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 2019- 2020
|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|
|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
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.
Diocesan Youth Convention (DYC)
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.
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)
Summer Youth Conference (SYC)
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||April 10, 2020|