Ice Cream Social
Parish Picnic Volunteering
Nursing Home Visit
Halloween Candy Collection for Holiday Express
St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Basket Sorting
Embrace Children’s Foundation Party
Parish Pasta Dinner
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Souper Bowl Collection
Living Stations of the Cross
Diocesan Youth Celebration
This event occurs at the beginning of the school year (usually mid-September) and provides incoming 8th graders with an opportunity to meet current youth group members and find out more about what the youth group does. All incoming 8th graders and teens interested in joining the youth group are encouraged to attend! Outdoor games are usually played and, of course, there’s ice cream!
Youth group members usually volunteer for a wide array of positions at the Parish Picnic. Among those include face painting, serving food/drinks, organizing games for the younger kids and working the youth group table. This event gives the youth group a chance to interact with the larger church community and serve others.
Every year around Halloween the youth group dresses up and visits the elderly at Care One nursing home. The residents there love the youthful spirit the youth group brings along and loves looking at everyone’s costumes! Activities done with residents in the past include bingo and group sing-a-longs.
Usually occurring at a meeting in October, youth group members are asked to bring in their Halloween candy to be sorted and donated to needy families in the area through Holiday Express. This is a great opportunity for service hours and time talking with friends!
Working with the St. Vincent de Paul group, youth group members go to the church early one Saturday morning before Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and help unload baskets of food brought in by parishioners. Sorting food and carrying the baskets out to the receiving families are also jobs performed by many members. This service experience is a great way to help out those in need in and around the area.
This event for the Embrace Children’s Foundation takes place at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ during Christmas time. Youth group members dress up as elves (costumes provided) and help make the day magical for the many kids in the hospital battling cancer. As elves, the youth group is responsible for ushering Santa in, giving out gifts, and playing with the many kids at the event.
This is a major fundraiser for the youth group. Members are asked to stay after Mass one Sunday in the winter and sell poinsettias in the Father Sheg Center. Help is also needed the day flowers are delivered.
Every year the youth group takes a trip into New York city during the Christmas season! Activities in the past have included: visiting the tree, seeing the Radio City Christmas Show, walking around Bryant Park, having lunch at Dave and Buster’s, going to Madame Tussaud’s, visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not, visiting the Catholic Worker’s Mary House and attending Mass in the city.
This give-back to the Parish community is lots of fun! Each year the board members decide on a theme (themes in the past have included Disney, Western and Dr. Seuss) and the rest of the group helps plan a great event for many families in the parish. Members are needed to serve food to the many tables, sell tickets after Mass and decorate the night before. Have a great idea for a theme? Get in touch with a board member or an adult!
Every other year the youth group does their annual Flamingo Flocking fundraiser. (To see a tutorial about the event click here!) The group splits into teams and under the cover of night goes to an assigned house and places flamingos on their lawn. The flock is left there overnight along with a bag explaining the operation. In order for the person who was flocked to remove the flamingos from their lawn, they are asked to make a small donation. The next night, the team goes back to the house (again at night) to remove the flamingos and goes on to flock another house. This is a continuous cycle, as usually the flocked family wants to then flock one of their friends. In past years we have raised over $1,000 for various organizations. For the 2013 year we will be raising money for the Embrace Children’s Foundation whose annual Holiday party we volunteer at every year! If you have further questions on flocking or are confused on any aspect, feel free to ask an older youth group member or parent!
Looking for a unique activity to do with friends? Then sign up for our annual Scavenger Hunt! On a Sunday night, youth group members split into teams and are given a list of things they have to take pictures of around town. Prior pictures included “Touching a bald man’s head” and “Brushing your teeth under a streetlamp”. Sounds easy right? Well there’s a catch! The photos must be taken in a certain amount of time and only a certain amount of photos are allowed to be taken (disposable cameras are used). Each picture is worth a certain amount of points (not known to any of the participating players). The team with the most points wins the glory of being Scavenger Hunt champions and usually a small prize.
This is an annual collection of cans of soup held around Super Bowl Sunday for the hungry in our area! Members are usually needed to help out after Mass and make signs for the collection boxes.
Performed for the church on Good Friday and the Friday before, Living Stations brings Jesus’ final moments alive. Youth group members are needed to act and read and also for lights and props. No script memorization or prior acting knowledge is necessary! Parts include: Jesus, Mary, Women of Jerusalem, Guards, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Veronica.
Run by the Diocesan Youth Council (a board made up of two youth members from each parish), DYC is an all day-long celebration including fun activities, guest speakers and Mass. The day usually lasts from around 7am-6pm and starts with early morning breakfast. The rest of the day usually includes a keynote speaker (usually a musician), service project, breakout sessions, special guests, the distribution of the St. Timothy award and Mass with the Bishop. This is a diocesan-wide event attended by a large amount of youth groups in the area. If you are looking for an opportunity to make new friends and encounter God in awesome ways, definitely attend! To see a video of the 2013 ‘Acts of the Apostles’ DYC event click here!
This is a two-day diocesan-wide event held at the Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach. The optional first day consists of service work in the community, a meal, Mass and a sleepover. The SPLASH event consists of of fun activities, swimming and Mass on the beach.
How big is the number of Catholic youth in the United States? Well come and find out with 23,000 other youths at the National Catholic Youth Conference. This is an amazing event that happens every other year and has been held for the past few years in Indiana. Meet Catholic teens from around the US as you participate in workshops, stadium-wide events, prayer, reflection and celebration! Walk the streets with 23,000 of your friends and look out for yourself on TV! In 2011, 4 of our youth group members attended the conference for the first time and served as Youth Ambassadors. As ambassadors they kicked off break out sessions and helped with other aspects of the day. An open call is also made for anyone interest in being an animator. The conference spans 4 days and is jam packed with activities from day one! Check out the promo video!