St. Catherine of Siena urged, "Be who you were created to be and you will set the whole world on fire." Through social, spiritual, educational, and service experiences, Ablaze aims at kindling the spark that will enable you to flourish as the human being you were created to be, living life to the full. High school aged teens meet weekly on Sundays to have fun and grow together, as well as challenge and support one another, while entering more deeply into a relationship with our Lord.
The Celebrate Team is composed of high school seniors aided by adult advisors and meets weekly from September through March. The Celebrate Program incorporates Scripture, faith-sharing, personal witness, and sacramental formation while inviting seniors into a deeper relationship with the Lord as part of a close-knit Christian community. The program culminates with a weekend retreat for juniors in March.
Facilitated by a team of high school seniors, the Celebrate Weekend is a special retreat designed for juniors only. A unique experience, this retreat nurtures a sense of community while creating an opportunity for all involved to enrich their relationship with the Lord.
Youth Ministry Calendar 2017- 2018
|Sundays||September 17, 2017 - May 20, 2018||6:00 - 8:00 p.m||Loft|
|Fall Retreat:||Sunday||September 10, 2017||10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Men and Women United for Life's Fun Run/Walk for Life:||Saturday||September 30, 2017||9:00 a.m.||Canfield Fairgrounds|
|The 13th Day Fatima Movie:||Sunday||October 8, 2017||4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||St. Dom's Parish Center|
|Youth Collaborative Savenger Hunt (The Amazing GRace):||Sunday||October 15, 2017||2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.||Begins at St. Charles|
|Leah Darrow Presentation: "From Top Model to Role Model"||Sunday||October 22, 2017||6:00 p.m.||Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Hall, Youngstown|
|CRS Helping Hands:||Saturday||November 4, 2017||TBD||Hall/Ministry Building|
|National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC): "Called"||Thursday - Sunday||November 16-19, 2017||Indianapolis, IN|
|Nursing Home Christmas Caroling:||Sunday||December 17, 2017||Vista Center|
|March for Life Trip:||Friday||January 19, 2018||Washington, D.C.|
|Movie Marathon Overnighter:||Saturday - Sunday||February 17-18, 2018||TBD||Ministry Building|
|Seder Meal:||Thursday||March 29, 2018||4:15 - 7:00 p.m.||Kitchen/Hall|
|Good Friday Passion Reading:||Friday||March 30, 2018||3:00 & 7:00 p.m.||Church|
|Mother's Day Carnation Giveaway:||Saturday - Sunday||May 12-13, 2018||After All Masses||Gathering Space|
|Graduating Seniors' Mass & Brunch:||Sunday||May 20, 2018||9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.||Church/Hall|
|LEAD (Leadership, Evangelization, and Discipleship) Program:||Monday - Friday||June 11-15, 2018||TBA||Franciscan University, Steubenville|
|Summer Youth Conference:||Friday - Sunday||June 16 - 18, 2017||Franciscan University, Steubenville|
|Friends of Appalachia Mission Trip:||Sunday - Friday||June or July 2018||TBD||Cumberland, KY|
Youth Ministry Volunteers
Youth Ministry Volunteers, ages 21 or older, assist the Coordinator of Youth Ministry with the Ablaze and/or Celebrate programs.
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
Taking place November 16 - 18, 2017, this pilgrimage will gather together approximately 25,000 Catholic teens from throughout the United States at the Indianapolis Convention Center and the Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting 3-day (plus a travel day) event of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers. This pilgrimage is an amazing opportunity to meet Catholic youth from all over the nation while learning more about yourself and your relationship to our Lord, Jesus Christ, through the Catholic Church. The theme for 2017’s NCYC is “Called.” If interested, contact Natalie Wardle.
Summer Youth Conference (SYC)
A unique weekend event designed to be a powerful encounter with our Lord, especially through the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, but also through the help of a terrific live band and engaging keynote speakers, this year’s Summer Youth Conference theme is “Elevate,” based on Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.” The SYC not only provides the inspiration to live our faith more fully and authentically, but also provides the practical tools we need to do so. Registration will take place the first week of November, so please contact Natalie Wardle before November for more information or to reserve your place!
Good Friday Passion Reading
Teens from the parish meet weekly during Lent to memorize and recite the account of our Lord’s Passion and Death according to the Gospel of John. The group then presents the Gospel at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. liturgies on Good Friday. This much-appreciated ministry to the parish is also an excellent opportunity for participants to grow spiritually as they enter more deeply into the mystery of our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection and reflect on what those events mean in their own lives. Contact Natalie Wardle if interested in this ministry.
|Day/Time||TBD||Church||Weekly during Lent|
|Presentation of the Gospel|
|Friday||3:00 & 7:00 p.m.||Church||March 30, 2018|