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 2018- 2019
|Sundays||September 16, 2018 - May 19, 2019||6:00 - 8:00 p.m||Loft|
|"Stression" and Prayer for New School Year||Sunday||August 12, 2018||6:00 p.m.||Loft|
|"Purified" with Jason Evert||Wednesday||September 5, 2018||7:00 p.m.||St. Christine Parish|
|Men and Women United for Life's Fun Run/Walk for Life:||Saturday||September 29, 2018||9:00 a.m.||Canfield Fairgrounds|
|Service Project - "Sleep in Heavenly Peace"||Saturday/Sunday||October 6 & 7, 2018
October 20 & 21, 2018
|Diocesan Youth Convention||Sunday||November 4, 2018||TBA||St. Michael the Archangel in Canton|
|FIRE Overnight Retreat||Sunday - Monday||February 17 & 18, 2019||TBA||St. Jude Parish|
|Seder Meal||Thursday||April 18, 2019||4:15 - 7:00 p.m.||Kitchen/Hall|
|Good Friday Passion Reading||Friday||April 19, 2019||3:00 & 7:00 p.m.||Church|
|Mother's Day Carnation Giveaway||Saturday - Sunday||May 12-13, 2019||After All Masses||Gathering Space|
|Graduating Seniors' Mass & Brunch||Sunday||May 19, 2019||9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.||Church/Hall|
|Purple Cat Prom||TBA||May 2019||TBA||TBA|
|Ultimate Frisbee||Saturday||May 25, 2019||10:00 a.m. - Noon||St. Brenden Parish|
|Summer Youth Conference||Friday - Sunday||June 14-16, 2019||TBA||Franciscan University, Steubenville|
|Mission Trip||TBA||July 2019||TBA||TBA|
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)
Taking place next year in November 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 has yet to be announced. There will be no NCYC this November, as it alternates each year with our DYC, but registration begins almost a year ahead of time. Any interested youth who will be a high school student in November 2019 can be placed on a contact list now by calling or emailing Natalie Wardle.
Summer Youth Conference (SYC)
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 “Belong,” based on 1 John 3:1: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” 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 benefiting 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 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||April 19, 2019|