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.

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Natalie Wardle
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
330-758-0375
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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.

Celebrate Weekend
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.

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Natalie Wardle
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
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Ablaze Sessions:

Sundays September 8, 2019 - May 17, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m Loft

 

Celebrate Team Formation:

Wednesdays September 4, 2019 - May 11, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 p.m Loft

 

Special Events:

3rd Annual "Stression" and Prayer for New School Year Sunday August 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. Loft
Beginning of the Year Meeting for Teens & Parents Sunday August 25, 2019 6:00 p.m. St. Matthew Room
Dan DeMatte Presentation on Marriage & Family for Parents Sunday October 27, 2019 7:00 p.m. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Hall
Service Project - "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"   October 2019 TBA TBA
National Youth Conference Thursday - Sunday November 21 - 24, 2019 7:00 a.m. Indianapolis, IN
Celebrate Senior Team Overnight Friday - Saturday TBA TBA Ministry Building
FIRE Overnight Retreat Sunday - Monday February 16 & 17, 2020 11:00 a.m. St. Jude Parish
Celebrate Weekend Retreat Friday - Sunday March 13 - 15, 2020 8:00 a.m. Ministry Building
Celebrate Weekend Followup Meetings Wednesdays March 18 & March 25, 2020 7:00 p.m. Hall & Loft
Seder Meal Thursday April 9, 2020 4:15 - 7:00 p.m. Kitchen/Hall
Good Friday Passion Reading Friday April 10, 2020 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. Church
Mother's Day Carnation Giveaway Saturday - Sunday May 9 - 10, 2020 After All Masses Gathering Space
Graduating Seniors' Mass & Brunch Sunday May 17, 2020 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Church/Hall
Purple Cat Prom TBA May 2020 TBA St. Nicholas Hall, Struthers
Celebrate Picnic Wednesday May 27, 2020 6:00 p.m. TBA
Ultimate Frisbee & Holy Hoops Event Saturday May - June 2020 TBA St. Brenden Parish/St. Charles Parish
Summer Youth Conference Friday - Sunday June 11 - 13, 2019 TBA Franciscan University, Steubenville
Laudare Saturday July 18, 2020 12:30 p.m. St. Dominic Parish Center

 

Youth Ministry Volunteers, age 21 or older, assist the Coordinator of Youth Ministry with the Ablaze and/or Celebrate programs. All volunteers will attend a formation session to be in compliance with the Diocesan Childhood Protection Policy.  To offer your time and talent, call Natalie Wardle.  

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Natalie Wardle
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
330-758-0375
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Teens from throughout the Diocese will gather on November 4 at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Canton for the 2018 Diocesan Youth Convention.  The day will include Mass, keynote address by Jesse Manibusan (a teen favorite and nationally-known presenter in Catholic Youth Ministry), a number of workshops, hands-on learning, fun activities, and opportunities to meet hundreds of Catholic teens from around the Diocese.  The DYC takes place every-other year, alternating with the National Catholic Youth Conference.  This year’s registration deadline will be late September/early October.  If you are interested in participating in the DYC with the St. Charles Youth Group, contact Natalie Wardle in the Youth Ministry office as soon as possible.

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Natalie Wardle
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Taking place November 21 - 24, 2019, 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 three-day (plus a travel day) event of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers.  This biennial event includes general sessions, keynotes, and workshops presented by the top Catholic speakers, musicians, and performers in youth ministry, as well as opportunities for daily Mass, reconciliation, and special activities.  There is also a thematic park, which is a unique venue blending fun and games with exhibits, service activities, vendors, and interactive educational activities.  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 2019’s NCYC is “Blessed. Broken.  Given.”  Registration for the NCYC has already closed, but any interested youth who will be a high school student in November 2019 can be placed on a waiting list by calling Natalie Wardle at 330-758-0375 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should a spot open up. 

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Natalie Wardle
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A unique weekend event designed to be a powerful encounter with our Lord, rooted in the Sacraments and aided by praise and worship music as well as engaging keynote speakers, this year’s Summer Youth Conference theme is “Restored.”  The Franciscan University Summer Youth Conference is in some ways similar to our Diocesan Youth Convention and the National Catholic Youth Conference, which take place in alternating years, but it is also distinct from each of those experiences and is offered every summer.   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.  Approximately 2,500 youth will gather together at Franciscan University for the conference we’ll be attending; however, by the time the summer is over, there will be four more youth conferences hosted on the main campus and several others at various sites around the nation, meaning that tens of thousands of Catholic youth will be benefitting from the powerful encounter with Jesus Christ that these conferences provide.  Registration will take place the first week of November, so please contact Natalie Wardle at 330-758-0375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before November for more information or to reserve your place!  

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Natalie Wardle
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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.

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Natalie Wardle
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One-Hour Practices      
Day/Time TBD Church Weekly during Lent
Presentation of the Gospel      
Friday 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. Church April 10, 2020