diocese and beyond. The retreat is organized by SJA Youth Ministry and Youth Council and takes place at St. Joan of Arc, usually the last weekend of March.
Retreatants can expect to hear inspirational and motivating talks from a nationally known Catholic speaker brought in for the event. They also experience energy-charged and uplifting music, participate in breakout sessions, join in icebreakers and games, enjoy fellowship with Catholic friends, and of course take part in powerful liturgy including daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and the an opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation.
God has used this retreat to touch many teens in a special way. For some it has even been life-transforming. Much support from parishioners is needed to pull off an event of this size. As it gets closer watch the bulletin and this site for organizational meetings and ways you can volunteer a few hours or the entire weekend. Donations of food, paper goods, cash contributions to offer cover the cost of the retreat for students in need, etc are always appreciated.
Yak 'N Snack
Yak ‘N Snack is the light meal served to high school students and catechists before Religious Education classes meet on Sunday evenings. Students who do not plan to eat, should still attend as this is when important announcements are made each week.
The supper is provided and served by parents who usually form teams of two families to sign up for one or more weeks during the year. Some of the past menus have included pizza, baked potato bar, sloppy joes, sub sandwiches, pasta dishes, tacos or taco salads, pork barbeque sandwiches, chicken, spaghetti, etc. Dessert is usually cookies, brownies, cupcakes or sometimes fruit. Youth Ministry provides drinks and paper products and assistance with clean-up.
Knights and Squires of the Holy Maiden
The Knights of the Holy Maiden is a fraternity of high school age men who serve the Mass and special liturgical events. In addition, the Knights attend two yearly retreats in conjunction with the regional association, the Knights of the Holy Temple. They also gather for social activities and participate in special acts of service. There are also opportunities for leadership experience within the group.
The Squires of the Holy Maiden are middle school aged young men who want to serve and learn to do more to assist at the altar.
Both of these groups serve at Sunday Masses on a rotating basis and at special liturgical events.
For more information, please contact the parish office 765-865-9964.
Middle School Youth Group
All 6th through 8th graders are invited to participate in the Middle School Youth Group. Students normally meet twice monthly on Sunday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Students and chaperones gather first for a light meal provided by parent volunteers. Activities have included scavenger hunts, lively kickball games, a trip to the Fall Corn Maze, and much more. While at this age level the emphasis is usually more fun and games, students are also introduced to prayer and Catholic living and attitudes, all while building relationships with their peers. In May 2009 we launched our first Middle School Retreat. Quite a success, it is expected to be an annual event.
Middle School Youth Group is not a substitute for Religious Education class but rather supplements as an extra church activity. To attend youth group, students do not need to register but will be asked to read and sign a “Code of Conduct”. There is no charge to participate and they are welcome to bring a friend.
For dates or more specific information, watch the church bulletin or contact Cindy McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Parent Support
Parents and other interested adults—and even young adults are needed to help chaperone meetings and activities. Volunteers must be Safe & Sacred certified to assist in any way.
The parish sponsors scouting groups for all ages and for both girls and boys.
For information about:
Kevin Kincaid - 765-437-9001
Shelly Wyman - 765-432-0385
Brenda Huemmer - 765-210-0082
Leonard Baxter - 765-883-4786