Young Adults Ministry
We are opening our doors to Young Adults, who either reside in our Parish, or simply want to use this opportunity to connect, discuss, enrich themselves and spend some quality time. No, this is not a prayer group, although the issue of prayer, faith and morality will be touched upon many times. Young adults are people from 18 to 30’s, married & single, who very seriously know the realities of life, yet still live out the joys of their youth. The meetings are not classes, where attendance is taken or sign-up is mandatory. Rather, it is a gathering of young people, friends if you will, very informal and laid back. Come as you are. You don’t have to be Catholic in order to join. Be sure to become familiar with us both online and in person. We guarantee that these gatherings will be very fulfilling. You will not waste your time with us. Some of our possible activities will include: bowling, hiking, ice skating, soup kitchen, bike rides, Ski trip, retreats, movie nights, wine tasting, sports, visiting the museum, bbq, Theology on Tap, Midnight Run, Catholic Underground, book club, and community service events. The Young Adult group will meet on the second Saturday of each month after the 5:30PM Mass.
For more information please see Mr. Richard or any of the Young Adult Committee members.
Theology on Tap:
Theology on Tap is a program that combines a convenient setting of a bar with rather serious topics of faith as well as other topics that people face in their lives. While listening and discussing several issues participants can enjoy their meals and drinks as well; it’s a bar after all. This program has been predominantly used in Young Adults ministry all over the country with great success.
Midnight Run Service Opportunity!
Don't know what a Midnight Run is? Midnight Run is an opportunity to serve those without homes, those who often do work, but come "home" to a box because what they are making isn't enough to put a real roof over their heads. When the weather changes and begins to get colder we often "complain" about how cold it is - and then we go back to our warm homes. Imagine how cold, uncomfortable and dehumanizing it is sleeping on the ground or in a doorway. Imagine having to rely on someone else to give you a pair of socks. Well, this is what many of the homeless have to do each day. So, what is Midnight Run? ~ not a solution to homelessness, but rather a bond between those of us who have homes and those who don't. It is an opportunity to forge a relationship of understanding with those who have very little. Although Midnight Run isn't a solution to homelessness - through our commitment - solutions may evolve! If you'd like to volunteer to go out with other young adults to bring food, clothing and comfort to our homeless friends. If you are unable to join us please consider donating things like socks and other basic necessities. Prayer is also great. Check out midnightrun.org for more info.
It is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. JPII said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place.
The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration, and begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer). This is the universal prayer of the Church - prayed by the Catholics throughout the world in every time zone and in every language. After Vespers, there is a time of simple praise. This provides a window for each person to personally encounter Jesus Christ. The beauty of the darkened Church illumined by candles helps us enter the mystery of our Lord's presence in the Eucharist. The holy hour ends with solemn Benediction.
The second part showcases Catholic artists. Here we experience the “new evangelization”. The Underground includes music, poetry, visual art, dancers, film, drama, etc. We end our evening as we began. With the prayer of the Church. Compline (Night Prayer) is simple and beautiful. It concludes with a hymn to Our Lady, Daughter Zion. Mother of the New Jerusalem.
For a list of spiritual and motivational books for Young Adults we recommend the following site: www.dynamiccatholic.com