For young men and women of high school age.
St. Catherine of Siena's JAM youth group will empower young men and women to live as disciples of Christ through service to others, fellowship in the Lord's name, and Christian Education. Our programs are fun, educational, and spiritual.
JAM youth group meets every 4th Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Viv Reese..... firstname.lastname@example.org
This year our youth group JAM (Jesus and Me- walking together) went on our second trip to the Steubenville Catholic Youth conference at Franciscan University campus in Ohio. We had 13 high school parishioners attend this inspirational and amazing weekend (this includes 4 new members). The weekend allowed students to be surrounded by thousands of other students all searching for meaning in their busy, hectic lives. The peace that they experience can be life changing, it shakes their faith, makes them think, and allows them to share their love and passion for Jesus so openly, and makes me hopeful for the future of our parish. Attending mass with these students, being welcomed daily by the student volunteers, music ministry team, priests, sisters, speakers, and deacons who attend from all over the country, who give of their time to celebrate mass, hear confessions all weekend and evangelize in a safe environment is very powerful to witness.
I appreciate the ongoing support of our pastor Father Rymdeika, our JAM team; Jocelyn and Erik Aaron, Angela Gallichio. They have supported these students as we continue to teach; mentor, inspire, and expose them to their faith through Jesus' teachings, and watch them develop a deeper connection with Jesus, and learn a greater responsibility and purpose as a member of our SCS family. Thank you for your continued prayers for our students of our parish, they are our future, and they need our prayers to stay the course, even when they feel great despair, or they fall short, Jesus loves them and sees their pain. My prayer is that our parish continues to embrace them when they become living witnesses of their faith.
We have students now lectoring, serving as extraordinary ministers, cantering, singing in the choir, volunteering at our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, ushering, and some soon to become adorers with Jesus in St. Catherine of Siena Adoration Chapel. Please continue to pray for us and welcome and encourage their efforts to become more visible and vibrant members of our parish, they are ready and they want to serve. Just last week before leaving for our trip to Steubenville, our JAM youth stepped into action when a call came in that we had little to no meals for our parish homebound. Students prepared meals to fill our freezer in our parish office that feeds our parish homebound all year round.
Please encourage your high school student to give JAM a try. It will only lead to great friendships, calls to service, and becoming living examples of Jesus through their deeds and actions.